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Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

DFPS ( is the state agency most TACFS members work with because DFPS regulates the license of residential child care and many TACFS members have contracts to serve abused and neglected children through DFPS.

A brief description of the various DFPS Departments:

Child Protective Services

  • Conducts civil investigations of reports of child abuse and neglect.
  • Protects children from abuse and neglect.
  • Provides or arranges services for families and children related to abuse/neglect issues.
  • Provides temporary and permanent placements for children who cannot safely remain with their own families.

Adult Protective Services

  • Investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly and adults with disabilities in home settings.
  • Provides or arranges protective services related to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • Investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of clients receiving services in Mental Health, Mental Retardation settings

Child Care Licensing

  • Regulates all child-care operations and child-placing agencies (such as adoption and foster care agencies) to protect the health, safety and well being of children and reduce the risk of injury, abuse and communicable disease
  • Establishes and monitors operations' and agencies' compliance with minimum standards of care
  • Informs parents and the public about child-care in general and about the histories of specific homes and daycare operations in complying with minimum state standards
  • Provides technical assistance to providers on areas covered in the minimum standards of care

Prevention and Early Intervention

  • Works with Texas communities to develop services for preventing child abuse and neglect, delinquency, running away, and truancy.
  • Develops and maintains a statewide inventory of prevention programs aimed at preventing child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency.
  • Plans, develops, and administers a comprehensive and unified approach to deliver prevention services without fragmentation or duplication of services.

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