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TexProtects CEO Madeline McClure Announces Retirement, Transition to Board of Directors

TexProtects CEO Madeline McClure Announces Retirement, Transition to Board of Directors

TexProtects CEO Madeline McClure

April 26, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lee Nichols
512-796-9877
[email protected]

Dallas, Texas — Today, TexProtects | Champions for Safe Children announced that its founder Madeline McClure will retire from her duties as CEO and transition to the Board of Directors.

McClure began her advocacy for children 20 years ago, after a successful career on Wall Street. After helping heal abuse victims as a licensed clinical social worker therapist, McClure founded TexProtects in 2004, with the goal of tackling the epidemic of child maltreatment on a systemic level through research, education and advocacy. Her backgrounds in both finance and social work merged to make her an effective legislative advocate, as she was able to demonstrate to lawmakers that child maltreatment prevention programs both save lives and produce a return on investment for taxpayers.

TexProtects has been successful in its mission, leading the effort to secure over $135 million in state funds for evidence-based child abuse prevention and family support home visiting programs. TexProtects also led and assisted in passage of 46 pieces of legislation including three omnibus bills.

McClure will continue as CEO until her successor has been hired, as late as December 31, 2018. She will then adopt the new title of Founder and Strategic Advisor in pursuing her passion for child abuse prevention policy.

McClure plans to spend more time with her elderly mother and other family in the North East, while pursuing artistic and spiritual interests and travel.

“My goal has been to leave the CEO position when TexProtects reached a stable and sustainable position and I believe we are there,” McClure said. “We have settled in our new Dallas location, an Austin office has been established, the merger with Prevent Child Abuse Texas and our new branding is complete, all key staff positions are filled, our financials are solid, we have adopted our three-year strategic plan and added strong board members. I know that all the pieces are in place for my successor to take the reins and lead TexProtects to the next level.”

“Nearly 20 years ago, Madeline McClure saw a void in child advocacy in Texas,” said Ann Margolin, Chair of the TexProtects Board of Directors and former Dallas City Council Member. “No organization existed that was focused exclusively on preventing child maltreatment, including systemic changes to Foster Care and Child Protective Services. Madeline created TexProtects to fill that void and did so with passion and energy! I am thrilled that she will remain on the Board of Directors and continue to offer her wisdom and experience as we move forward.”

“In my 19 years in the Texas Senate, there was no greater advocate for children, particularly our most vulnerable children, than Madeline McClure,” said former State Senator Florence Shapiro, also a member of the TexProtects Board and Chair of its Advisory Board. In addition to founding TexProtects, McClure spearheaded the formation of the Child Protection Roundtable, a collaboration between TexProtects and 80 other organizations devoted to child well-being. The Roundtable works to develop a common legislative agenda on child advocacy. She also founded the Texas Home Visiting Consortium and the TexProtects Public Policy Committee, and was nominated as a Dallas Morning News 2017 Texan of the Year.

To date, TexProtects is the only statewide organization in Texas devoted solely to the issue of the child maltreatment epidemic. In 2017, it assumed the operations of Prevent Child Abuse Texas, making it the Texas affiliate of the respected Prevent Child Abuse America.

Posted on April 26, 2018.

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