Each year at Appetite for Advocacy, DCAC is proud to acknowledge two distinguished individuals or organizations who have made a significant impact on the lives of abused children in Dallas County.

Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award

For community leadership and dedication to children in need


Capital for Kids is a network of individuals and organizations involved and serving the investment management business dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in need. Through the partnership of sponsors and grant recipients, Capital for Kids supports organizations that educate, protect and encourage at-risk children. Since 2005, Capital for Kids has donated more than $1 million to the work of DCAC.

Lt. Bill Walsh Award

For outstanding service in the field of child abuse


Irish Burch is the Chief of Coordination and Training at DCAC. Irish began her career in the child abuse field over 23 years ago as a Child Protective Services Investigator. In 2003, she joined the DCAC team as a forensic interviewer where she had the honor of interviewing over 1000 children. Today, Irish cultivates and coordinates the relationships with DCAC’s thirty-two partner agencies and oversees the training and education of our community members and front line professionals.