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CPS
Child protective Services Overview

Total Average Filled Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff

Caseworkers (Investigation) 1,737.2
Caseworkers (Family-Based Safety Services) 812.7
Caseworkers (Conservatorship) 1,539.7
Caseworkers (Other Workers) 462.1
Supervisors 741.7
Program Directors/Administrators 160.8
Admin/Clerical 974.1
Case Aides 483.0
Other Staff 818.3
CPS Program Support 334.9
Total CPS Staff $8,064.5

Worker demographic

Turnover Rate   26.1%
Agency Tenure Less than 1 Year 29.4%
1-3 Years 25.4%
Greater than 3 Years 45.1%
Entry Salary (INV)   $36,728.96
Entry Salary (Non INV)   $31,728.96
Average Age   36.2
Race/Ethnicity African-American 31.1%
Anglo 39.7%
Hispanic 27.8%
Other 1.4%

Supervisor Demographics

Turnover Rate   9.7%
Agency Tenure Less than 1 Year 0.9%
1-3 Years 2.5%
Greater than 3 Years 96.5%
Entry Salary   $38,145.96
Average Age   41.9
Race/Ethnicity African-American 26.6%
Anglo 48.1%
Hispanic 22.9%
Other 2.4%

CPS Expenditures

CPS Staff $451,810,639
Purchased Client Services $85,858,415
Foster Care Payments $381,819,486
Adoption Subsidy Payments $191,923,319
Permanency Care Assistance $2,030,974
Relative/Other Designated Caregiver Reimbursement Program $7,859,926
Other Client Services $3,937,447
Total CPS Expenditures $1,125,240,206

Description of the Report Investigation Process

Step 1: Report Assigned for Investigation
Step 2: Investigation/Risk Assessment
  • No Risk: Case Closed
  • Risk Indicated: Continue to Nest Step
Step 3: Child Safe at Home?
  • Yes: Family Provided Services/Referrals
  • No: Continue to Next Step
Step 4: Seek Safe Emergency Placement
  • Relative Available: Child Placed with Relative
  • Relative Not Available: Continue to Next Step
Step 5: DFPS Petitions Court for Custody of Child
  • Denied: Family Provided Services/Referrals
  • Granted: Continue to Next Step
Step 6: Child Placed in Substitute Care (Out of home care)
  • Services Provided to Family
Step 7: Court Approves Permanency for Child
  • Court Approved: Permanent Custody to DFPS
  • Court Denied: Continue to Next Step
Step 8: Child Reunified with Parents, Permanent Custody to Relative, or Adoption

Note: The process is for reference only and does not necessarily represent the flow of a case.

Statistics FY 2012

  • Texas State Child Population 7,054,634
  • Children, Alleged Victims 275,961
  • Children in Confirmed Investigations 97,688
  • Children Removed 16,972

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Child Protective Services Vision, Mission, and Values

CPS Vision: “Children First: Protected and Connected”

The Mission of Child Protective Services is to protect children and to act in the children’s best interest. To seek active involvement of the children’s parents and other family members to solve problems that lead to abuse and neglect.

The Values are:

  • Respect for culture
  • Inclusiveness of families, youth and community
  • Integrity in decision making
  • Compassion for all
  • Commitment to reducing disproportionality

Most Common...

  • Person reporting abuse/neglect
    • School (17.6%)
  • Allegation confirmed
    • Neglectful Supervision (66.0%)
  • Confirmed perpetrator of abuse/neglect
    • Relationship: Parent (77.9%)
    • Gender: Female (56.6%)
    • Age: Age 26-35 (39.9%)
  • Characteristic of confirmed victim
    • Age: Age 1 to 3 (24.4%)
    • Gender: Female (51.4%)

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Legal Responsibility for Child Protective Services

Statutory References

  • Social Security Act
  • Texas Family Code
  • Human Resources Code
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Adam Walsh Act

Major Provisions

  • Definitions of abuse and neglect of children;
  • Mandatory reporting of suspected abuse or neglect of children;
  • Prepare and disseminate statistics by county relating to CPS in an annual report made available to the legislature and general public;
  • Responsibility for receiving reports of suspected abuse or neglect of children;
  • Responsibility for thorough investigation of a report of child abuse or neglect allegedly committed by a person responsible for a child’s care, custody or welfare;
  • Responsibility to assign priorities and prescribe investigative procedures for investigations based on the severity and immediacy of the alleged harm to the child;
  • Take action to protect abused and neglected children from further harm;
  • Establish review teams to evaluate department casework and decision-making related to investigations of child abuse or neglect;
  • Employ Child Safety Specialists to conduct staff reviews and evaluations of cases determined to involve high risk, monitor cases with multiple referrals, and approve decisions and assessments related to investigations that involve a high risk to the health or safety of a child;
  • Work with children and their families, providing services to prevent further abuse, help alleviate the effects of the abuse suffered, prevent removal of the child from the home, and provide reunification services when appropriate for the return of the child to the home;
  • When necessary, secure appropriate court orders and take possession of a child if there is an immediate danger to the physical health or safety of the child or the child has been a victim of neglect or sexual abuse and that continuation in the home would be contrary to the child’s welfare;
  • Make reasonable efforts to secure the return of the child;
  • Develop a service plan in conference with the child’s parents to determine return of the child to the child’s parents, termination of parental rights and placement of the child for adoption, or because of the child’s special needs or exceptional circumstances continue the child’s care out of the child’s home;
  • Provide substitute care for children until the problems have been sufficiently resolved;
  • Provide permanent placement for children who cannot safely return to their home;
  • Establish a database of all verified foster homes willing to accept foster care placement of a child in care;
  • Recruit potential adoptive parents for children whose parents have had their parental rights terminated;
  • Requirements for frequency and location of contact with children in substitute care;
  • Requirements for conducting criminal background and central registry checks of foster and adoptive parents.

The federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, requires DFPS to:

  • Provide written notification to maternal and paternal grandparents and other adult relatives regarding a child’s removal and placement in state custody and support options.
  • Ensure youth aging out of state care have a Transition Plan developed within 90 days of turning 18 or the date leaving CPS extended foster care.
  • Seek to have education stability for children in DFPS custody.
  • Have a health oversight and coordination plan. 
  • Keep siblings in custody placed together. If this is not possible, the state must provide for frequent visitation or other ongoing interaction between the siblings, unless the State shows frequent visits or other interaction would be contrary to the safety or well-being of any of the siblings. 
  • Make eligibility changes for the Title IV-E adoption assistance program to promote adoption of children with special needs. 
  • Provide information about Adoption Tax Credits during training for adoptive parents. 

The federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act allows and the Texas Legislature supported:

  • Establishing a relative guardianship subsidy program.  For Texas, this will be a subsidy program called the Permanency Care Assistance program for relatives taking permanent managing conservatorship of a child.  This program is intended to provide an additional option for children and youth who might otherwise remain in kinship foster care. It is not intended to be a long term foster care program.
  • Allowing youth aging out of care to stay in extended foster care for a variety of reasons until they turn 21. 
  • Extending adoption assistance benefits and Permanency Care Assistance benefits until the youth turns 21 if the adoption assistance agreement or Permanency Care Assistance agreement was signed after the youth turns 16.
  • Authorizing federally recognized tribes to apply for IV-E funding directly.

