Basic Projects

Child Fatalities: Protect Our Kids (POK) Commission 

The Protect Our Kids (POK) Commission is a 12-person commission chaired by Judge Robin Sage. Established by Senate Bill 66 during the 83rd Legislative Session, the POK Commission is charged with identifying promising practices and strategies to address and reduce fatalities from child abuse and neglect, and recommending a comprehensive statewide strategy for reducing those fatalities. The POK Commission is working with members from the House Select Committee on Child Deaths, the State Child Fatality Review Team, the DFPS Office of Child Safety, and various stakeholder organizations. The Children's Commission is providing meeting and administrative support to Judge Sage and the POK. The POK Commission has met several times throughout 2014 and 2015, dividing its work into four subcommittees: Data, Child Fatality Review Team Support, Prevention, and Sustainability. The POK Commission will submit a report to the Legislature by December 1, 2015.

Protect Our Kids Commission Report, December 1, 2015

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The Protect Our Kids Commission Charge from the 83rd Legislature, SB66

  The commission shall: 

  1. identify promising practices and evidence-based strategies to address and reduce fatalities from child abuse and neglect; 
  2. develop recommendations and identify resources necessary to reduce fatalities from child abuse and neglect for implementation by state and local agencies and private sector and nonprofit organizations, including recommendations to implement a comprehensive statewide strategy for reducing those fatalities; and
  3. develop guidelines for the types of information that should be tracked to improve interventions to prevent fatalities from child abuse and neglect. 

  Members

  Welcome Letter to Commissioners

  October 31, 2014 Letter to Commissioners

  Commissioner Feedback


October 24, 2014 (meeting notebook) (meeting summary)

January 16, 2015 (meeting notebook) Presentation: Using Data to Better Understand Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (meeting summary

March 27, 2015 (meeting notebook) (meeting summary)

Reference Documents

CPS Disposition Guidelines for Suicide Deaths

DFPS Presentation: Addressing Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

May 11, 2015 (meeting notebook) (meeting summary)

September 25, 2015 (agenda)

November 13, 2015 (agenda) 

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   Physical Address
    Children’s Commission
Supreme Court Building
201 W. 14th Street, Room 104
Austin, TX 78701
   Mailing Address
    Children’s Commission
P.O. Box 12248
Austin, TX 78711
Phone
Main: 
(512) 463-5384
Fax: 
(512) 463-8895
Email:  children@txcourts.gov