Representative James Frank receives award for his child protection work

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A local state representative is recognized for his impact on improving child welfare conditions in Texas.

Representative James Frank was honored on Wednesday August 24 by the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards (TCCWB) and received the David M. Williams Champion of Children Award.

David M. Williams has spent his life working with the TCCWB. After his passing in 2020, they created the Champion of Children Award to honor his legacy.

Patsy Baggett of the Children’s Advocacy Center Patty’s house chose Rep. James Frank for this award and said she couldn’t think of anyone else who deserved it more.

“David M. Williams was a special person, and I think anyone who receives this award should feel really good,” Baggett said.

Kathrine Earley from TCCWB explained how important it is to win the award.

“We wanted this to be a special award, not just a routine annual award, but something really special, to name someone who has truly exemplified what it means to give their life in service to children and families,” said said Earley.

Frank graduated from Rider High School, but has been doing great things for the state since joining the Texas House of Representatives from District 69 in 2012.

“I’ve worked with Child Advocates, Inheritance Adoption, Straight Street and a number of other organizations that work with at-risk children,” Frank said. “I heard about children at risk through a local church and local organizations and now have the chance to pass on what I learned in Wichita Falls from the local to the state level. .”

Rep. Frank owns several manufacturing companies that operate within Texoma and holds several other titles, but he received the Champion of Children award to applaud him for his mission to improve conditions for environmental protection agencies. childhood across the state.

“Rep has really worked tirelessly to bring community care to the state and to have decisions about children made in the communities where they come from,” Earley said.

“He’s the first person I’ve really known who really developed a concept that will really work,” Baggett said.

Rep. Frank said improving the well-being of children statewide is a difficult task to undertake, but working with local organizations to address the issue has been beneficial.

“The Child Welfare Board does a lot of things in the state, [so] it’s nice to be able to partner with them to try to make things better for the kids,” Frank said. “It’s a real challenge; it’s a huge state, and I think the local organizations do a much better job than the state of trying to keep it coordinated, so it’s fun to work with them, and everyone likes to be recognized sometimes.

Frank said working with the community has brought him to where he is today. He said the best advice to anyone in the community wanting to make a difference is to never be afraid to fail.

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