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Concepts Guiding Risk Determination

Child Vulnerability

  • Child fragility
  • Child behavior

Home Environment

  • Stressors
  • Dangerous exposure
  • Social climate
  • Social violence

Caregiver Capability

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Capacity

Quality of Care

  • Quality of connection
  • Emotional care
  • Physical care

Response to CPS

  • Attitude
  • Deception

Maltreatment Pattern

  • Chronicity
  • Current severity
  • Trends

Protective Capacities

  • Protective capacities

Federal Outcomes Used to Assess Child Welfare Services

Safety Outcomes

  • Safety Outcome 1: Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect.
  • Safety Outcome 2: Children are safely maintained in their homes whenever possible and

Permanency Outcomes

  • Permanency Outcome 1: Children have permanency and stability in their living situations.
  • Permanency Outcome 2: The continuity of family relationships and connections is preserved for children.

Well-Being Outcomes

  • Well-Being Outcome 1: Families have enhanced capacity to provide for their children’s needs.
  • Well-Being Outcome 2: Children receive appropriate services to meet their educational needs.

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Fiscal Year 2004 and 2012 Pre- and Post-Reform Statistics by Region (CPS)

Region 1 - Lubbock

Region 1 - Lubbock 2004 2012
Caseworkers 168.1 243.0
Turnover 22.0% 27.4%
Average Base Salary $32,459 $34,935
Completed Investigations 6,406 7,244
Removals 733 828
Adoptions Consummated 143 316

Region 2 - Abilene

Region 2 - Abilene 2004 2012
Caseworkers 86.4 144.4
Turnover 13.9% 24.8%
Average Base Salary $33,678 $35,459
Completed Investigations 4,325 4,370
Removals 351 499
Adoptions Consummated 80 108

Region 3 - Arlington

Region 3 - Arlington 2004 2012
Caseworkers 687.8 987.4
Turnover 26.3% 18.1%
Average Base Salary $32,943 $35,675
Completed Investigations 33,509 41,455
Removals 3,270 3,549
Adoptions Consummated 516 831

Region 4 - Tyler

Region 4 - Tyler 2004 2012
Caseworkers 160.8 232.9
Turnover 29.3% 32.9%
Average Base Salary $32,436 $35,434
Completed Investigations 8,561 8,881
Removals 728 1,065
Adoptions Consummated 124 267

Region 5 - Beaumont

Region 5 - Beaumont 2004 2012
Caseworkers 89.8 151.2
Turnover 11.2% 22.9%
Average Base Salary $34,251 $35,913
Completed Investigations 5,717 6,207
Removals 392 626
Adoptions Consummated 55 123

Region 6 - Houston

Region 6 - Houston 2004 2012
Caseworkers 653.1 961.1
Turnover 25.8% 23.2%
Average Base Salary $32,737 $35,052
Completed Investigations 27,543 30,473
Removals 2,773 2,641
Adoptions Consummated 651 1,197

Region 7 - Austin

Region 7 - Austin 2004 2012
Caseworkers 366.3 481.4
Turnover 20.9% 32.6%
Average Base Salary $32,398 $35,393
Completed Investigations 18,147 21,136
Removals 1,645 2,195
Adoptions Consummated 351 602

Region 8 - San Antonio

Region 8 - San Antonio 2004 2012
Caseworkers 355.3 630.7
Turnover 20.7% 32.2%
Average Base Salary $33,124 $34,706
Completed Investigations 13,382 20,592
Removals 1,993 2,938
Adoptions Consummated 390 1,191

Region 9 - Midland

Region 9 - Midland 2004 2012
Caseworkers 65.0 129.9
Turnover 15.5% 34.3%
Average Base Salary $33,375 $34,497
Completed Investigations 3,666 4,276
Removals 255 566
Adoptions Consummated 32 110

Region 10 - El Paso

Region 10 - El Paso 2004 2012
Caseworkers 75.7 121.5
Turnover 13.6% 17.6%
Average Base Salary $34,227 $35,215
Completed Investigations 3,397 4,561
Removals 183 308
Adoptions Consummated 66 89

Region 11 - Edinburg

Region 11 - Edinburg 2004 2012
Caseworkers 238.8 468.2
Turnover 22.1% 30.7%
Average Base Salary $32,828 $34,570
Completed Investigations 13,871 16,984
Removals 1,108 1,757
Adoptions Consummated 104 206

Statewide Totals

Statewide Totals 2004 2012
Caseworkers 2947.2 4551.7
Turnover 23.0% 26.1%
Average Base Salary $32,892 $35,171
Completed Investigations 138,587 166,211
Removals 13,431 16,972
Adoptions Consummated 2,512 5,040

Note: The State Total for Completed Investigations includes those where the Region was Unknown and/or Out of State.

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CPS Daily Caseload Fiscal Year 2012

Stage of Service
by Region
Investigation Family-based Safety Services Substitute Care Services Foster/Adoptive Home Development Kinship
1 Lubbock 25.9 15.2 37.0 22.5 78.9
2 Abilene 24.7 17.3 30.2 20.1 33.4
3 Arlington 23.0 13.1 32.1 22.5 48.9
4 Tyler 23.2 11.5 32.1 17.5 67.8
5 Beaumont 20.4 13.3 32.5 30.6 85.6
6 Houston 26.3 11.3 29.6 21.7 56.0
7 Austin 31.4 19.6 36.5 24.5 40.4
8 San Antonio 21.2 17.3 40.5 16.6 31.0
9 Midland 28.0 18.0 36.9 24.3 61.8
10 El Paso 24.3 13.6 25.4 23.7 42.8
11 Edinburg 23.6 14.6 35.8 17.4 20.0
State 24.7 14.3 33.7 21.5 48.4

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CPS Daily Caseload Fiscal Year 2011

Stage of Service
by Region
Investigation Family-based Safety Services Substitute Care Services Foster/Adoptive Home Development Kinship
1 Lubbock 28.1 22.5 30.6 24.9 44.4
2 Abilene 25.1 19.2 32.2 18.9 43.6
3 Arlington 23.0 16.7 31.0 25.2 48.0
4 Tyler 22.8 15.9 29.6 20.6 38.1
5 Beaumont 20.3 14.5 29.9 31.9 58.9
6 Houston 27.9 16.5 31.9 24.9 67.4
7 Austin 40.7 15.5 32.4 28.7 33.7
8 San Antonio 27.4 15.2 33.4 16.1 27.1
9 Midland 32.3 18.4 34.0 24.1 57.0
10 El Paso 35.2 15.3 30.1 31.1 43.3
11 Edinburg 24.6 18.3 34.3 18.2 23.2
State 27.4 16.9 32.0 23.6 46.1

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Texas Child Population Ages Birth through 17 Years
Fiscal Year 2012

State Total: 7,054,634

Region Child Pop Ages Birth - 17 Years
Region 1 225,388
Region 2 130,231
Region 3 1,917,845
Region 4 273,967
Region 5 186,040
Region 6 1,740,843
Region 7 777,287
Region 8 713,561
Region 9 154,558
Region 10 250,377
Region 11 684,537
Total 7,054,634

Texas Child Population Ages Birth through 17 Years, Fiscal Year 2012 by County

Population Data Source: Texas State Data Center, University of Texas (San Antonio) - Based on Census 2010 data.

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Child Protective Services Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2012

State Total: 166,211

Region Completed Investigations
Region 1 7,244
Region 2 4,370
Region 3 41,455
Region 4 8,881
Region 5 6,207
Region 6 30,473
Region 7 21,136
Region 8 20,592
Region 9 4,276
Region 10 4,561
Region 11 16,984
Blank or Invalid 32
Total 166,211

Note: 32 investigations did not have the county designated.

