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What You Need to Know About CMS’ Instruction Plan

What You Need to Know About CMS’ Instruction Plan

From remote learning to shifting in-person and from cohort schedules to updated timelines, Council for Children’s Rights has created one place for information about school reopening and options for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ families.

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Black Lives Matter: By the Numbers

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.

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The 2020 State of Our Children Report is here!

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.

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Volunteers Needed: New SpEAK Volunteer Program Virtual Training

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.

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

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.

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COVID-19 CRISIS: Juvenile Justice Report

COVID-19 CRISIS: Juvenile Justice Report

With cases of COVID-19 multiplying by the day, it is only a matter of time before the virus enters jails and prisons holding Mecklenburg County youth – if it hasn’t already. While there has been some discussion about the devastating impact this will have on incarcerated people, little attention has been paid to one of the most vulnerable populations in custody: our children.

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COVID-19 CRISIS: Special Education and Foster Children Report

COVID-19 CRISIS: Special Education and Foster Children Report

During this unprecedented public health crisis, the Individual Advocacy Team at Council for Children’s Rights continues to work diligently to provide ongoing support and advocacy for the children we serve. Our attorneys and volunteers are closely monitoring developments, assessing the effects, and responding to resulting challenges faced by our children.

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COVID-19 CRISIS: Custody Advocacy Report

COVID-19 CRISIS: Custody Advocacy Report

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.

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COVID-19 CRISIS: Child Advocacy & Policy Report

COVID-19 CRISIS: Child Advocacy & Policy Report

During this unprecedented time, using data and research to inform policy is a crucial tool in advocating for our children and families. At no time in our agency’s history has our philosophy that children’s rights are human rights been more true or more in jeopardy; and without a State budget, the health and safety of our communities is a an elusive target.

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COVID-19 Information for our Volunteers and Supporters

At Council for Children’s Rights, the health and safety of our child clients and their families, our steadfast volunteers and supporters, our community at large, and our dedicated team of board and staff is always at the front of our mind. While our...

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The Third Annual Juvenile Justice Report

The Third Annual Juvenile Justice Report

In honor of Juvenile Justice Awareness Month, Council for Children’s Rights, in partnership with Race Matters for Juvenile Justice, is pleased to present the third annual Juvenile Justice Report using both local and state data.  Throughout the month of October, we've...

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2019 Raise the Age Supplement

2019 Raise the Age Supplement

On December 1, 2019, North Carolina Raise the Age legislation will take effect; that means that 16- and 17-year-olds will no longer automatically be treated as adults when accused of a crime. A great deal has changed since the 2017 legislation was ratified and many...

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice

Black and Latinx youth are over-represented at various points of contact in the juvenile justice system. How can we reduce these disparities? Strategies include using data to inform policy and practice, and changing our culture to focus less on punitive...

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