CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization that drives macro-level change for the children of Texas. 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.
CHILDREN AT RISK’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Texas children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy. The result? A think-tank of innovators focused solely on the well-being of the whole child.
The organization was founded in the fall of 1989 when a group of child advocates met to discuss the lack of data on the status of Houston’s children and the absence of strong public policy support for these children. CHILDREN AT RISK has since evolved to become a statewide organization impacting all children in Texas, driving macro-level change to better the future of our city and state through community education, collaborative action, evidence-based public policy, and advocacy for our most defenseless youth. CHILDREN AT RISK focuses on four core issue areas: public education, child health and nutrition, parenting and family well-being, and human trafficking. We focus our efforts where they are needed the most - where a significant number of children are affected, and where we can enhance, but not duplicate the work of others.
In recent years, CHILDREN AT RISK has grown exponentially in its capacity to speak out and drive change for Texas’s children and has become the premier resource on children’s issues among major media outlets, public officials, and the non-profit sector. In addition, the organization has significantly strengthened its voice in the community through a weekly radio show, regular appearances on television and radio broadcasts, and partnerships with newspapers.