CPS Completed Investigations, Fiscal Year 2012 by County

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CPS Total Initial Intakes and Screened Out Cases
Fiscal Year 2012

Total Initial Intakes

Total Initial Intakes Number Percentage
PN 5,296 2.2%
P1 65,203 27.0%
P2 171,182 70.8%
Total 241,681 100%

Total P2 Intakes

Total P2 Intakes Number Percentage
Not eligible for screening 100,700 58.8%
Eligible and assigned to Screeners 70,482 41.2%
Total 171,182 100%

Eligible and assigned to Screeners

Eligible and assigned to Screeners Number Percentage
Not Screened Out 51,273 72.7%
Screened Out (P2 to PN) 19,209 27.3%
Total 70,482 100%

Note: When a case is a P2, all alleged victims are age 6 or older, and there is not currently an open case, a formal screening occurs. The purpose of the formal screening is to determine if CPS intervention is warranted. There may be eligible P2s not assigned to screeners. A PN is assessed when a situation appears to involve abuse or neglect, and a key piece of information from a specific identified person is needed in order to determine if an assignable allegation exists

Risk Assessment Finding of Completed Child Abuse/Neglect Investigations
Fiscal Year 2012

Disposition of Investigation Confirmed Unconfirmed State Total
No Significant Risk Identified 83 9,286 9,369
No Significant Risk Identified (Percent) 0.9% 99.1% 100.0%
Risk Controlled 17,821 88,750 106,571
Risk Controlled (Percent) 16.7% 83.3% 100.0%
Risk Indicated 20,639 5,993 26,632
Risk Indicated (Percent) 77.5% 22.5% 100.0%
Risk Not Applicable Blank/ Invalid 182 23,457 23,639
Rick Not Applicable Blank/Invalid (Percent) 0.8% 99.2% 100.0%
Total 38,725 127,486 166,211
Percent 23.3% 76.7% 100.0%

Number of Completed Investigations Where Family Violence* Was Indicated in the Risk Assessment

Fiscal Year Number of Complete Investigations Family Violence Indicated Family Violence Not Indicated
2009** 165,444 54,143 111,301
2010 169,583 54,842 114,741
2011 175,421 56,068 119,353
2012 166,211 53,705 112,505

* Family violence risk is determined by a positive response to one of two questions on the risk assessment: (1) Has any person in the home ever been a victim of family violence, and (2) Has any person in the home ever been a perpetrator of family violence

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Case Action for Risk Indicated Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2012

Case Action for Risk Indicated Completed Investigations Count Percentage
Open to Services 25,440 95.5%
Not Open to Services 1,192 4.5%
Total 26,632 100%

Note: Only investigations with a risk finding of "Risk Indicated" can be opened for further services. Opened for services is defined as services provided after the investigation was completed.

Child Abuse/Neglect Allegation Dispositions

The categories used to record the findings of initial assessment/investigation of child abuse neglect are defined as:

Confirmed Investigations
  • Reason to believe – Based on preponderance of evidence, staff concluded that abuse or neglect occurred.
Unconfirmed Investigations
  • Ruled out - Staff determined, based upon on available information, that it is reasonable to conclude that abuse or neglect has not occurred.
  • Unable to complete – Before staff could reach a conclusion, the persons involved in the report moved, could not be located or refused to cooperate.
  • Unable to determine – Staff concluded that none of the other dispositions were appropriate.

Investigations of Child Abuse/Neglect by Source of Report for Completed Investigations

Sources FY 2010 Number FY2010 Percent FY2011 Number FY2011 Percent FY2012 Number FY2012 Percent
 School 37,817 18.6% 37,540 17.7% 35,100 17.6%
 Medical Personnel 32,786 16.2% 34,999 16.5% 33,787 16.9%
 Law Enforcement 30,759 15.2% 32,234 15.2% 31,949 16.0%
 Relative 24,575 12.1% 25,557 12.1% 23,386 11.7%
 Parent 17,212 8.5% 17,959 8.5% 16,267 8.2%
 Other 13,975 6.9% 15,165 7.2% 14,577 7.3%
 Friend-Neighbor 13,756 6.8% 14,602 6.9% 12,638 6.3%
 Anonymous 10,002 4.9% 11,277 5.3% 10,751 5.4%
 Community Agency 7,072 3.5% 7,359 3.5% 6,647 3.3%
 DFPS Staff 5,869 2.9% 5,799 2.7% 5,804 2.9%
 Legal/Court 2,775 1.4% 2,691 1.3% 2,500 1.3%
 Day Care Provider 1,717 0.8% 1,949 0.9% 1,804 0.9%
 State Agency 878 0.4% 928 0.4% 789 0.4%
 Parent's Paramour 967 0.5% 925 0.4% 960 0.5%
 Provider 918 0.5% 813 0.4% 706 0.4%
 Victim 626 0.3% 648 0.3% 560 0.3%
 Unrelated Home Member 386 0.2% 411 0.2% 451 0.2%
 Religious Entity 340 0.2% 361 0.2% 338 0.2%
 24 Hour Care Provider 200 0.1% 229 0.1% 280 0.1%
 Institutional Personnel 138 0.1% 171 0.1% 148 0.1%
 Blank/Unknown 17 0.0% 18 0.0% 18 0.0%
 Financial Institution 13 0.0% 14 0.0% 14 0.0%
State Total  202,798 100.0% 211,649 100.0% 199,474 100.0%

Note: A report of abuse/neglect may come from multiple sources.

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Number of Child Abuse/Neglect Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Total Confirmed % Confirmed Investigations Unconfirmed Investigations
1 Lubbock 7,244 2,034 28.1% 5,210
2 Abilene 4,370 1,306 29.9% 3,064
3 Arlington 41,455 9,910 23.9% 31,545
4 Tyler 8,881 1,874 21.1% 7,007
5 Beaumont 6,207 1,449 23.3% 4,758
6 Houston 30,473 5,506 18.1% 24,967
7 Austin 21,136 4,830 22.9% 16,306
8 San Antonio 20,592 5,106 24.8% 15,486
9 Midland 4,276 1,170 27.4% 3,106
10 El Paso 4,561 1,212 26.6% 3,349
11 Edinburg 16,984 4,319 25.4% 12,665
Unknown 32 9 28.1% 23
State 166,211 38,725 23.3% 127,486

Family Cases Opened for Services as a Result of a Completed Investigation
Fiscal Year 2012

Region In-Home Direct Delivery In-Home Purchased Family Substitute Care Total
1 Lubbock 868 0 383 1,251
2 Abilene 691 0 231 922
3 Arlington 3,769 1 1,609 5,379
4 Tyler 522 0 499 1,021
5 Beaumont 411 0 294 705
6 Houston 2,674 2 1,302 3,978
7 Austin 1,409 0 1,035 2,444
8 San Antonio 3,242 0 1,245 4,487
9 Midland 541 0 268 809
10 El Paso 580 0 117 697
11 Edinburg 3,030 1 713 3,744
Unknown 0 0 3 3
State 17,737 4 7,699 25,440

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Confirmed Allegations of Child Abuse/Neglect by Type of Abuse
Fiscal Year 2012

Table Includes Abuse/Neglect Types:
Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Abandonment, Medical Neglect, and Physical Neglect

Region Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Emotional Abuse Abandonment Medical Neglect Physical Neglect
1 Lubbock 629 299 28 7 48 349
2 Abilene 396 175 30 8 49 222
3 Arlington 3,328 1,528 77 48 336 1,057
4 Tyler 577 325 25 4 69 251
5 Beaumont 424 186 26 8 65 215
6 Houston 1,756 998 60 25 245 557
7 Austin 1,305 645 46 13 138 347
8 San Antonio 1,320 727 55 25 236 593
9 Midland 421 159 35 5 56 219
10 El Paso 425 143 22 2 68 164
11 Edinburg 1,207 745 74 14 273 705
Unknown 1 1 0 0 0 0
State Total 11,789 5,931 478 159 1,583 4,679

