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Children don't vote, so they rely on adults and organizations like Children's Medical Center to be their advocates. Children's takes this charge seriously through a combined effort of legislative, grassroots and media strategies. Efforts include sponsoring twice-a-year advocacy trips to the state Capitol. The goal is to make sure that children's needs are kept at the forefront of public policy debates.

No one is more important to achieving this mission than you, the voter. You can make a difference. Children's encourages you to take action for state and federal public policy to help children. Call, write, email or visit your elected officials to take a stand for children. Let them know that children are important to you and should be their top priority when they are making legislative decisions.

To find which elected officials represent you in Washington and Austin, visit the Who Represents Me? Web site and enter your home address. The site provides information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education.

There are always opportunities to join, volunteer, or support these worthwhile causes.

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