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Charlotte Talks Takes on #Gault and Raise the Age

Public radio station WFAE welcomed Council Executive Director Bob Simmons, District Court Judge Elizabeth Trosch, and Asst. Public Defender Mujtaba Mohammed to the Charlotte Talks studios this morning for a program focusing on juvenile justice issues and reform. Fifty...

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Deborah Hampton: The Big Heart That Inspires Others

It is not possible to have too many good things to say about Council for Children's Rights board member, Deborah Hampton.  So we are pleased to be able to share the following article, which first appeared in Bank of America's Diversity and Inclusion Business Council...

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Clark To Present Costs on CMS School Assignment

Plans for the new CMS School Assignment plan continue to move forward. Superintendent Ann Clark will present information on what those proposed changes will cost at a public meeting scheduled for next week. The plan has received mixed reviews, not surprising or...

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Join Us in Signing the #Gaultat50 Statement of Principles

On May 15th, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of In re Gault, the case that transformed our juvenile court system and established the rights of children to counsel and due process. Though we have come a long way since that day, the promise of Gault has not...

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Child Abuse Prevention – What you Can Do

    Strong communities help to grow strong kids and families. Communities have a great impact on the lives of children and families. Just as plants are more likely to thrive in a garden with good soil and plenty of sunlight and water, families are more...

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Take Action Now to Raise The Age

It's been an incredible few weeks for Raise the Age! House Bill 280 was introduced in Raleigh with strong bi-partisan support and a total of 68 co-sponsors (a majority of the House). The Raise the Age Charlotte Town Hall was both inspirational and informative and we...

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Wear Blue Thursday for Child Abuse Prevention

In an act of solidarity, child advocates and local schools will turn Mecklenburg County blue on Thursday, April 6, 2017, as they wear the color of child abuse prevention to bring awareness to this critical issue. The Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team, (of which...

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Council Honors Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month....  and Council for Children's Rights is part of the Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team, a group of child-serving organizations and individuals who have joined forces to help build public awareness around the issue of child...

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Keeping Kids Safe Online

  As in the “real” world, children are vulnerable when they enter the world of the internet.  Even without meaning to, it is easy for them to come into contact with the darker side of the net.   In our work at the Council, we have become all too familiar with the...

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Editorial: HB 280 – The Right Thing to Do

by Bob SImmons, executive director In my 30 years working with and advocating for children, one thing is clear  children are like sponges soaking in what they see and experience.  When our political discussions include so much rhetoric that appears to devalue many of...

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Profile: Catherine Smith, Attorney – Custody Advocacy

Name:  Catherine A. Smith CFCR role: Staff Attorney on the Custody Advocacy Team What got you interested in working in child advocacy? I didn’t even realize I could represent children as a career when I started law school. When I began law school, my goal was to help...

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Photo Gallery – A Night For Children’s Rights 2017

Thanks to all who helped to make A Night for Children's Rights such a great success.  Pledges and checks are still being tallied, but preliminary totals have us on track to exceed our $405,000 goal for the evening. It was truly a special evening.  Our speaker, Dwayne...

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