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Child Protection Roundtable

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The mission of the Child Protection Roundtable is to be the leading voice and driving force in child protection public policy and governmental action in Texas that:

  • Helps prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs;
  • Ensures protection and well-being of children and youth who come into state care; and
  • Heals the ongoing trauma and other adverse consequences experienced by children and youth as the result of maltreatment.

Texas has emerged as the epicenter of the growth in our nation’s child population in the 21st Century. The good news is that every day, millions of Texas parents make raising their children their highest family priority, giving their children a strong start toward a fulfilling and productive life.

Unfortunately, that is not every child’s reality. Far too many Texas children are subjected to abuse and neglect with staggering adverse legal, moral, and economic consequences to these children and our society.

The Child Protection Roundtable (the “Roundtable”) was founded in 2008 to convene the leading voices of child protection across Texas and to empower those diverse voices to speak with unity, shared purpose and maximum impact.

The Roundtable adopted a charter in late 2016 that included a multi-organization governance structure and continues to serve as a convener for those Texas organizations engaged in child welfare which share a child-centered common vision and seek to leverage data, resources and strategy to achieve more progress collectively than could be achieved individually.

TexProtects and its founder, Madeline McClure, were the driving force in launching the Roundtable and deserve great credit and gratitude for their efforts – as do the many individuals who actively engage in the Roundtable’s work, contributing in many ways large and small toward protecting our state’s most precious resource - our children.

This is why we exist and what we do.

Join the Child Protection Roundtable.

The policy focus of the Roundtable involves the following three distinct areas of concern, which taken collectively represent a continuum built around children and youth who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing maltreatment. The Roundtable exists to convene those organizations who share commitment toward driving public policy and governmental action in the following areas of policy focus:

  • Child Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention: policies, programs and practices designed to promote the prevention of child abuse and neglect before it occurs (primary prevention), and early intervention in family circumstances that present elevated risk of abuse and neglect to children and youth (secondary prevention).
  • Child Protection System Improvements: policies, programs and practices to address the protection and well-being of children and youth in substitute care, including those in the custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as well as those of other service providers and stakeholders in the system.
  • Child Health and Well-Being: policies, programs and practices that provide children and youth who have been maltreated or are at risk of maltreatment with integrated mental and physical health care services, education services, and substance use disorder services for their families.

The CPRT is governed by a Steering Committee consisting of 5 member organizations that serve a two-year term. The current Steering Committee includes: TexProtects, Texans Care for Children, Texas CASA, Texas Network of Youth Services, and Upbring.


  • The CPRT will hold regular meetings on a monthly basis.
  • The Steering Committee meets regularly, as needed.

Read the CPRT Charter

If your organization is interested in joining the Child Protection Roundtable as a member or renewing your membership, please complete this form.

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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