Stories and Profiles

Spotlight on Service – Katten Muchin Rosemann

As with any partnership that grows from the personal commitment of individuals in an organization to a common cause, it is hard to pick an exact date when the partnership began between Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Council for Children’s Rights, but we know it has...

Ellie and Trey

Ellie* and Trey* had always lived with their Mom.  She and Dad had never been married, but they got along so no one ever saw a need to go to court about a formal custody arrangement. Things changed when Ellie entered her teens.  Mom got married and Ellie had a new...

Carolyn Brown Retires After 30 Years at the Council

It was supposed to be a temporary job – just filling in for a couple of weeks at what was then Council for Children.  But that two-week temp job turned into a decades long career for the Council’s Director of Administration, Carolyn Brown. What happened?  “I fell in...

Michael’s Story

Michael needed a superhero just like you. Nothing Michael* ever did seemed to be good enough for his father.  His dad used to get angry…a lot. He yelled at Michael, threatened him, and made him feel worthless.  Sadly, these were just “normal” parts of a typical day in...

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...

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...

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