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Holiday Cards are here!

Holiday Cards are here!

Celebrate the season by supporting Council for Children’s Rights. With your donation of $25 or more you send comfort and protection to our community’s most vulnerable children — AND send a beautiful greeting card to a friend or family member.

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FAQ: “How can I best advocate for my child at school?”

FAQ: “How can I best advocate for my child at school?”

Six top tips on how to best advocate for your child at school: put each communication in writing, keep your child’s education records in one place, schedule meetings with the school, bringing someone with you to important meetings, keep up to date with your child’s progress in school, and get to know your child’s teacher. Read more about each tip.

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The 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. We are excited to be providing this critical information to the community as a resource to support our community’s efforts to increase equity and opportunity for all our children.

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.

Together, this is our community, our children, and our challenge.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to our common goal and we look forward to connecting with you. For more information, or to take action, please download the report and visit the linked resources in the Community Toolkit.

Community Resources

Charlotte is fortunate to have a wealth of organizations dedicated to serving the needs of children and families. Here you’ll find local agencies and resources that serve many and various needs of children and families in our community.

Custody Assistance

Child Find of America
800-716-3468

Child Support Enforcement Agency
704-432-9300

Children’s Law Center
336-831-1909

Law Help NC
www.lawhelpnc.org

Mecklenburg County Bar Lawyer Referral Service
704-375-0120

NC State Bar Lawyer Referral Service
800-662-7660

NCCU Juvenile and Family Law Clinics
919-530-7166

Self-Serve Center at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse
704-686-0210

The Child’s Advocate
919-821-5393

Domestic Violence Support

Children’s Law Center
336-831-1909

Family Service of the Piedmont
336-387-6161

Mecklenburg County’s Community Support Services Division
704-336-3210

NOVA
704-336-4344

Programa Confianza
704-336-3210

Safe Alliance
704-336-4126

Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro
336-275-6090

Education

Legal Assistance

Cuddy Law Firm
704-800-5252
serves low income

Disability Rights of NC
919-856-2195
free, but limited capacity

Gahagan Paradis Law Firm
919-942-1430
charges retainer for services

Law Offices of Keith Howard
704-612-4151
serves low income

Legal Aid of NC
1-866-219-5262
free, but must meet income eligibility requirements

Legal Services for Children of NC
919-914-0548 
free/low cost

Vaughn & Associates
704-360-8798
charges retainer for services

Vogel Law Firm
704-552-3750 
requires a retainer for services

Charter Schools in NC
www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/

 

Drop-Out Prevention

Communities in Schools
704-335-0601 
services particular schools

 

College

ACLU
www.acluofnc.org

College Foundation of NC
866-866-2362

Johnson C. Smith University Scholars Program
704-378-1164

NC Reach
800-585-6112

The College Board
https://www.collegeboards.org/

Emergency Services

911

Carolinas Medical Center – Behavioral Health/Emergency
704-444-2400

Child Protective Services (CPS) with the Department of Social Services
980-314-7700
for general inquiries or social worker information 980-314-3577
to make referrals for abuse, neglect, or human trafficking

Children’s Law Center
336-831-1909

Domestic Violence Hotline
704-332-2513

Family Service of the Piedmont
336-387-6161

Mobile Crisis Unit
704-566-3410

Polaris (Human Trafficking)
1-888-373-7888 or text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733

Presbyterian Hospital Behavioral Health/Emergency
704-384-4255

Rape Crisis Hotline
704-375-9900

Safe Alliance
704-332-2513

Suicide Hotline
(800) 273-8255

WomensLaw.org

Healthcare

Cardinal Access Line, for Medicare coverage
1-800-939-5911

Cardinal Concern Line
1-888-213-9687

Care Ring
704-375-0172

Center for Community Transitions
704-494-0001

Charlotte Regional Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
704-568-8558

