Children at Risk

Speaking Out + Driving Change For Children

CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-partisan research and advocacy nonprofit dedicated to understanding and addressing the root causes of child poverty and inequality. Established in 1989 by Houston child advocates and researchers, CHILDREN AT RISK has grown into a statewide organization tackling Texas children and families’ most pressing needs.

Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for change to improve children’s quality of life through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy.

Connect with Us

CHILDREN AT RISK is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 76-0360533). While our physical offices are located in Houston and Dallas, our staff lives and supports local communities across the state including Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.
(713) 869-7740

Houston: 2900 Weslayan Suite 400, Houston, TX 77027

North Texas: 2900 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX 75204*


*Due to COVID-19 restrictions our North Texas office is currently operating remotely and unable to receive mail at this time.

Who We ARE

CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. The organization began in the fall of 1989 when a group of child advocates met to discuss the lack of data on the status of children and the absence of strong public policy support for Houston’s children. CHILDREN AT RISK has grown to become a statewide organization impacting all children in Texas, speaking out and driving change for Texas’ most vulnerable youth for over 30 years.


Using the tools of research and  advocacy, CHILDREN AT RISK works on a broad range of children’s issues, including education, parenting and family well being, health and nutrition, immigration, and the fight to end human trafficking. We focus our efforts where they are needed most: where a significant number of Texas’ children are affected, and where we can enhance, but not duplicate, the work of others.



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