Table Includes Abuse/Neglect Types:
Neglectful Supervision, Refusal to Accept Parental Responsibility, Total Confirmed Allegations of Child Abuse/Neglect, Percent of Child Abuse/Neglect, and *Unduplicated Confirmed Victims

Region Neglectful Supervision Refusal to Accept Parental Responsibility Total Confirmed Allegations of Child Abuse/Neglect Percent of Child Abuse/Neglect *Unduplicated Confirmed Victims
1 Lubbock 2,849 49 4,258 5.7% 3,654
2 Abilene 1,696 13 2,589 3.5% 2,212
3 Arlington 11,985 114 18,473 24.9% 15,930
4 Tyler 2,213 31 3,495 4.7% 2,951
5 Beaumont 1,792 16 2,732 3.7% 2,375
6 Houston 5,826 112 9,579 12.9% 8,358
7 Austin 6,204 105 8,803 11.9% 7,831
8 San Antonio 7,043 64 10,063 13.6% 8,931
9 Midland 1,493 15 2,403 3.2% 1,983
10 El Paso 1,615 25 2,464 3.3% 2,116
11 Edinburg 6,269 96 9,383 12.6% 8,009
Unknown 14 0 16 0.0% 16
State Total 48,999 640 74,258 100.00% 64,366

* Victims have been unduplicated by investigation stage.

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Children in Cases Opened for Services as a Result of a Completed Investigation
Fiscal Year 2012

Region In-home Direct Delivery In-home Purchased % Opened In-home Family Substitute Care* Total
1 Lubbock 2,304 0 69.9% 991 3,295
2 Abilene 1,759 0 75.2% 580 2,339
3 Arlington 9,748 2 71.2% 3,938 13,688
4 Tyler 1,320 0 52.2% 1,211 2,531
5 Beaumont 1,070 0 59.7% 722 1,792
6 Houston 7,427 4 68.4% 3,431 10,862
7 Austin 3,773 0 57.1% 2,829 6,602
8 San Antonio 8,967 0 71.9% 3,509 12,476
9 Midland 1,342 0 65.7% 700 2,042
10 El Paso 1,608 0 83.4% 321 1,929
11 Edinburg 9,359 1 81.3% 2,150 11,510
Other 0 0 0.0% 7 7
Total 48,677 7 70.5% 20,389 69,073

*Includes all children in the case regardless of victimization.

Point Prevalence* Rate of Child Abuse/Neglect per 1,000 Children in Texas Population per Region
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Confirmed Rate Alleged Rate
1 Lubbock 16.2 56.8
2 Abilene 17.0 56.2
3 Arlington 8.3 35.3
4 Tyler 10.8 52.6
5 Beaumont 12.8 55.4
6 Houston 4.8 27.9
7 Austin 10.1 44.7
8 San Antonio 12.5 48.7
9 Midland 12.8 46.2
10 El Paso 8.5 30.7
11 Edinburg 11.7 44.4
State 9.1 39.1

* Point prevalence is the number of children who are alleged/confirmed victims per 1,000 children in the region.

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Race/Ethnicity of Selected CPS Statistics Compared to Texas Child Population
Fiscal Year 2012

Race/Ethnicity of Selected CPS Statistics Compared to Texas Child Population Total African American Anglo Hispanic Native American Other
Texas Child Population 7,054,634 820,392 2,330,533 3,458,537 19,883 425,289
Percent 100% 11.6% 33.0% 49.0% 0.3% 6.0%
CPS Confirmed Victims 64,366 10,151 20,095 30,034 41 4,045
Percent 100% 15.8% 31.2% 46.7% 0.1% 6.3%
Number of Removals** 16,972 3,170 5,241 7,465 15 1,081
Percent 100% 18.7% 30.9% 44.0% 0.1% 6.4%
Children Opened for Service*** 69,073 10,828 18,405 35,521 29 4,290
Percent 100% 15.7% 26.6% 51.4% 0.0% 6.2%

Ethnicity of Children Awaiting Adoption on August 31, 2012 and Median Time Waiting by Ethnicity

Ethnicity of Children Awaiting Adoption and Median Time Waiting by Ethnicity Total African American Anglo Hispanic Native American Other
Texas Children Awaiting Adoption 6,471 1,797 1,628 2,687 7 352
Percent 100% 27.8% 25.2% 41.5% 0.1% 5.4%
State median Time Waiting for Adoption 10.6 12.6 8.8 10.6 15.5 9.5

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 
** Includes removals from all stages of service
*** Includes all children in the case regardless of victimization
Note: Other includes anyone not categorized as Anglo, African-American, Hispanic or Native American

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Confirmed Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
Fiscal Year 2012

State Total: 64,366

Region Confirmed Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
1 Lubbock 3,654
2 Abilene 2,212
3 Arlington 15,930
4 Tyler 2,951
5 Beaumont 2,375
6 Houston 8,358
7 Austin 7,831
8 San Antonio 8,931
9 Midland 1,983
10 El Paso 2,116
11 Edinburg 8,009
Blank or Invalid 16
State Total 64,366

16 confirmed victims did not have a county designated.

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Profile of Confirmed Child Abuse/Neglect Victims*
Fiscal Year 2012

Age: Under 1

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 1,416 893 1,913 0 6 426 4,654
Male 1,453 986 2,069 2 10 456 4,976
Unknown 7 5 10 0 0 9 31
Total 2,876 1,884 3,992 2 16 891 9,661

Age: 1-3 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 2,260 1,231 3,492 2 32 463 7,480
Male 2,513 1,270 3,825 4 37 544 8,193
Unknown 15 9 7 0 1 7 39
Total 4,788 2,510 7,324 6 70 1,014 15,712

Age: 4-6 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 2,062 976 3,086 2 31 369 6,526
Male 2,070 1,017 3,251 6 28 365 6,737
Unknown 12 5 10 0 0 7 34
Total 4,144 1,998 6,347 8 59 741 13,297

Age: 7-9 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 1,524 686 2,496 5 16 244 4,971
Male 1,498 732 2,304 4 24 232 4,794
Unknown 0 2 11 0 0 0 13
Total 3,022 1,420 4,811 9 40 476 9,778

Age: 10-12 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 1,319 530 2,189 2 29 146 4,215
Male 1,170 555 1,567 4 23 139 3,458
Unknown 3 2 3 0 0 2 10
Total 2,492 1,087 3,759 6 52 287 7,683

Age: 13-17 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 1,681 772 2,528 7 39 192 5,219
Male 1,085 475 1,260 3 30 135 2,988
Unknown 3 0 2 0 0 1 6
Total 2,769 1,247 3,790 10 69 328 8,213

Age Unknown

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 1 1 5 0 0 0 7
Male 3 4 6 0 0 2 15
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 5 11 0 0 2 22

Total Victims

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 10,263 5,089 15,709 18 153 1,840 33,072
Male 9,792 5,039 14,282 23 152 1,873 31,161
Unknown 40 23 43 0 1 26 133
Grand Total 20,095 10,151 30,034 41 306 3,739 64,366

