Two major child abuse prevention nonprofits announced today that they are joining forces to combat child maltreatment in Texas. TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, has joined Prevent Child Abuse America® as the Texas chapter. TexProtects will take over and expand upon the previous operations of Prevent Child Abuse Texas.
TexProtects is a statewide organization that already has a strong track record of influencing child protection policy for more than a decade under the direction of founding CEO Madeline McClure.
“In 1999, I began a personal mission to protect children from abuse and neglect that eventually grew into TexProtects in 2004,” said McClure. “We’ve grown from just me and an assistant into a full-fledged advocacy organization making a major impact on state policy, securing more than $105 million in funding for prevention programs and passing or assisting passage of 41 bills into law. Making a connection with a major non-profit with national reach like Prevent Child Abuse America is the next logical step in our growth.”
In 2007, TexProtects initiated a statewide Nurse-Family Partnership pilot in Texas, and in 2013 was the lead advocate to formally establish the Texas Home Visiting Program through legislation. TexProtects has aggressively protected or ramped up funding for home visiting every session since.
“We are grateful to the leaders of TexProtects for joining our organization and taking the steps to become an official chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America,” said Dan Duffy, President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. “Our chapters are on the front lines of creating the next generation of American leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs, and we are excited to see this work expand in Texas.”
We are thrilled to have an organization with such a rich history and strong track record for child advocacy joining our network. Catch up with TexProtects by liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter.