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The top five blogs of 2022

By: Claire Hermann | December 2022

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One of the best parts of wrapping up the calendar year is looking back at the highlights. I took a look at the blogs you all read, visited and shared the most in 2022, and here’s what I found:  

Our top five blog posts of 2022 show that NC Child is in an exciting time of transition, staying focused on strategies, policies, and people who are making effective strides for children in North Carolina. Take a look back at a year of big news, strategic action, and leadership: 

#1 Family centered treatment keeps children and their families together

This year’s most popular blog was by 2022 Kids event sponsor Healthy Blue. The message – family centered treatment can prevent family separation and promote family reunification. Read more about how this evidence-based approach keeps families experiencing together and children safe at the holidays and all year round. 

#2 Erica Palmer Smith will be NC Child’s next Executive Director

This year, NC Child welcomed a new executive director. Erica Palmer Smith brings the experience, energy, and passion that will make NC Child  even more effective at advancing public policies that ensure every child in North Carolina has the opportunity to thrive. Read more about Erica, her deep connections with North Carolina, and her wealth of experience. 

#3 A heartfelt thank you from Michelle Hughes

With new beginnings come some goodbyes, and Michelle Hughes, who directed NC Child for eight years, shared great news and gratitude on her last day. Read her thank you and hear about her enthusiasm for what’s ahead for NC Child. 

#4 Three reasons to spread the word about the Child Tax Credit before November 15

The Child Tax Credit proved to be a powerful tool to prevent child poverty in challenging times. In the fall, partners around the country came together to spread the word so that as many families as possible could claim the credit through a simplified filing portal, GetCTC.org. The result: Over 24,000 of NC’s lowest-income families recouped over 7 million in tax credits! Get a glimpse of the outreach plan and how this game-changing tool reached so many families.

#5 Black History in the making: Child advocacy leaders

For Black History Month, we took a look at the North Carolina advocates who are making history every day with their powerful work to shape our children’s futures. Read about how an early educator, a public servant, a doula, an environmental justice leader, and others are forging the way.