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Council on Children and Families

Background and Purpose

The Texas Council on Children and Families collaborates and leverages resources to help improve the delivery of services to children, youth and their families. The council works to:

  • Promote healthy, responsible children and strengthen families.
  • Address cross system issues, with an emphasis on disproportionality and disparities.
  • Create and explore new opportunities to leverage existing resources by eliminating duplication of services and functions, and integrate the efforts of other similarly missioned state councils and task forces.
  • Invite public input and build relationships with communities on issue identification and solution development to improve access and quality of services.
  • Create new avenues to better serve the needs of Texans by increasing the opportunities for focused communication and collaboration.

Members and Authorized Designees

Veronda L. Durden
Designee: Kim Wedel
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

John J. Specia
Designee: Debra Emerson
Department of Family and Protective Services

David Reilly
Designee: Tracy A. Levins
Texas Juvenile Justice Department

Larry Temple
Designee: Reagan Miller
Texas Workforce Commission

April Zamora
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Michael L. Williams
Texas Education Agency

Dr. David Lakey
Designee: Evelyn Delgado
Department of State Health Services

Chris Traylor
Designee: Patricia Vojack
Health and Human Services Commission

Jon Weizenbaum
Designee: Corliss Powell
Department of Aging and Disability Services

Parent Representatives
Angie Jackson
Kathy Lee

Youth Representative
Leroy Berrones-Soto, Jr.

Legislative Reports

Texas Council on Children and Families Legislative Report April 2015 (PDF)

2014 Biennial Legislative Appropriations Analysis Report - Summary (PDF)

2014 Biennial Legislative Appropriations Analysis Report - Detail (PDF)

Council on Children and Families 2012 Report:  Strong Families, Healthy Communities, and Successful Youth (PDF)

Meeting Schedule

February 10, 2015
May 5, 2015
August 4, 2015
November 3, 2015

More Information

Contact us at or (512) 420-2826.


Updated: June 19, 2014