About Us

Mission Statement

The Covenant with North Carolina’s Children is a coalition of over 60 service providers, civic associations, and advocacy organizations who have formed a covenant by promising to advance public policy that benefits children and families in North Carolina and to put children and youth first in our public and private lives.

The Covenant pursues its agenda through direct lobbying of state-level officials, public awareness campaigns and an effective grassroots network. Through these efforts, the Covenant works to make North Carolina a national leader in valuing children and supporting parents.

The Covenant is membership driven. Members draft the Covenant's Legislative Agenda. Member Organizations have the final voice in all of the Covenant's major decisions. Organizations, agencies and individuals can join the Covenant.

What We Do

The Covenant’s primary goal is to promote public policy that benefits children in North Carolina. To achieve that goal, we employ a variety of strategies:

Direct Advocacy – Covenant staff educate legislators and other elected officials about the needs of children in North Carolina and public policies that will address those needs. During the legislative session, Covenant staff maintain a constant presence in the General Assembly and work to promote the Covenant’s annual legislative agenda.

Public Education – The Covenant recognizes that an educated and engaged citizenry is critical to the long-term well-being of children in North Carolina. To that end, the Covenant actively pursues opportunities to publicize important issues in traditional and new media. To keep up with the latest news about the Covenant, follow us on twitter - @NC_Children.

Community Organizing
– In addition to educating the public on important issues, the Covenant also seeks to engage community members by providing opportunities for civic engagement. Since children do not have the ability to advocate for themselves, we believe it is the responsibility of North Carolina’s adults to speak on their behalf.


Rob Thompson, Executive Director

Prior to joining the Covenant in 2008, Rob held various advocacy and organizing positions. From 2003 to 2005, Rob worked as an organizer at the Center for Campus Free Speech, where he organized campus communities and lawyers around the country to protect the First Amendment rights of students. From 2005 to 2008, Rob directed NC Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG), a consumer and good government advocacy group. In this role, he worked as the chief lobbyist and spokesperson for NCPIRG. Rob grew up in Atlanta, GA and attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where he graduated with a degree in English Literature.

Board of Directors


Michelle Hughes
Benchmarks NC

Jill Cox
United Way NC

Board Members

Brandy Bynum
Action for Children North Carolina

Christopher Hill
NC Justice Center

Marni Eisner
Council for Children's Rights

Michelle Zechmann
Haven House

Carolyn Abdullah
Prevent Child Abuse NC

Matt Gross
Partnership for NC's Children

Allison Jordan
Children First / Communities in Schools of Buncombe County

Contact Us:

Please contact us with any questions or comments. To get information about becoming a Covenant member, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with "Covenant Membership" in the subject line.

Covenant with North Carolina’s Children, Inc.
PO Box 28268
Raleigh, NC 27611


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