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 

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Alleged and Confirmed Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Alleged Victims Confirmed Victims Unconfirmed Victims Percent Confirmed
1 Lubbock 12,793 3,654 9,139 28.6%
2 Abilene 7,313 2,212 5,101 30.2%
3 Arlington 67,786 15,930 51,856 23.5%
4 Tyler 14,424 2,951 11,473 20.5%
5 Beaumont 10,302 2,375 7,927 23.1%
6 Houston 48,571 8,358 40,213 17.2%
7 Austin 34,757 7,831 26,926 22.5%
8 San Antonio 34,740 8,931 25,809 25.7%
9 Midland 7,139 1,983 5,156 27.8%
10 El Paso 7,697 2,116 5,581 27.5%
11 Edinburg 30,382 8,009 22,373 26.4%
Out of State 57 16 41 28.1%
State 275,961 64,366 211,595 23.3%

CPS Confirmed Victims Where the Confirmed Perpetrator was a Parent
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Confirmed Victims
1 Lubbock 3,587
2 Abilene 2,166
3 Arlington 15,563
4 Tyler 2,863
5 Beaumont 2,320
6 Houston 8,100
7 Austin 7,656
8 San Antonio 8,752
9 Midland 1,953
10 El Paso 2,071
11 Edinburg 7,832
State 62,863

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Characteristics Of Perpetrators In Confirmed Investigations of Child Abuse/Neglect
Fiscal Year 2012

Perpetrator Characteristic: Age

Age Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Under 18 738 1.4% 1,472 2.8% 1 0.0% 2,211 4.3%
18-25 9,938 19.2% 5,347 10.3% 3 0.0% 15,288 29.5%
26-35 12,264 23.6% 8,452 16.3% 6 0.0% 20,722 39.9%
36-45 4,459 8.6% 4,532 8.7% 6 0.0% 8,997 17.3%
Over 45 1,963 3.8% 2,672 5.1% 1 0.0% 4,636 8.9%
Invalid 3 0.0% 10 0.0% 18 0.0% 31 0.1%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Marital Status

Marital Status Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Married 6,863 13.2% 7,137 13.8% 2 0.0% 14,002 27.0%
Widowed 279 0.5% 111 0.2% 0 0.0% 390 0.8%
Separated 1,792 3.5% 1,160 2.2% 0 0.0% 2,952 5.7%
Divorced 2,114 4.1% 1,242 2.4% 0 0.0% 3,356 6.5%
Single 9,466 18.2% 4,856 9.4% 0 0.0% 14,322 27.6%
Unknown 8,110 15.6% 6,413 12.4% 32 0.1% 14,555 28.1%
Not Applicable (Under 18) 741 1.4% 1,566 3.0% 1 0.0% 2,308 4.4%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Anglo 12,039 23.2% 8,002 15.4% 1 0.0% 20,042 38.6%
African American 5,069 9.8% 3,735 7.2% 2 0.0% 8,806 17.0%
Hispanic 11,262 21.7% 9,474 18.3% 4 0.0% 20,740 40.0%
Native American 37 0.1% 23 0.0% 0 0.0% 60 0.1%
Asian 147 0.3% 129 0.2% 0 0.0% 276 0.5%
Other 811 1.6% 1,122 2.2% 28 0.1% 1,961 3.8%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Relation to Oldest Victim

Relation to Oldest Victim Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Parent 26,092 50.3% 14,333 27.6% 1 0.0% 40,426 77.9%
Grandparent 1,376 2.7% 809 1.6% 0 0.0% 2,185 4.2%
Sibling/Other Relative 388 0.7% 1,861 3.6% 3 0.0% 2,252 4.3%
Aunt/Uncle 593 1.1% 1,106 2.1% 1 0.0% 1,700 3.3%
Parent's Paramour 373 0.7% 3,329 6.4% 0 0.0% 3,702 7.1%
Other  543 1.0% 1,047 2.0% 30 0.1% 1,620 3.1%

Total Perpetrators

Total FY11 Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Total Perpetrators 29,365 56.6% 22,485 43.3% 35 0.1% 51,885 100%

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 

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Monthly Average Number of Families Receiving Preservation Services
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Regular Intensive Moderate Contracted Total
1 Lubbock 488 3 203 0 694
2 Abilene 196 0 189 0 385
3 Arlington 1,396 5 690 1 2,092
4 Tyler 340 0 61 0 401
5 Beaumont 193 0 38 0 231
6 Houston 1,478 37 355 0 1,870
7 Austin 668 16 223 0 907
8 San Antonio 1,851 1 70 0 1,922
9 Midland 233 1 134 0 368
10 El Paso 342 0 36 0 378
11 Edinburg 1,532 4 356 0 1,892
Out of State 0 0 1 0 1
Total 8,717 67 2,356 1 11,141

Annual Number of Families Receiving Preservation Services Fiscal Year 2012

Region Regular Intensive Moderate Contracted Total
1 Lubbock 1,158 9 478 0 1,645
2 Abilene 540 0 498 0 1,038
3 Arlington 3,788 19 1,807 3 5,617
4 Tyler 867 0 201 0 1,068
5 Beaumont 557 3 129 0 689
6 Houston 3,584 118 897 0 4,599
7 Austin 1,626 46 593 0 2,265
8 San Antonio 4,480 4 168 0 4,652
9 Midland 559 3 331 0 893
10 El Paso 800 0 108 0 908
11 Edinburg 3,927 20 982 1 4,930
Out of State 1 0 1 0 2
Total 21,887 222 6,193 4 28,306

Family Preservation Services is under the umbrella of Family Based Safety Services (FBSS).
Family Preservation Services are services provided to the child and the family without removing the child from the home.
Note: Families may receive more than one type of service.

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Monthly Average Number of Families Receiving Reunification Services per Month
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Regular Intensive Moderate Contracted Total
1 Lubbock 123 0 0 0 123
2 Abilene 82 0 1 0 83
3 Arlington 334 0 1 0 335
4 Tyler 78 0 1 0 79
5 Beaumont 56 0 1 0 57
6 Houston 222 1 1 0 224
7 Austin 301 2 1 0 304
8 San Antonio 257 0 0 0 257
9 Midland 71 0 0 0 71
10 El Paso 32 0 1 0 33
11 Edinburg 205 1 21 0 227
Out of State 1 0 0 0 1
Total 1,762 4 28 0 1,794

Annual Number of Families Receiving Reunification Services
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Regular Intensive Moderate Contracted Total
1 Lubbock 292 0 2 0 294
2 Abilene 203 0 2 0 205
3 Arlington 934 0 3 0 937
4 Tyler 248 0 2 0 250
5 Beaumont 170 0 2 0 172
6 Houston 722 2 4 0 728
7 Austin 751 3 3 0 757
8 San Antonio 693 0 1 0 694
9 Midland 157 0 0 0 157
10 El Paso 108 0 2 0 110
11 Edinburg 574 5 62 0 641
Out of State 6 0 1 0 7
Total 4,858 10 84 0 4,952

Family Reunification Services are under the umbrella of Family Based Safety Services (FBSS).
Family Reunification Services are provided to the family as a child is returning home from court-ordered substitute care.
Note: Families may receive more than one type of service.

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Children in Foster Care by County During
Fiscal Year 2012

State Total: 31,302*

Region Children in Foster Care
Region 1 1,855
Region 2 993
Region 3 6,295
Region 4 1,692
Region 5 1,178
Region 6 5,900
Region 7 3,474
Region 8 5,195
Region 9 1,089
Region 10 642
Region 11 2,983
Total 31,302

Note: 6 children were out of state

Children in Foster Care by County During, Fiscal Year 2012 by County

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Number of Children Removed from Home as a Result of CPS Abuse/Neglect Investigation

Fiscal Year As a Result of an Investigation From Family Based Safety Services* From Family Substitute Care Services Total
2008 10,808 3,276 211 14,295
2009 8,527 3,404 176 12,107
2010 11,266 4,815 266 16,347
2011 12,148 4,717 243 17,108
2012 12,538 4,220 214 16,972

*Removals from Family Based Safety Services includes Family Preservation and Family Reunification
Note: The data presented in this chart have been modified to more accurately report where a removal occurred and therefore will not match prior data books.

