Michelle Hughes

Michelle Hughes is the executive director of NC Child and has worked in the field of children’s advocacy for almost 20 years in North Carolina.

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Senators introduce needed child welfare reform

The child welfare system is a last resort for children who are at risk of serious injury, trauma, or even...


What the election doesn’t change

Like many of you, I’ve spent the past several days reflecting on the results of last week’s election and trying...


Helping children cope with disaster

Hurricane Matthew’s flooding rains have wreaked havoc on communities across eastern North Carolina. In Lumberton, 1,500 people were stranded by...


Reading to learn

In recent years, North Carolina’s legislative leaders have zeroed in on early literacy and particularly third-grade reading skills, and rightly...


Preventing youth suicide: What the latest data tells us and where we go from here

We’ve come a long way, but the road is hard. When it comes to preventing child deaths, our state has...


Let’s not just get angry about the state budget, let’s get it right

As the legislative logjam starts to break and the state budget begins to emerge after a month in the murky...


Making sense of the Senate budget proposal

During the mind-numbing record heat of the last few weeks, we were also mentally blanketed by the hundreds of pages of...