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North Carolina Child Advocates

North Carolina Child Advocates


Organizations listed include those working to improve policies affecting children and families in North Carolina at the state or regional level, as well as those with local chapters.

The materials and opinions expressed in the following links are not necessarily those of Action for Children North Carolina.  Action for Children does not endorse specific organizations, events, individuals, curricula or best practices implementation.

State Level Advocates

These groups work primarily at the state level:

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina works towards the prevention of adolescent pregnancy is the business of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina (APPCNC).

The Coalition (formerly Coalition 2001) includes individuals and organizations working together to meet the needs of North Carolinians living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and the disease of addiction. 

The Covenant with North Carolina’s Children is a 501(c)4 coalition working to advance policies that benefit North Carolina’s children and pushes for legislation in eight issue areas: child welfare, early childhood education, economic security, education, health, juvenile justice, mental health/substance abuse/developmental disabilities and safety. 

El Pueblo is an advocacy and public policy organization dedicated to strengthening the Latino Community through leadership development, proactive and direct advocacy, education, and promotion of cross-cultural understanding in partnerships at the local, state, and national levels.

National Association of Social Workers – NC Chapter is an administrative unit of the National Association of Social Workers s is involved in professional advocacy through lobbying efforts in the NC General Assembly and representation on numerous statewide coalitions, committees and task forces, as well as with numerous departments with NC state government.  The Chapter's advocacy efforts also cover issues that would be of concern to social workers clients, such as health care for all.

The NC Child Fatality Task Force is a legislative study commission that acts as the policy arm of the state's child fatality prevention system. The task force studies data and makes recommendations to the NC General Assembly on changes to laws, rules or policies to reduce the incidence of child fatalities in the state. Click for more information: Sample of Policy Successes, and the General Statute that created the Task Force. 2008 Summary of Accomplishments.

NC Justice Center strives to reduce and eliminate poverty in North Carolina by helping to ensure that every North Carolina household gains access to the resources, services and fair treatment that it needs in order to enjoy economic security. The NC Justice Center includes the NC Health Access Coalition and the NC Budget and Tax Center.

North Carolina MomsRising works to make North Carolina more child- and family-friendly.

NC Policy Watch is an independent project of the NC Justice Center that strives  to improve the quality of life in the state by convincing state leaders to make the kinds of investments in people and institutions that allow us to address our most pressing problems.

NC Women United is a consensus-based coalition of organizations committed to achieving full equality and empowerment for women.  Activities include sponsoring Women's Agenda Assemblies, Women's Advocacy Day, and producing a Legislative Report Card.

Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office, a public agency in the North Carolina Department of Administration, offers a blend of programs and services for children, youth and young adults. It seeks to enhance the quality of the lives of children and youth in the state through individual and class advocacy intervention and by offering opportunities for leadership development and experiential education. Click here for their brochure.

State Level Advocates with Local Affiliates

These groups work at both the state and local level:

American Association of University Women – NC (AAUW-NC) works in North Carolina to carry out the mission of the American Association of University Women — advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

Children and Family Services Association – NC  (CFSA-NC) is an association of members who provide quality critical care to North Carolina's most vulnerable children and families.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina works to connect community resources with schools and other sites to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life.

Disability Rights North Carolina works to empower and advocate for people with mental disabilities.

Family Support Network of North Carolina  works to promote and provide support for families with children who have special needs.

IDA & Asset-Building Collaborative of NC  is a statewide organization serving as the central coordinating agency for asset-based development in North Carolina.

Legal Aid North Carolina, Advocates for Children’s Services project, provides free legal representation for children who are in need of medical, psychiatric, special education and foster care/adoption services to which they are entitled under state and federal law.

Mental Health Association of North Carolina, Inc.  works o promote mental health, prevent mental disorders & eliminate discrimination against people with mental disorders.  Goals are accomplished through community advocacy, education, and service.

National Alliance on Mental Illness -- NC works to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families living with the debilitating effects of severe and persistent mental illness. We work to protect the dignity of people living with brain disorders through advocacy, education, and support.

NC Civic Education Consortium works with schools, governments and community organizations to prepare North Carolina's young people to be active, responsible citizens.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – North Carolina Conference is an organization dedicated to ensuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

Prevent Child Abuse NC advocates for important programs and policies for children and families and works to heighten public awareness of child abuse and neglect and what can be done to prevent it. Provides support services for a statewide network of child abuse prevention programs. 

SmartStart and the NC Partnership for Children works to ensure that every child in North Carolina arrives at school healthy and ready to succeed.

Regional Child Advocates

These groups work primarily at the regional level but are also involved in advocating for children at the state level:

Children First of Buncombe County, based in Western North Carolina, works to improve the lives of children, youth and their families through community collaboration, advocacy and programs.

Council for Children’s Rights, based in Charlotte, works to protect, promote, and passionately represent children, their needs and their issues by providing a unified, comprehensive continuum of advocacy and legal services for children’s issues.

Forsyth Futures is a community collaborative dedicated to continually improving positive outcomes for the children, adults, and families of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community. 

The Child Advocacy Commission of the Lower Cape Fear, based in Wilmington, NC works to provide children with avenues for growth, opportunities for success and a voice for justice. 


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