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Driving Change


Our Mission

Children at Risk serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy.

What We Do

Data & Research

We use research and data to understand the needs of Texas children and their families. This research drives our advocacy agenda and helps us develop evidence-based policy recommendations.

Policy Advocacy

Research and data alone are not enough to drive change for children. We use our research to develop policy recommendations that have the most impact and speak up to inform policymakers.


We work better together. We rely on partners across the state to support our research and data collection, provide regional insights, and amplify our advocacy efforts through collective action.

Upcoming Events & Activities


Anti-Human Trafficking Rally Day

Human trafficking occurs in every region of Texas and impacts all of us. CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) and our allies will be presenting new data on human trafficking as well as providing new insights on the needs and issues facing our areas of the state.

february 14

Equity Rally Day

 C@R, along with advocates, experts, and community members, will join together for a rally on the South Steps of the Capitol to highlight how inequities are hurting kids across the state and what can be done to minimize them.

february 16

State of Black Children in Texas

 C@R, along with advocates, experts, and community members, will join together to explore some of the major challenges Black children face throughout their lives as well as opportunities to address these challenges.

March 7-12

Cuba Learning Tour

On behalf of CHILDREN AT RISK will lead a learning tour March 7 – 12, 2023 to educate guests and staff on health, education and welfare issues facing children in Havana, Cuba and how it applies to children in the U.S.


The Latest from C@R

The Latest on Kids and Social Media

The Latest on Kids and Social Media

By: Lauren Biegel, Asst. Director, Programs  Social media is everywhere. Especially through COVID-19 sheltering, social media connects many of us to people across the world, and there’s a lot to love about it: funny videos, life hacks, and updates on friends we...

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Talking to Your Kids About Racism

By: Blanca Torres, Intern  The experience and memories you observe as a child often shape who you are as an adult. At our youngest, we are most vulnerable. Children who experience racism can have long-term effects and even trauma. For children, the effects of racism...

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Op-Ed: Every student in Texas should access a free school meal

Op-Ed: Every student in Texas should access a free school meal

As published in Dallas Morning News, December 12, 2022. By Bob Sanborn and Laura HayesAccording to Feeding America, 1 out of 5 children in North Texas faces hunger due to limited resources, poverty and parental unemployment. Just like a car running out of gas, hungry...

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Our Causes

Early Education

K-12 Education

Human Trafficking

Health & Nutrition

New American Children

Family Well-Being


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