Point of Prevalence* for Children Entering Substitute Care
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Point Prevalence*
Lubbock (1) 3.7
Abilene (2) 3.8
Arlington (3) 1.9
Tyler (4) 3.9
Beaumont (5) 3.4
Houston (6) 1.5
Austin (7) 2.8
San Antonio (8) 4.1
Midland (9) 3.7
El Paso (10) 1.2
Edinburg (11) 2.6
State 2.4

*Point of prevalence is the number of children entering substitute care per 1,000 children in the region.

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Where are Children in DFPS Care?

… of the 27,919 children in DFPS substitute care on August 31, 2012:

16,697 children were in Foster Care.

11,552 children were in other types of Substitute Care

  • 11,552 children placed in Child Placing Agency (CPA) Foster Homes. Foster homes are families who accept foster children into their homes. These foster homes are recruited, trained, verified and managed by private CPAs. DFPS has contracts with over 100 CPAs. The majority of CPA foster homes are verified to provide therapeutic foster care services. 379 of these children were placed in Kinship Verified Foster Homes.

  • 1,839 children placed in DFPS Foster Homes. These are families who accept foster children into their homes and are recruited, trained, verified and managed by DFPS. The majority provide basic foster care services. 460 of these children were place in Kinship Verified Foster Homes.

  • 765 children were placed in Basic Child Care. These are typically cottage and campus type settings meeting basic child needs.

  • 1,527 children were placed in Residential Treatment Centers. An RTC is a very structured setting for children with serious emotional disturbance or mental health issues.  

  • 620 children were placed in Emergency Shelters. These are intended for stays of less than 30 days.

  • 394 children were placed in Other types of foster care such as camps, maternity homes, hospitals, juvenile detention, ICFs-IID, HCS homes, state schools & hospitals.

... of the 11,222 children in other types of Substitute Care

  • 9,982 children were placed in Kinship Care. DFPS supports eligible relative caregivers by assisting with initial costs of accepting a child and through ongoing case management.
  • 433 children were in pending adoptions in CPA Adoptive Homes.
  • 323 children were in pending adoptions in DFPS Adoptive Homes.
  • 484 children were placed in Other Substitute Care which includes independent living programs, unauthorized absences and court ordered placements.

Notes

A. The 27,919 children includes 602 youth over the age of 18 in foster care, but who have "aged-out" of the legal conservatorship of DFPS.

B. There are a total of 29,775 children in DFPS legal responsibility. 2,458 are in legal conservatorship of DFPS but not in substitute care; the majority of these children are in a reunification stage and are living with their families of origin.

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Demographics of Children in Foster Care at the End of the Year By Fiscal Year 2012

Characteristic: Age

Age Aug 2009 Number Aug 2009 Percent Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent
Birth - 2 3,319 20.8% 3,868 22.7% 3,797 22.1% 3,614 21.6%
3-5 2,249 14.1% 2,711 15.9% 2,903 16.9% 2,766 16.6%
6-9 2,679 16.8% 2,782 16.3% 2,948 17.2% 2,948 17.7%
10-13 2,930 18.4% 2,959 17.4% 2,972 17.3% 2,820 16.9%
14-17 4,225 26.5% 4,102 24.1% 3,976 23.1% 3,947 23.6%
18-21 530 3.3% 605 3.6% 587 3.4% 602 3.6%

Characteristic: Gender

Gender Aug 2009 Number Aug 2009 Percent Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent
Male 8,689 54.5% 9,203 54.0% 9,308 54.2% 9,030 54.1%
Female 7,243 45.5% 7,824 46.0% 7,874 45.8% 7,667 45.9%
Unknown 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 1 0.0% 0 0.0%

Characteristic: Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Aug 2009 Number Aug 2009 Percent Aug 2010 Number Aug 20109 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent
Anglo 4,522 28.4% 5,008 29.4% 5,044 29.4% 5,048 30.2%
African American 3,976 25.0% 4,107 24.1% 4,126 24.0% 3,825 22.9%
Hispanic 6,529 38.3% 6,946 40.8% 6,995 40.7% 6,813 40.8%
Native American 40 0.3% 29 0.2% 31 0.2% 22 0.1%
Asian 43 0.3% 44 0.3% 44 0.3% 38 0.2%
Other 822 5.2% 893 5.2% 943 5.5% 951 5.7%

Totals

Totals of Characteristics Aug 2009 Number Aug 2009 Percent Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent
Total 15,932 100% 17,027 100% 17,183 100.00% 16,697 100%

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 

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Point of Prevalence* for Children in Substitute Care at The End of Fiscal Year 2012

Region Point Prevalence*
Lubbock (1) 7.1
Abilene (2) 6.0
Arlington (3) 2.7
Tyler (4) 5.4
Beaumont (5) 4.9
Houston (6) 3.4
Austin (7) 3.9
San Antonio (8) 6.8
Midland (9) 6.7
El Paso (10) 1.9
Edinburg (11) 3.1
State 3.9

*Point of prevalence is the number of children entering substitute care per 1,000 children in the region. Includes children ages 0 - 17.

Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility, in Substitute Care or in Foster Care Placements at the End of Fiscal Year 2012

Region DFPS Legal Responsibility Substitute Care Foster Care*
Lubbock (1) 1788 1642 1053
Abilene (2) 902 793 525
Arlington (3) 5616 5238 3222
Tyler (4) 1612 1502 921
Beaumont (5) 987 914 616
Houston (6) 6293 6029 3373
Austin (7) 3401 3139 1797
San Antonio (8) 5171 4961 2709
Midland (9) 1119 1045 674
El Paso (10) 528 499 350
Edinburg (11) 2358 2157 1457
State 29,775 27,919 16,697

Note: Includes youth who have aged out of DFPS legal responsibility but remain in substitute care.

* Foster Care is a subset of Substitute Care

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Legal Status of Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility

Legal Status Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent
Care, Custody & Control* 36 0.1% 25 0.1% 49 0.2%
Temporary Managing Conservatorship** 16,612 57.5% 17,489 57.9% 17,332 58.2%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Not Terminated 2,929 10.1% 3,110 10.3% 2,863 9.6%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Terminated (ALL) 8,885 30.8% 9,147 30.3% 9,105 30.6%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Terminated (One Parent) 397 1.4% 396 1.3% 400 1.3%
Possessory Conservatorship**** 34 0.1% 37 0.1% 26 0.1%
Total 28,893 100% 30,204 100% 29,775 100%

* Care, Custody and Control - In some counties in Texas, this type of custody is given at an Ex Parte Hearing rather than appointing a temporary managing conservator. This provides legal authority for DFPS to ensure a child's safety and meet a child's basic needs for shelter, food, and education.

** Temporary Managing Conservatorship - TMC is awarded to DFPS as a result of a court hearing and written order and continues until a judge issues another order changing the legal status. It authorizes DFPS to act in the child's best interest and has exclusive rights including but not limited to the following: designating the primary residence of a child, make decisions concerning the child's education, consent to marriage or enlistment in the armed forces.

*** Permanent Managing Conservatorship - PMC is awarded to DFPS as a result of a court hearing and written order. PMC authorizes DFPS to act in the child's best interest and have the rights of a Managing Conservator on a permanent basis.

