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Center for Child Advocacy

The Center for Child Advocacy provides a variety of government relations, advocacy, and development services in support of MUSC Children’s Health. The Center also provides management services to the South Carolina Children’s Hospital Collaborative (SCCHC), a nonprofit association consisting of the state’s four children’s hospitals. Additionally, the Center works collaboratively with many other advocacy organizations on legislative and children’s safety issues to maximize the effect. Many of these organizations are included in the resources section of the SCCHC website.

Why Children Need Advocates

  • Children are too young to vote. Hence, they lack a “legislative” voice without advocates.
  • Children’s healthcare is unique in that over half of services are publicly funded through Medicaid.
  • The funding for Medicaid is provided by state and federal appropriations each year – a highly political process

Being an advocate for kids doesn’t have to take a lot of time. It can be as simple as sending a quick email to a legislator about a proposed budget cut or a bill affecting children’s services.

Search for health care options for uninsured children.

For more information about the Center for Child Advocacy (CCA) and its activities, please contact any of the following individuals:

Charles P. Darby, Jr., M.D. Executive Director, CCA

Professor Emeritus, MUSC Pediatrics


Ms. Dena Hughes
, Program Manager, CCA

Administrative Coordinator, SCCHC


Ms. Maggie Michael, Director, CCA

Executive Director, SCCHC


Mailing & Street Address

MUSC Children's Health Center for Child Advocacy

310 Broad Street, Suite 10

Charleston, SC 29401