Founding Executive Director’s Bio
Madeline McClure, LCSW
Madeline is the founding Executive Director of TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children. TexProtects is a Dallas-based statewide child advocacy membership organization. Our fiscal sponsor is the Dallas Foundation, a non-profit 501C-3 community foundation.
Prior to her work as an advocate, McClure spent nine years on Wall Street. McClure was Vice President of SG Warburg in finance and investments in New York, NY when she decided to switch careers to work with abused and neglected children. She spent over five years as a clinical therapist for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center providing therapy services to child abuse victims after earning her MSSW. Since 2000, Madeline has advocated for investment in proven and cost-effective child abuse prevention programs, CPS improvements and services that help abuse victims heal to Congress, the Texas State Legislature and Dallas County Commissioners.
Under the leadership of McClure, TexProtects has assisted and/or led the passage of over 35 bills, contributed to two additional omnibus reform bills, and has secured over $70 million in public funding investments in the Nurse-Family Partnership program and other proven, cost-effective home visiting solutions.
Madeline serves on:
- Texas Lt. Governor’s Appointee to the Texas Protect Our Kids Act Commission
- Texas Speaker Appointee to the Child Abuse Prevention and Child Welfare State Task Force established by SB 2080 (State Blue Ribbon Task Force)
- The Nurse-Family Partnership Statewide Advisory Board, Co-Chair
- The Child Protection Roundtable, Founding Chair
- The Nurse-Family Partnership Steering Committee-Dallas, Member
- YWCA of Major Metropolitan Dallas Advisory Board, Member
- Child Abuse Prevention Coalition Advocacy Committee, Chair of Advocacy
- Texans Care for Children “Partners in CPS Reform” and Child Welfare Campaign Committee
Madeline served as an appointee to the Dallas County Child Welfare Board for six years, Chair as two years.
Madeline has served on other local and statewide children and mental health-focused organizations. She is a member of the Dallas Assembly and Leadership Texas.
- 2014 “Simmons Luminary Award,” to McClure and TexProtects, SMU School of Education
- 2013 “Advocate of the Year” award for TexProtects, Texas Council on Child Welfare Board
- 2009 “Thinking Creatively for Public Health Award”, NFP Steering Committee
- 2009 “Distinguished Volunteer Service Award”, Dallas County Child Welfare Board
- 2009 “Tribute Award” for McClure and TexProtects, Greater Texas Community Partners
- 2005 “President’s Call to Service” Volunteer Award, President of the U.S.
- 2005 “Volunteer of the Year Award,” Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards, Region 3
- 2004 “Distinguished Alumni of the Year,” University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work
- 2004 “Social Worker of the Year,” National Association of Social Workers (Dallas Chapter)
- 2004 “Advocacy Angel” award as a member organization of the Child Abuse Prevention Coalition, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
- 2003 “Child Advocate of the Year,” Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children
- 2002 “Children’s Champion Award,” Dallas for Children
- 2001 “Advocate of the Year” Prism award, Mental Health Association
McClure earned her Masters of Science in Social Work from U.T.A., starting her studies at NYU. She earned a BA in Economics at Rutgers College at Rutgers University. Madeline is married to Jim McClure and has two stepchildren and two grandchildren.