The 86th Texas Legislative Session is now history – lawmakers gaveled out to finish the session on May 27. While this session did not see child protection take center stage the way it did two years ago (when Governor Greg Abbott named it an emergency priority), there was nonetheless important work to be done. At […]Read More How Did Child Protection Fare in the 86th Texas Legislature?
By Sophie Phillips, CEO, TexProtects Six Mother’s Days have passed since I’ve been with TexProtects, the Texas chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. All were meaningful, because mothers are central to our mission, but this one deepened my perspective – it’s my first as a mother. In our efforts to prevent trauma from abuse and […]Read More The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: Home Visiting
State Rep. Tan Parker has been a champion at the Texas Legislature this session in the drive to help prevent and mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, including authoring this op-ed, which was published in the Houston Chronicle and Galveston County Daily News. His House Bill 4183 is key to this effort, as he explains below. […]Read More ‘What happened to you?’ – Rep. Tan Parker on Adverse Childhood Experiences
Why are you hopeful for Texas children and families? That’s the question we’re asking as we launch our #TexProtectsHOPEful social media campaign during Child Abuse Prevention Month – and continuing well beyond April! This campaign celebrates the efforts of good people all over the state working to prevent and protect children from abuse and neglect! […]Read More Reasons I’m HOPEful…
The 86th Texas Legislature is almost two-thirds complete. Here is the status of the major bills TexProtects is supporting: The Fiscal Years 2020-21 Budget (House Bill 1) Our major goal for the 86th Legislature is to secure increased investments in family support home visiting programs – specifically an additional $12 million for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) […]Read More 86th Texas Legislature Update: Mid-April
April is here, and that means it’s national Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM)! In 2017, TexProtects | Champions for Children also became Prevent Child Abuse Texas – the Texas chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). This year, PCAA and all of its state chapters are spreading the message: Preventing child abuse and neglect can […]Read More April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month!
The Texas Legislature has a rule: Bills may not be considered for floor debate in either the House or Senate during the first 60 days of the 140-day session unless designated an emergency by the Governor. This allows members to spend adequate time in committee meetings vetting them. That 60 days is up! We have […]Read More The 86th Texas Legislature is heating up