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Founder’s Bio

Madeline McClure, LMSW


TexProtects’ founder Madeline McClure is on a mission to prevent child abuse.

After a successful nine-year career in finance on Wall Street, lastly working as Vice President of S.G. Warburg, International, McClure finally heeded a calling to help children who have been abused or neglected. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work and practiced six years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing therapy to child victims. However, she eventually shifted her energies to creating large-scale systems change through legislative advocacy action.

In 2000, she began working with the Child Abuse Prevention Advocacy Commission, focused on the challenges of Child Protective Services in the Dallas Area. McClure then wanted to take her advocacy for investment in proven and cost-effective child abuse prevention programs statewide, leading her in 2004 to create TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children.

McClure served as Chief Executive Officer of TexProtects from its founding until October 1, 2018, when Sophie Phillips was announced as her successor. She will serve as Strategic Advisor until December 31, 2018, and then will become a member of the Board of Directors.

Under McClure’s leadership, TexProtects led or assisted in the passage of 46 bills that have improved the Child Protective Services system, and advocated for and secured $135 million for family support home visiting programs, which currently serve over 21,000 families across Texas (across all funding sources). Additionally, she spearheaded collaborations among other organizations, including the Child Protection Roundtable (bringing together over 80 child welfare organizations to form a common legislative agenda) and the Statewide Home Visiting Consortium (working with Texas home visiting programs to increase awareness of home visiting around the state and helping coordinate legislative efforts).

Today, McClure is recognized as a leading voice in the fight against child maltreatment: She has become a recognized resource by the news media on child maltreatment issues, served as the Lieutenant Governor’s appointee to the Protect Our Kids Commission and the Speaker of House’s appointee to the Child Abuse Prevention and Child Welfare State Task Force, and serves on many other local and statewide organizations focused on child well being, including the NFP Statewide Leadership Board of which she served as Co-Chair for several years.

Madeline is married to Jim McClure, is the stepmother of James and Melissa, and step-grandmother to Connor and Kelley.

Madeline serves on:

  • Texas Lt. Governor’s Appointee to the Texas Protect Our Kids Act Commission
  • Texas Speaker Appointee to the Child Abuse Prevention and Child Welfare State Task Force established by SB 2080 (State Blue Ribbon Task Force)
  • The Nurse-Family Partnership Statewide Advisory Board, Co-Chair
  • The Child Protection Roundtable, Founding Chair
  • The Nurse-Family Partnership Steering Committee-Dallas, Member
  • YWCA of Major Metropolitan Dallas Advisory Board, Member
  • Child Abuse Prevention Coalition Advocacy Committee, Chair of Advocacy
  • Texans Care for Children “Partners in CPS Reform” and Child Welfare Campaign Committee

Madeline served as an appointee to the Dallas County Child Welfare Board for six years, Chair as two years.

Madeline has served on other local and statewide children and mental health-focused organizations. She is a member of the Dallas Assembly and Leadership Texas.


  • 2017 "Maura Women Helping Women Award," Dallas Women's Foundation
  • 2017 Nurse-Family Partnership Champion Award for TexProtects
  • 2017 "Texas Trailblazer Advocacy Award" for TexProtects, The Family Place
  • 2014 “Simmons Luminary Award,” to McClure and TexProtects, SMU School of Education
  • 2013 “Advocate of the Year” award for TexProtects, Texas Council on Child Welfare Board
  • 2009 “Thinking Creatively for Public Health Award”, NFP Steering Committee
  • 2009 “Distinguished Volunteer Service Award”, Dallas County Child Welfare Board
  • 2009 “Tribute Award” for McClure and TexProtects, Greater Texas Community Partners
  • 2005 “President’s Call to Service” Volunteer Award, President of the U.S.
  • 2005 “Volunteer of the Year Award,” Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards, Region 3
  • 2004 “Distinguished Alumni of the Year,” the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work
  • 2004 “Social Worker of the Year,” National Association of Social Workers (Dallas Chapter)
  • 2004 “Advocacy Angel” award as a member organization of the Child Abuse Prevention Coalition, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
  • 2003 “Child Advocate of the Year,” Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children
  • 2002 “Children’s Champion Award,” Dallas for Children
  • 2001 “Advocate of the Year” Prism award, Mental Health Association

McClure earned her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington after starting her studies at NYU. She earned a BA in Economics at Rutgers College at Rutgers University. Madeline is married to Jim McClure and has two stepchildren and two grandchildren.

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