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.
The Protect Our Kids Commission Charge from the 83rd Legislature, SB66
The commission shall:
- identify promising practices and evidence-based strategies to address and reduce fatalities from child abuse and neglect;
- 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
- develop guidelines for the types of information that should be tracked to improve interventions to prevent fatalities from child abuse and neglect.
September 25, 2015 (agenda)
November 13, 2015 (agenda)