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Child Protection Roundtable

In 2008, TexProtects created the Child Protection Roundtable (CPRT), which brings together statewide research experts, advocates, and program providers from 40 organizations with child protection expertise.

Prior to each legislative session, the CPRT researches and shares information about the latest challenges within the child welfare system and uses these ideas as the building blocks for consensus on public policy and budget priorities.

During session, the CPRT educates and works with Texas lawmakers to implement these policy and budget priorities, making a systematic change in the child welfare system and improving the lives of Texas children. Many of the CPRT ideas are generated by TexProtects and the CPRT member organizations’ legislative agenda.

Members of the Roundtable include: The Texas Supreme Court Task Force Children’s Commission, Texas CASA, Texans Care for Children, Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards, Texas Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s Hospital Association of Texas, Texas Pediatric Society, Texas Foster Family Association, Center for Public Policy Priorities, National Association of Social Workers-Texas, TCU Institute for Child Development, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and dozens of public and private alliances and providers of foster care services and prevention services.

Mission of the Child Protection Roundtable: The CPRT was created by TexProtects (founding organization) to bring together advocates and experts in the field of child protection in order to develop a consensus public policy agenda and to advocate for child protection with one voice. The CPRT will reach this consensus through subgroups and full member discussion and vote prior to and during each legislative session. The goal of the CPRT is to generate consensus public policy items and to promote and assist in the implementation of these items.

Membership: Membership into the CPRT is by invitation only and is determined by the founding organization and member nominations. Membership will include child protection / child abuse prevention researchers, public policy experts, advocates, funders and program providers. Legislators and legislative staff, agency staff, legislative consultants and others may be invited as guests or for presentations but will not be included in membership.

Contact: If you have questions regarding the Child Protection Roundtable, please contact Pamela McPeters, TexProtects Director of Public Policy.

Child Protection Roundtable Legislative Resources (PDFs)

84th Legislative Session Child Protection Roundtable (CPRT) Resources
84th Legislative Session – CPRT Legislative Scorecard
84th Legislative Session - CPRT Legislative and Budget Agenda

83rd Legislative Session Child Protection Roundtable (CPRT) Resources
83rd Legislative Session – CPRT Legislative Scorecard
83rd Legislative Session – CPRT Legislative and Budget Agenda

82nd Legislative Session Child Protection Roundtable (CPRT) Resources
82nd Legislative Session – CPRT Legislative Priorities Scorecard
82nd Legislative Session – CPRT Budget Priorities Scorecard

81st Legislative Session Child Protection Roundtable (CPRT) Resources
81st Legislative Session – Legislative Priorities


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