CHARLOTTE, NC (May 15, 2018): Council for Children’s Rights (CFCR), a Charlotte non-profit providing advocacy and legal representation programs for children, has named attorney Caitlin Whalan to lead its Individual Advocacy Team (IAT). She began her duties as director on April 16.
As director, Whalan will have responsibility for managing programs that provide legal representation and advocacy to individual children in crisis, focusing primarily in the areas of mental health, special education, and child welfare.
IAT attorneys serve as court-appointed Guardian ad litem for children who enter DSS custody via juvenile court and as Education Surrogate Parents for children in DSS custody who have complicated and complex education needs and issues. In addition to legal representation, the team also conducts a series of training workshops for parents and professionals on special education, school discipline, and disability rights topics.
Whalan first joined the Council as a summer intern in 2014 working with the agency’s Custody Advocacy program. Upon graduation from law school, she returned to the Council and has worked as a staff attorney in Individual Advocacy since 2015.
In announcing her appointment, CFCR’s executive director Bob Simmons noted, “In all her roles here at the Council, Caitlin has demonstrated an intelligent and compassionate commitment to children in crisis. In her new capacity as director, Caitlin will lead her team with that same professional excellence and personal dedication, ensuring children with special education needs receive the services and support critical to their success.”
Whalan received a BA in Music and Communication Studies from Furman University and her JD from William & Mary Law School. In addition to her work with the Council, she continues to pursue her interest in the musical arts, performing as a church musician, chorister, and soloist with a number of area ensembles including the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and Charlotte Symphony Chamber Singers.