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STATEMENT: Where We Stand

TexProtects’ vision is one where every child is safe, nurtured, and resilient, no matter the color of their skin. This vision cannot be realized while families of color continue to be wounded by systemic racism and injustice. Our mission is one that requires us to “stand up and speak up" for children at risk of abuse, neglect, and trauma. The painful events of the past week underscore the severity and violence of racism that must end today. TexProtects was founded on the principle that standing up and speaking up matters. We stand with our communities of color in the ongoing fight for justice and will listen, learn and lean in.

The effects of racism are present at birth and our children are not left unscathed. In our work to prevent abuse and protect children and families in the foster care and child protection systems, disproportionality and disparity abound for children of color. For example, black children often wait longer to be adopted and are more than likely to age out of foster care than their white counterparts. This is unacceptable. With over 60% of the infants and toddlers in Texas being Black or Hispanic, we must do more to ensure that resources are equitably available and that every child has the opportunity to grow up in a safe and loving family and community.

The future is dependent upon the actions we choose to take during this pivotal time. We are committed as an organization to do better in addressing inequities through our policy and programmatic work, as well as within our organization. TexProtects will continue to speak up and stand up against injustice and inequality to foster improvements that help make Texas a safe place to be born, where children can thrive and a place where every individual is seen and valued equally.

Sophie Phillips, CEO

Posted on June 8, 2020.

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect Texas children from the trauma of abuse and neglect and empower families to thrive through education, research, and advocacy. Our vision is that all children are safe, nurtured, and resilient. Learn more about the work we do. You can help protect Texas children from abuse & neglect. Find out how you can help.

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