**** Possessory Conservatorship - A judge appoints a parent as Possessory Conservator who is not appointed as a sole or joint managing conservator, unless this appointment is not in the best interest of the child. Possessory Conservators are provided with visitation orders, unless access would endanger the child physically or emotionally.

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Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility by Living Arrangement at the End of Each Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year Non-Foster Care Foster Care Total % Change
2009 11,061 15,402 26,463 -8.0%
2010 12,471 16,422 28,893 9.2%
2011 13,608 16,596 30,204 4.5%
2012 13,680 16,095 29,775 -1.4%

Note: Foster care totals exclude youth over 18 who remain in foster care but have aged out of DFPS legal responsibility. Non-foster care placements include adoption, relative, own home and other.

Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility in Non-Foster Care Placements

Fiscal Year Total Non-Foster Care Other* Adoption Relative Own Home
2009 11,061 630 957 7,673 1,801
2010 12,471 573 815 8,894 2,189
2011 13,608 543 868 9,858 2,339
2012 13,680 484 756 9,982 2,458

* Other includes independent living, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities and unauthorized absences.

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Children* in Substitute Care Placements by Living Arrangement Categories As of August 31, 2012

Region CPA Foster - Group Homes & Independent Homes DFPS Foster & Foster Group Homes DFPS Adoptive Homes Private Adoptive Homes Kinship
Lubbock (1) 506 150 11 22 518
Abilene (2) 341 97 3 4 256
Arlington (3) 2,412 294 20 81 1,848
Tyler (4) 593 114 33 13 506
Beaumont (5) 349 162 8 4 277
Houston (6) 2,442 305 180 184 2,188
Austin (7) 1,137 249 21 29 1,255
San Antonio (8) 1,728 179 27 67 2,040
Midland (9) 425 99 8 9 325
El Paso (10) 202 73 1 1 140
Edinburg (11) 1,044 99 11 19 629
Out of State 0 0 0 0 0
Total 11,179 1,821 323 433 9,982
Region General Residential Operation Emergency Shelters Residential Treatment Other Total
Lubbock (1) 148 53 137 56 1,601
Abilene (2) 10 17 37 15 780
Arlington (3) 55 47 246 118 5,121
Tyler (4) 59 26 92 43 1,479
Beaumont (5) 29 19 39 19 906
Houston (6) 42 81 302 176 5,900
Austin (7) 37 37 224 73 3,062
San Antonio (8) 237 195 209 173 4,855
Midland (9) 13 41 68 42 1,030
El Paso (10) 1 21 26 13 478
Edinburg (11) 63 59 120 61 2,105
Out of State 0 0 0 0 0
Total 694 596 1,500 789 27,317

*Excludes 602 young adults over 18 who have aged out of DFPS conservatorship but remain in DFPS care.

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Permanency Goal of Children in Substitute Care for Whom DFPS had Legal Responsibility Fiscal Year End 2012

Total Children: 22,308

Goal Count Percent
Adoption 10,893 48.8%
Reunification 7,213 32.3%
Permanent Placement with Relatives and Other Caregivers 2,030 9.1%
Alternative Long Term Living 1,206 5.4%
Adult Living 966 4.3%
Total Children 22,308 100%

Number of DFPS Foster, Foster/Adoptive and Adoptive Homes As of August 31, 2012

Region Foster Homes* Foster/Adoptive Homes** Adoptive Homes***
Lubbock (1) 4 116 17
Abilene (2) 4 59 11
Arlington (3) 40 250 87
Tyler (4) 10 77 35
Beaumont (5) 17 115 20
Houston (6) 39 251 244
Austin (7) 24 161 92
San Antonio (8) 8 140 108
Midland (9) 2 56 14
El Paso (10) 2 43 10
Edinburg (11) 8 53 24
Out of State 23 35 6
Total 181 1,356 668

* Includes 58 verified kinship homes.
** Includes 23 legal risk homes and 392 verified kinship homes.
*** This number does not include homes open only for receipt of adoption subsidy.

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Children Placed in Adoptive Homes by Region Fiscal Year 2012

Region Number of Placements
Lubbock (1) 327
Abilene (2) 90
Arlington (3) 831
Tyler (4) 253
Beaumont (5) 126
Houston (6) 1,286
Austin (7) 565
San Antonio (8) 1,190
Midland (9) 119
El Paso (10) 90
Edinburg (11) 216
State Total 5,093
Total Unique Children 5,079

Demographics of 5,079 Children in Adoptive Homes
Fiscal Year 2012

Age

Age Count Percent
Under 1 year 78 1.5%
1 - 5 years 2,899 57.1%
6 - 12 years 1,672 32.9%
13 years and over 430 8.5%
Total 5,079 100%

Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Count Percent
Anglo 1,365 26.9%
African American 1,173 23.1%
Hispanic 2,181 42.9%
Native American 10 0.2%
Asian 14 0.3%
Other 336 6.6%
Total 5,079 100%

Child Characteristics

Child Characteristics Count Percent
Disabling Condition 1,713 33.7%
No Special Characteristics 3,366 66.3%
Total 5,079 100%

Sex

Sex Count Percent
Female 2,507 49.4%
Male 2,572 50.6%
Total 5,079 100%

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 

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Children with Disabling Conditions Placed in Adoptive Homes Fiscal Year 2012

Total number of children placed in adoptive homes: 5,079

Number of unique children with disabling conditions placed in adoptive homes: 1,713

Disabling Condition Percentage of all Children Placed in Adoptive Homes Number of children with Disabling condition
Drug/Alcohol* 15.4% 784
Learning Disabilities 13.6% 690
Emotionally Disturbed 9.0% 458
Medically Involved 5.8% 295
Physical 1.4% 70
Other** 0.3% 16

* Drug/Alcohol disabling condition can either be due to self abuse or exposure to an individual with the condition.

** Other includes teen parent or pregnant.

Note: Children may be duplicated across categories because some may have more than one disabling condition.

Children in Consummated Adoptions by Type of Agency by Fiscal Year

Legal Status 2009 Number 2009 Percent 2010 Number 2010 Percent 2011 Number 2011 Percent 2012 Number 2012 Percent
DFPS 2,804 57.7% 2,841 59.2% 2,563 55.3% 2,823 56.0%
Non DFPS* 2,055 42.3% 1,962 40.8% 2,072 44.7% 2,217 44.0%
Total Consummations 4,859 100% 4,803 100% 4,635 100% 5,040 100%

* Non DFPS includes private agency adoptions, relative adoptions and out of state adoptions.

Children in Consummated Adoptions by Region Fiscal Year 2012

Region Adoptions Consummated
Lubbock (1) 316
Abilene (2) 108
Arlington (3) 831
Tyler (4) 267
Beaumont (5) 123
Houston (6) 1,197
Austin (7) 602
San Antonio (8) 1,191
Midland (9) 110
El Paso (10) 89
Edinburg (11) 206
Total Unique Children 5,040

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Demographics of 5,040 Children in Consummated Adoptions
Fiscal Year 2012

Age

Age Count Percent
Under 1 year 62 1.2%
1 - 5 years 2,895 57.4%
6 - 12 years 1,642 32.6%
13 years and over 441 8.8%
Total 5,040 100%

Gender

Gender Count Percent
Male 2,534 50.3%
Female 2,506 49.7%
Total 5,040 100%

Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Count Percent
Anglo 1,394 27.7%
African American 1,125 22.3%
Hispanic 2,182 43.3%
Native American 8 0.2%
Asian 8 0.2%
Other 323 6.4%
Total 5,040 100.0%

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 

Race/Ethnicity of Children and Adoptive Parents by Fiscal Year

Legal Status 2009 Number 2009 Percent 2010 Number 2010 Percent 2011 Number 2011 Percent 2012 Number 2012 Percent
Race/Ethnicity of parent(s) is same as child 3,020 62.2% 2,970 61.8% 2,718 58.6% 3,071 60.9%
Race/Ethnicity of one or
both parents differs from child's (Multiracial)*
1,839 37.8% 1,833 38.2% 1,917 41.4% 1,969 39.1%
Total Adoptions 4,859 100% 4,803 100% 4,635 100% 5,040 100%

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before.

