Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works with communities to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also works to protect the health and safety of children in daycare, as well as foster care and other types of 24-hour care. We do this through investigations, services and referrals, regulation, and prevention programs.
DFPS has six major programs that do this important work:
- Adult Protective Services
- Protects the elderly and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation through investigations and services.
- Investigates reports of child abuse or neglect to determine if any child in the family has been abused or neglected. If the children aren’t safe, the investigator starts protective services.
- Child Protective Services
- Protects children from abuse and neglect through services, foster care, and adoption.
- Child Care Licensing
- Regulates daycare, foster care, adoption agencies, residential treatment centers, before- and after-school programs, and maternity homes.
- Statewide Intake
- Takes reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation from across the state through its Texas Abuse Hotline (1-800-252-5400) and through the website TxAbuseHotline.orgExternal Link 24-hours a day, every day of the year.
- Prevention and Early Intervention
- Manages community-based programs that prevent juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect.