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Saturday, September 24 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Fixing Foster Care

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Moderators
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Edgar Walters (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Walters covers health and human services for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in 2013. Previously, he had a political reporting fellowship with the Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin, where he worked as an editor for The Daily Texan.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Klick

Stephanie Klick

State Representative
Klick, R-Fort Worth, has represented House District 91 since 2013. She is a member of the House Human Services and Pensions committees. Klick is a registered nurse and works as a case manager and health consultant for long-term care facilities and legal firms. Previously, Klick served as chairwoman of the Tarrant County Republican Party and as a nursing supervisor at North Hills Medical Center.
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Madeline McClure

Founder and CEO of TexProtects
McClure founded TexProtects, an advocacy group for child abuse prevention, in 2004. Previously, she worked as a clinical therapist for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. In addition, McClure has served as chairwoman of the Dallas County Child Welfare Board and worked in finance on Wall Street.
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Susan McDowell

Executive Director of LifeWorks
McDowell has served as executive director of LifeWorks, a youth and family service organization in Austin, for nearly 15 years. She currently serves as board treasurer for the Children’s Optimal Health Coalition. Previously, she served on the boards of the Community Action Network and Leadership Austin. McDowell was named Best Community Visionary by the Austin Chronicle in 2008.
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Richard Peña Raymond

State Representative
Raymond, D-Laredo, has represented House District 42 since 2001. He serves as chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee. Previously, he passed legislation that helped to create the Texas Tomorrow Fund, a prepaid college tuition program. Prior to representing Laredo, Raymond served three terms representing several rural counties that include much of the Eagle Ford Shale.
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John Specia

Former Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Specia was a founding member and jurist-in-residence for the Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission during his tenure as commissioner from 2012 to May 2016. He served as vice chairman of the Supreme Court’s Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and chairman of the Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care. Specia established the Bexar County Children’s Court.


Saturday September 24, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2308 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX 78705