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1. What is the Council for Children’s Rights and what is its mission?
The Council For Children’s Rights is Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s leading advocate for children, providing both direct assistance to any child in need today and working for their well-being in the future. The Council for Children’s Rights’ mission is to stand up for every child’s right to be safe, healthy, and educated.
The Council fulfills its mission by working on issues important to children today and tomorrow. For children who are in immediate need or crisis today, the Council:
- Intervenes on behalf of children via three teams:
- Children’s Defense Team
- Custody Advocacy Program
- Individual Advocacy Program
- Provides attorneys, advocates and staff to protect the rights and interests of children who find themselves in court in the midst of a custody decision or other judicial action.
- Connects children and their families with agencies and institutions that can help when these children and families need special services.
2. What is the Larry King Center for Building Children’s Futures?
Through the work of the Larry King Center for Building Children’s Futures, the Council for Children’s Rights also looks out for the long-term well-being of children tomorrow by:
- Maximizing the effectiveness and impact of work being done for children by providers, agencies and funders, and helping to find long-term solutions to chronic problems affecting children in our community.
- Building a strong platform for the future well-being of every child through four key roles:
- Research and Evaluation – providing data, technical assistance and analysis to inform and guide decision-making and promote evidence based best practices.
- Strategic Planning – creating a comprehensive community plan for children, beginning with 0-5 age range and moving up.
- Public Policy – define and advocate for policies and legislation that benefit children at the local, regional and state level.
- Community Engagement – engaging the media and public to build awareness around issues and critical needs, and including the public in decision-making on key topics.
3. What programs do you have?
There are three teams that intervene on behalf of children in crisis: Children’s Defense Team, Custody Advocacy Program and Individual Advocacy Program. Like the foundation of a solid building, The Larry King Center for Building Children’s Futures supports and strengthens the agencies and service providers that work for children in the community by providing services in four areas: Research and Evaluation, Strategic Planning, Public Policy Advocacy and Community Awareness.
4. Why do children need the Council for Children’s Rights?
Children lack a voice. They are not in a position to effectively articulate their needs, confront systems that threaten them, or create strategies to find solutions. The Council for Children’s Rights speaks for children when no one else will; we connect children with adults who will care; we find them the services they need in order to lead productive lives; we fight for their rights. Each day the Council for Children’s Rights works to address the issues, injustices, and/or situations that shape a child’s life for better or worse. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff members know exactly who to call, what to do, and where to go when a child’s life is in crisis. We provide hope where others find roadblocks.
5. How will we know the long-term work of The Larry King Center for Building Children’s Futures is successful?
The work of the Larry King Center will be evaluated by the Duke Center for Child & Family Policy over 10 years, focusing not only on direct outcomes within the areas of focus, but evaluation of structure and systems required for systemic community change.
6. Who is Larry King for whom the Center is named?
Larry King led the Council for Children for 18 years and was a life-long advocate for children across the state of North Carolina until his death in 2005. Larry was an inspiration to our work, and the Center for Building Children’s Futures was his vision. The Board of the Council for Children’s Rights chose to name the center in Larry King’s honor as a testament to his legacy.
7. How is The Larry King Center for Building Children’s Futures funded?
Funds were provided by the Duke Endowment, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, Foundation for the Carolinas and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
8. Where can I find the Council’s 990 ?
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