Speaking Out +

Driving Change

For Children

Upcoming Events & Activities

September 22

The State of Latinx Children in America

Join us to unpack the policy issues that affect Latinx children across the United States from immigration to education, health, and economic security. 


Speaking Up + Speaking Out Luncheon

This North Texas Giving Day, join us at La Cima Club in Irving to learn about C@R’s anti-trafficking efforts and hear from local advocates working on the front lines. 

October 8

Accolades: The Academy Awards of Child Advocacy

At this annual event, we will enjoy a delicious lunch as we honor and give accolades to outstanding individuals and organizations that advocate on behalf of Texas children.

october 13

Beyond Toxicity: Building a Sustainable Tomorrow For Children

Join experts to examine environmental racism, ecological determinants of health, and sustainability, and hear from youth advocates working to build a brighter, greener future.

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. 

Our Causes

Early Education

K-12 Education

Human Trafficking

Health & Nutrition

New American Children

Family Well-Being


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The Latest from C@R

Call for Papers: Child Firearm Injury & Domestic Violence

Call for Papers: Child Firearm Injury & Domestic Violence

Children at Risk's Journal of Applied Research on Children and Journal of Family Strengths seek papers on two special issue topics: child firearm injury/safety and the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence. Journal of Applied Research on Children Children at Risk...

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C@R Hosts Roundtable with JFS Authors on Youth Suicide

C@R Hosts Roundtable with JFS Authors on Youth Suicide

Content Warning: Discussion of Suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org  for 24 hour support. Even before the pandemic, youth...

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Opinion: Vulnerable LGBTQ+ youth need support

Opinion: Vulnerable LGBTQ+ youth need support

Coming out is a testimony in itself. I told my mother when I was a sophomore in college.   Preparing to come out wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. I drafted numerous speeches and spent countless tearful nights racked with anxiety. But, to my surprise, the best speech...

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