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2018 Children's Champion Awardee: The Hon. Helen Giddings

2018 Children's Champion Awardee: The Hon. Helen Giddings

The Hon. Helen Giddings

At our 2018 Awards Gala, TexProtects recognized The Honorable Helen Giddings, State Representative, District 109 (Dallas County), as our "Children's Champion."

Rep. Helen Giddings has stood up for children throughout her quarter-century in the Texas Legislature, securing alcohol-free zones around schools and ending "lunch shaming" to ensure that students receive at least one hot meal a day. She led efforts to overhaul juvenile justice laws to cease the criminalization of young children.

In the 80th Legislative Session, Rep. Giddings authored legislation protecting foster care youths by requiring peace officers to report family violence incidences occurring at foster homes or foster facilities to be reported to the Department of Family and Protective Services, and providing DFPS access to domestic disturbance records as part of foster home verification checks before placing a child in the home.

She has been a reliable friend for TexProtects at the Capitol in our fight to keep children safe and families strong. We're proud to honor her.

Posted on September 27, 2018.