What We Do
Council for Children’s Rights improves the lives and futures of children in Mecklenburg County through legal representation, individual advocacy, and by addressing community-wide issues through research and policy work. We work to achieve our mission by: 1. Providing legal services and advocacy for individual children in the areas of child welfare, custody, delinquency, mental health, and special education. 2. Engaging our community to use research that informs policies, improves systems, and solves complex problems facing children. 3. Educating and training professionals, parents, and others who represent, work with, and care for children to become more effective advocates. 4. Collaborating with community partners by providing expertise, leadership, and support to create cooperative solutions that achieve better outcomes for our children.
- In 2017, working with a statewide coalition we helped to assemble bipartisan support to pass legislation to Raise the Age of juvenile jurisdiction.
- We offered free special education advocacy training to over 400 parents, caretakers, and child-serving professionals last year.
- All CFCR staff, as part of our commitment to inclusion, attended the 2-day Dismantling Racism training hosted by Race Matters for Juvenile Justice.
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