Help for Children and Families

We are committed to helping children and families find the support and resources they need when they are facing a wide range of challenges.





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We get by with more than a little help from our friends.  Looking for volunteers – attorneys and non-attorneys – to give a little of yourself and your time to make a real difference.


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Believe in Children

“All kids need is
a little help,
a little hope, and
somebody who believes in them.”
Ervin “Magic” Johnson
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You Have Stood Up – Letter To the Opportunity Task Force

  The following letter was sent to members of the Opportunity Task Force on the release of their report by Council's executive director Bob Simmons  An edited, amended version of this piece first appeared in the Viewpoint section of The Charlotte Observer on...
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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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2017 Child Maltreatment Report Released

Council for Children's Rights released its 2017 Child Maltreatment Report this week. The annual report is published each year in April in conjunction with national Child Abuse Prevention Month. During fiscal year 2015-16, 14,527 children, or 5.5% of all children under...
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Editorial: Children Come First – Then, Now, and Always

October 30 marks the end of 19 months since I became Executive Director of Council for Children’s Rights. While I was busy each day figuring out how to serve our phenomenal Staff as they serve our community’s children, the Council passed an important milestone: March...

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Council Urges Governor McCrory to Comply with PREA

Letter sent this week in support of implementation of the Youth Inmate Standard to Protect Children in Adult Prisons October 11, 2016 --  Council for Children’s Rights, a Charlotte-based non-profit offering legal representation and advocacy services for children in...

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Legal Services & Advocacy

We provide advocacy and legal services for children
in the areas of mental health, delinquency,
custody advocacy, special education,
and abuse and neglect.

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Research & Policy

We improve outcomes for children by working collaboratively with community partners to improve community infrastructure and increase the capacity and support of local child-serving agencies.
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We are a community:  of advocates, attorneys, children, parents, volunteers, community partners.

We are Council for Children’s Rights and these are our stories.


If we don’t stand up for children,

then we don’t stand for much.  

Marian Wright Edelman

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