Community Care Partners of Greater Mecklenburg
704-512-5555

Mecklenburg Behavioral Health Division
980-314-4022

Mecklenburg County Health Department
704-336-4700

Medicaid Office of Appeals
919-855-4260

Pregnancy Resource Center of Charlotte
704-372-5981

Teen Health Connection
704-381-8336

Wise Guys through Children’s Home Society
704-334-9955

Housing, Finance & Job Development

A Child’s Place
704-343-3790

American Red Cross
704-378-4620

Center for Community Transitions
704-494-0001

Charlotte Area Fund
704-372-3010

Charlotte Housing Authority
704-336-5183

Community Link
704-943-9490

Crisis Assistance Ministries
704-371-3001

Jackson Park Ministries
704-392-4981

Matthews HELP Center
704-847-8383

NC Housing Finance Agency
919-877-5700

Stony Point Christian Ministry
704-585-6521

The Relatives
704-377-0602

The Salvation Army
704-348-2560

Latin American

International House
704-333-8099

Latin American Coalition
704-531-3848

Programa Confianza
704-336-3210

GENERAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE

American Civil Liberties Union of NC

Freedom Center for Social Justice
980-729-8454

Law Help NC
www.lawhelpnc.org

Legal Aid of North Carolina
704-376-1600

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
704-376-1600

Mecklenburg County Bar Lawyer Referral Service
704-375-0120

United Way 2-1-1
www.nc.freelegalanswers.org

 

CUSTODY

Children’s Law Center
336-831-1909 (Triad Area)

Mecklenburg County Bar Lawyer Referral Service
704-375-0120

NC State Bar Lawyer Referral Service
1-800-622-7407

NCCU Juvenile and Family Law Clinics
919-530-7166

Self-Serve Center at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse
704-686-0210

Mental Health

Family First
704-364-3989

Family Service of the Piedmont
336-387-6161

Harris Counseling and Coaching
980-533-1131

Jackson Park Ministries
704-392-4981

KinderMourn
704-376-2580

Mecklenburg Behavioral Health Division
980-314-4022

Mecklenburg County’s Community Support Services Division
704-336-3210

Monarch Youth Crisis Center
(844) 263-0050

Pat’s Place
704-335-2760

Q Foundation
704-930-6000

Teen Health Connection
704-381-8336

Thompson
704-536-0375

Special Education & Disability

Disability Information/Resources/Trainings

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in NC
https://law.duke.edu/childedlaw/special-education-nc/

Autism After 18
http://autismafter18.org/

Autism Charlotte
704-910-4512

Autism Society of NC
1-800-442-2762

Beginnings For Parents of Children
Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
800-541-4327

Disability Rights and Resources
704-537-0550
all disabilities

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte
704-536-2163

Dyslexia Advocacy Group of the Carolinas
704-659-1461

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC)
1-800-962-6817
all disabilities

Office for Civil Rights, technical assistance
202-453-6020 (provides limited information)
Disability discrimination, file a complaint
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/
ocr/complaintintro.html

The Arc of Mecklenburg County
704-332-4535
focused on intellectual & developmental disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
info@ncld.org

Trusted Parents
980-229-7253
all disabilities

 

Support Groups

Charlotte Autism Foundation – Multicultural Autism Support Group
704-618-1489

Exceptional Parents of Exceptional Children (Christ Church Charlotte)
704-714-6957

Family Support Network of North Carolina
704-336-7173

HITCH-UP (Hearing Impaired Toddlers and Children Have Unlimited Potential)
www.hitchup.org

ParentVOICE (Mental Health America)
704-365-3454
strict eligibility criteria

Youth Development

ACE – Charlotte
704-280-9832

Angel’s Watch
980-259-1000

Behailu Academy
980-224-8854

Charlotte Works for Youth
980-237-2800

Eckerd Community-Based Services
704-817-7078

Grace Covenant Church
704-892-8005

Inspire the Fire
704-597-9577

Job Corps
1-800-733-5627

LIFT Academy
980-343-9417

LINKS Services
704-336-3000

On Ramp Resource Center (The Relatives)
704-501-8240

Right Moves for Youth
704-377-4425

Studio 345
704-333-2272

Teen Health Connection
704-381-8336

Time Out Youth
704-344-8335

Wise Guys through Children’s Home Society
704-334-9955