Action for Children NC and Covenant with NC’s Children merge to create NC Child

January 2014

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New organization will take comprehensive approach to child advocacy

RALEIGH – Action for Children NC and the Covenant with NC’s Children have merged to create NC Child: the Voice for North Carolina’s Children. The merger, which became effective on January 1st, will combine the strengths of each organization – rigorous research and data analysis, a statewide advocacy network, and a strong voice with policy makers – to accomplish great things for North Carolina’s children.

“Our future prosperity as a state depends on our ability to raise healthy and well-educated children. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s ongoing economic troubles and continued budget cuts have threatened to jeopardize the healthy development of our state’s children. These challenges demand the most effective advocacy organization possible, grounded in reliable research and strong data analysis – that’s why we decided to merge and create NC Child,” stated Michelle Hughes, Co-Chair of NC Child’s board of directors.

“We’re excited about the possibilities of NC Child,” stated Chris Kukla, Co-Chair of NC Child’s board of directors. “As a result of the merger, NC Child has a staff and board with a very diverse skill set and tremendous experience. We believe this will serve us well as we work to promote the health, safety, education and economic security of all children in North Carolina. As we seek to expand our base of support, we hope that all North Carolinians will consider joining us.”

Over the next few months, the board will conduct a search for the leader of this new organization.  Until then, Leslie Starsoneck will serve as NC Child’s Interim Executive Director.

“We feel very fortunate to have Leslie on board as we move through this period of change. Leslie has extensive experience in managing these types of transitions and has demonstrated a dedication to children throughout her career,” stated Hughes.

A new logo, website and public launch event will be announced over the next few months.