About Children At Risk

CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. The mission of CHILDREN AT RISK is to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy.

CHILDREN AT RISK began in the fall of 1989 when a group of child advocates met to discuss the lack of documentation on the status of children and the absence of strong public policy support for Houston’s children. Since then the organization has produced eleven major publications focusing on critical children’s issues, published biennially. The latest edition, Growing Up In Houston 2010-2012: Assessing the Quality of Life of Our Children, is based on over 130 quality of life indicators and includes background information, data, trends, and recommendations on children’s issues. Over twenty years, CHILDREN AT RISK has evolved from an organization researching the multitude of obstacles our children face, to one that also drives macro-level change to better the future of our state and nation through community education, collaborative action, evidence-based public policy, and advocating for our youth at the local and state level.

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Formed in 2009, the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute is an academically oriented policy and research collaborative focused on facilitating research and scholarship to promote new and innovative public policy solutions to the challenges faced by children. In addition to other projects, The CHILDREN AT RISK Institute Board also serves as the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Research on Children and assists in identifying critical and time-relevant children’s issues for publication.

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