Stories and Profiles

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...

Sam’s Story

"Sam's Story" is a composite of real client stories and situations.  To protect the privacy of our young clients, their stories are portrayed by child actors.   This video was first presented at A Night for Children's Rights in 2017.  

Michael’s Story

“Michael's Story” is a composite based on real client stories and situations.  To protect the privacy of our young clients, these stories are portrayed by child actors.   This video was first presented at A Night for Children’s Rights in 2017....

Jamie’s Story

"Jamie's Story" is a composite based on real client stories and situations.  To protect the privacy of our young clients, these stories are portrayed by child actors.   This video was first presented at A Night for Children's Rights in 2017.  

Board Member Kelly Brooks-Charlottean of the Year

FOUR YEARS AGO, when SHARE Charlotte was still in its infancy and trying to gather supporters and clients, Kelly Brooks met with as many people as possible to sell her idea of bringing all of Charlotte’s nonprofits together. It didn’t take long before person after...

Brian Miller, Chair of Young Ambassadors Group

Meet Brian Miller -- the new Chair of the Council's Young Ambassadors Group (YAG).  A Manager of Grant Thornton LLP’s Forensics Advisory Services practice and based in the Charlotte office, Brian took on volunteer leadership role in October. How long you’ve...

Profile: Young Ambassador Sabrina Clark

Take a moment to get to know, Sabrina Clark, a member of the Young Ambassadors Group (YAG) board, currently serving as its secretary. She joined YAG about a year ago, shortly after she moved to Charlotte from Nashville, TN. Sabrina is a committed ambassador for...

Children Rising to the Challenge for Children

We hear lots of inspiring stories here at Council for Children’s Rights, but is there anything more moving than when children reach out to help children?   Board member and long-time child advocate Lesley Garafola sent in a very special donation from her three...

Abby’s Story-Teenagers Make Mistakes

Abby* was 14 years old when she was arrested. She made a mistake. It wasn’t her first and, as you know, it won’t be her last. She’s human. She’s only a teenager. With wealthy parents, a nice home and all the latest electronics, she had anything she wanted, except...

Profile: Board member Leslie Schlernitzauer

Ask Board member Leslie Schlernitzauer how long she’s been involved with the Council and she quickly responds, “I have no idea…..since the beginning of time!”  Introduced to the work of the Council years ago through her mother, Sis Kaplan, and Dolly Tate, one of the...

Profile: Meet Emily Tamilin

Get to know some of the people who make up Council for Children’s Rights: attorneys, social workers, administrators, child advocates and others. This month, we’d like to introduce you to Emily Tamilin, Council's Director of Research and Public Policy here at the...

Volunteer Profile: Cory Rogers

For nearly seven years, Cory Rogers has volunteered for Council for Children’s Rights, both as a member of the board for our Young Ambassadors Group (YAG), and currently as a member of the board of the Council where he as also serves as chair of the Finance Committee....

Charlotte Parent recognizes Kelly Brooks

Council board member, Kelly Brooks is featured this month in Charlotte Parent Magazine as one of their "2015 People Who Care." Kelly Brooks Champion of Community Connections After nine years as a stay-at-home mom, Kelly Brooks began investigating ways she could...

Profile: Meet Deborah Whitfield

This fall, we’re sharing profiles of some of the people who make up Council for Children’s Rights: attorneys, social workers, administrators, child advocates and others. This month, we'd like to introduce you to Deborah Whitfield, a child advocate and staff attorney...

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