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Child Advocacy

Established in 2001, Dr. Charles Darby, founder of MUSC Children's Hospital with granddaughter, Ameliathe Center for Child Advocacy provides a variety of government relations, advocacy, and development services in support of the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The Center also provides management services to the South Carolina Children’s Hospital Collaborative (SCCHC), a nonprofit association of the state’s four children’s hospitals.

The Center works collaboratively with many advocacy organizations (listed at SCCHC) on legislative and children’s safety issues.

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.

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

Mailing & Street Address:
MUSC Center for Child Advocacy
135 Rutledge Avenue
MSC 561
Charleston, SC 29425

Ms. Maggie Michael
Director, CCA
Executive Director, SCCHC
Phone: 843-876-1091

Named Best Children's Hospital

The U.S. News & World Report rankings once again place the MUSC Children’s Hospital heart program among the top 20 in the country. Six MUSC Children’s Hospital divisions are honored in the rankings:

  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Urology
  • Cancer
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Orthopedics



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