The Children’s Defense Fund-Texas is a state office of the Children’s Defense Fund, based in Washington, D.C. We were established in 1999 when CDF Founder Marian Wright Edelman saw the need and opportunity for child advocacy in our state.

Since our establishment, CDF-Texas has connected more than one million children to affordable health care coverage, supported dozens of Texas youth who Beat the Odds to attend college and thrive in their personal and professional lives, and fought to make sure Texas’ children have the resources, support, and institutions to become our state’s next generation of advocates and leaders.

We continue our mission today by advancing policies that support Texas’ children and families, connecting families to resources that help meet their needs, and engaging youth, families, and communities to raise their voices on the issues impacting them.

We are committed to raising awareness about the challenges facing Texas children, connecting children and families to resources that help to meet their needs, and working with partners statewide to coordinate broad support for legislative action on behalf of Texas children and families.

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Austin Office

1910 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Austin, TX 78702
p: (512) 236-1699

Houston Office

5410 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 203
Bellaire, TX 77401
p: (713) 664-4080

Rio Grande Valley Office

113 Pecan Blvd., Room 109
McAllen, TX  78501
p: (956)687-5437

East Texas Office

5610 Old Bullard Rd Suite 202
Tyler, TX 75703
p: (903)253-8325 

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