The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse or exploitation. It also has programs to protect the health and safety of children in different forms of 24-hour care, including daycare and foster care. Their functions include investigations, services and referrals, regulation, and prevention programs.

DFPS has five major programs to facilitate their mission:

  1. Adult Protective Services: Protects the elderly and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation through investigations and services.
  2. Child Protective Services: Protects children from abuse and neglect through investigations, services, foster care, and adoption.
  3. Child Care Licensing: Regulates daycare, foster care, adoption agencies, residential treatment centers, before- and after-school programs, and maternity homes.
  4. 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 External Link 24-hours a day, every day of the year.
  5. Prevention and Early Intervention: Manages community-based programs that prevent juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect.

DFPS publishes information on current legislative agendas, budget and finance, programs and initiatives as well as news reports for public viewing. They also share a record of annual reports on their programs, performance, and accomplishments stretching as far back as 1986. To view the annual report for 2016, click here; and review the chart below for the organizational structure of DFPS.