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TexProtects Announced as the New Texas Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America

February 21, 2017


Press Contact:
Lee Nichols

DALLAS, TEXAS - 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 national organization’s 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. TexProtects led the charge in securing more than $105 million in funding for home visiting prevention programs and the passage of 41 bills into law, making a major impact on state child protection policy.

“In 1999, I began a personal mission to protect children from abuse and neglect that eventually grew into founding TexProtects in 2004,” said McClure. “We’ve grown from a tiny start-up with a budget of $50,000 to a $1.3 million full-fledged advocacy organization. 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 and led the passage of the statewide Nurse-Family Partnership Act securing the funding to start eight sites across Texas. In 2012, TexProtects formed the Texas Home Visiting Coalition, leading members and advocates to establish the Texas Home Visiting Program through legislation and new funding and create the continuum of home visiting programs. TexProtects has aggressively protected and 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.”

About Prevent Child Abuse America

Founded in 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America is a national organization with chapters in all 50 states and nearly 600 Healthy Families America home visitation sites. We lay the groundwork to deliver the great childhoods that all children deserve. We promote services that improve child well-being and develop programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect. Ninety-two cents of every dollar donated goes directly into programs and services, which is why we have received top ratings by a variety of charity watchdog organizations, including Charity Navigator, GreatNonprofits and GuideStar. To learn more about Prevent Child Abuse America please visit their website

To learn more about Prevent Child Abuse America please visit their website at www.preventchildabuse.org.

For more information about TexProtects' new role as PCAA's Texas chapter, please go to www.texprotects.org/about/PCAT/.

Posted on February 22, 2017.

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