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


2023 Future of Children Summit

What might the lives of children look like decades from now? From emerging technologies to hybrid work models to evolving social structures, our Future of Children Summit will delve into the implications for children’s education, health, and well-being.


The Big Brunch

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 11th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for our annual Big Brunch at The Ballroom at Bayou Place! Guests will enjoy a phenomenal brunch prepared by some of Houston’s best chefs, wine tastings, contests and more.


2023 Immigration Summit

Our Immigration Summit will explore the unique challenges facing immigrant children and their families. This year has brought many changes to our immigration policy landscape; hear the latest on border policies, child labor, health care, and access to benefits. 

SEPT. 14

North Texas Hats off to Children

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 14, 2023, for the CHILDREN AT RISK’s North Texas Hats Off to Children Reception, held at the beautiful Hotel ZaZa Uptown. Guests will enjoy food, specialty drinks, a hat contest, silent auction, and more.

The Latest from C@R

CHILDREN AT RISK Releases 2022 Annual Report

CHILDREN AT RISK Releases 2022 Annual Report

2022 was a year of huge growth for CHILDREN AT RISK, both in our work and as an agency! In addition to our main office in Houston, we are proud to report C@R now has multiple staff members based in North Texas, Central Texas, and El Paso. Having this statewide...

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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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Our Causes

Early Education

K-12 Education

Human Trafficking

Health & Nutrition

New American Children

Family Well-Being


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