Our Mission

Council for Children’s Rights envisions a community committed to standing up, speaking out, and acting to ensure every child’s right to be safe, healthy, and well-educated.

Our Work

Together we defend and champion the rights of children to be supported and treated with fairness, compassion, and respect, regardless of personal obstacles.



The Council is court-appointed to represent the best interests of children caught in the middle of high conflict custody cases.


The Council is the court-appointed public defender to represent all children in juvenile delinquency court who have been accused of a crime.

Mental Health

The Council provides legal representation for every child who faces civil commitment to a mental health hospital or residential treatment facility in Mecklenburg County.

Special Education

The Council provides special education advocacy to children in foster care to ensure they receive their right to a free appropriate public education.

Research & Policy

The Council conducts important research and analysis that informs policies, improves systems, and solves complex problems facing children.

Black Lives Matter: By the Numbers

Council for Children’s Rights works to affirm rights for children daily through our individual services, research, and policy work. We are heartbroken and grieve over the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the countless others before them. These tragedies continue to make headlines because, for too long, we have allowed racism to thrive in our systems with the absence of adequate and equitable structural change.

The 2020 State of Our Children Report is here!

Children and families do not exist in a vacuum but, rather, are embedded in our communities and in our systems. Specifically, systems such as education, healthcare, and justice, intersect with social determinants of health, to create a set of conditions within which children and families live, work, play, learn, and interact. Those conditions affect their quality of life and ability to thrive.

Volunteers Needed: New SpEAK Volunteer Program Virtual Training

In early March 2020, Council for Children’s Rights’ Individual Advocacy Team was gearing up for our next “New Volunteer Training” for the Special Education Advocacy for Kids (SpEAK) Volunteer Program. We were finalizing the training materials, contacting the planned attendees with last minute details, and polishing our presentations, excited about sharing the material and getting to know our new volunteers.

COVID-19 CRISIS: “We’re busier than ever”

Thank you as always for your support of Council for Children’s Rights, and our mission to serve the children in our community by providing essential legal representation and advocacy. We are living in a time of crisis and great uncertainty, and because of that, the public services that our legal teams provide are needed now more than ever.

State of Our Children Report

This annual report — formerly known as State of Mecklenburg’s Children — has been produced by the Council for more than 30 years and has become a go-to resource for data on children and families in our community.

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