* Includes when Race/Ethnicity was not determined.

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CPS Outcomes Based on Data from Fiscal Year 2012

Child Safety Outcomes

  • Percent of children who remained safe in substitute care (children in care during FY12 who did not experience a confirmed incident of maltreatment) 99.9%
  • Absence of Repeat Maltreatment (child victims without a subsequent confirmed allegation within 6 months of the prior confirmed allegation) 97.1%

Permanency Services

Percentage of children with 2 or fewer placements that have been in care 12 months or less 85.9%

Family Preservation Outcomes

(measured from start of services to end of services) Average length of Service 7.7 months

Family Reunification Outcomes

  • (measured from removal to placement in own home and termination of DFPS conservatorship)
  • Percent of children returned to own home 33.3%
  • Average number of placements per child 1.9 placements
  • Average length of service 13.3 months
  • Median length of service 12.1 months
  • Children reunified with family, with DFPS conservatorship terminated, within 12 months of removal 63.7%

Adoption Services Outcomes

  • (measured from removal to adoption consummation)
  • Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility with an adoption consummation 28.6%
  • Average number of placements per child 2.7 placements
  • Average length of service 29.2 months
  • From removal to final order 13.9 months
  • From final order to adoptive placement 13.8 months
  • From placement to adoption consummated 1.5 months
  • Median length of service 24.2 months
  • Children adopted within 24 months of removal 49.3%

Permanent Relative Care Outcomes

  • (measured from removal to date DFPS legal responsibility ended)
  • Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility to a relative placement 29.1%
  • Average number of placements 1.9 placements
  • Average length of service 14.0 months
  • Median length of service 11.6 months
  • Children re-entering foster care within 12 months of discharge from a previous episode of foster care 4.4%

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CPS Outcomes Based on Data from Fiscal Year 2012

Long-term Substitute Care Outcomes

Emancipation (includes children who left DFPS legal responsibility by emancipation or turning 18)

(measured from removal to date DFPS legal responsibility ended or date child turns 18 years of age)
Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility 7.7%
Average number of placements 7.0 placements
Average length of service 58.0 months
Median length of service 45.6. months

Other Long-term Substitute Care

(measured from removal to date DFPS legal responsibility ended)
Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility 1.2%
Average number of placements 2.3 placements
Average length of service 14.6 months
Median length of service 8.9 months

Fiscal Year 2012 Recidivism Outcomes

For All Stages:

(measured as a new confirmed reason to believe allegation within 12 months of the end of services or a return to
substitute care or new Family Preservation services provided) 7.8%

For Family Preservation:

(measured as a new confirmed reason to believe allegation within 12 months of the end of Family Preservation
services or new Family Preservation services provided) 7.4%

For Family Reunification:

(measured as a new confirmed reason to believe allegation or a return to substitute care within 12 months of the
end of Family Reunification services or new Family Preservation services provided) 17.0%

Substitute Care Outcomes for Cases Open at the End of Fiscal Year 2012

  • Average length of service for children in temporary managing conservatorship: 6.8 months
  • Median length of service for children in temporary managing conservatorship: 5.7 months
  • Average length of service for children in permanent managing conservatorship: 39.2 months
  • Median length of service for children in permanent managing conservatorship: 27.5 months

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Status of Children No Longer in DFPS Legal Responsibility Fiscal Year 2012

Total Children: 17,625

Outcome Count Percent
Family Reunification 5,873 33.3%
Custody to Relatives with PCA 530 3.0%
Custody to Relatives without PCA 4,605 26.1%
Relative Adoption Consummated 2,358 13.4%
Non-Relative Adoption Consummated 2,682 15.2%
Children Emancipated* 1,363 7.7%
Other** 214 1.2%
State 17,625 100%

* Of the 1,363 youth emancipated in FY12, 1,019 were emancipated from paid foster care.
** Other includes children absent without permission, children in court ordered or independent living placements; children for whom conservatorship was never obtained and children with a missing discharge reason.

Average Length of Time in Months for Children Leaving DFPS Responsibility by Type of Exit and Region
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Family Reunification Relative Care Adoption Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Lubbock (1) 16.9 15.1 30.8 66.8 8.4
Abilene (2) 14.3 16.7 32.4 49.5 10.2
Arlington (3) 11.8 12.9 26.4 59.0 13.1
Tyler (4) 12.7 11.5 27.0 53.7 18.9
Beaumont (5) 12.9 12.1 28.7 58.2 51.8
Houston (6) 14.6 16.3 33.0 62.8 16.2
Austin (7) 13.1 14.0 27.3 50.2 15.0
San Antonio (8) 12.3 14.3 27.5 57.7 13.2
Midland (9) 16.9 19.0 32.4 63.4 11.3
El Paso (10) 12.2 9.9 28.4 64.0 7.5
Edinburg (11) 12.7 12.8 31.7 47.5 15.3
State 13.3 14.0 29.2 58.0 14.6

Average Length of Time in Months for Children Leaving DFPS Responsibility by Type of Exit and Race/Ethnicity***
Fiscal Year 2012

Race/Ethnicity Family Reunification Relative Care Adoption Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Anglo 13.7 13.5 27.0 57.1 15.5
African American 13.1 15.2 33.6 62.8 14.7
Hispanic 13.2 14.1 28.8 55.3 14.2
Native American 25.9 22.4 34.4 1.5 na
Asian 9.5 4.2 20.4 28.7 na
Other 12.1 12.5 26.0 56.9 12.6
State 13.3 14.0 29.2 58.0 14.6

*** As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 

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Average Number of Out-of-Home Placements for Children Who Attained Permanency Fiscal Year 2012

Region Family Reunification Relative Care Adoption Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Lubbock (1) 1.8 2.2 3.0 8.9 1.1
Abilene (2) 2.1 2.1 2.7 6.3 2.4
Arlington (3) 1.8 1.8 2.7 6.9 1.8
Tyler (4) 1.7 1.9 2.5 6.4 1.8
Beaumont (5) 2.0 2.0 2.8 6.2 4.5
Houston (6) 1.8 2.0 2.5 7.1 3.1
Austin (7) 1.9 1.8 2.6 6.6 2.8
San Antonio (8) 2.0 1.8 3.0 7.4 1.5
Midland (9) 2.0 2.3 2.8 6.1 2.0
El Paso (10) 1.9 1.6 3.0 6.2 2.3
Edinburg (11) 2.1 2.2 2.8 6.2 1.6
State Total 1.9 1.9 2.7 7.0 2.3

Note: The average number of placements per child in substitute care for all children who attained permanency is 2.5 placements.

Length of Time in Care for Children Who Achieved Permanency Status*

Year: 2012

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months 55.1%
13 to 24 months 28.8%
25+ months 16.1%

Year: 2011

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months 57.1%
13 to 24 months 25.6%
25+ months 17.2%

Year: 2010

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months 51.1%
13 to 24 months 26.1%
25+ months 22.8%

Year: 2009

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months 50.0%
13 to 24 months 28.7%
25+ months 21.4%

Year: 2008

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months 55.2%
13 to 24 months 27.5%
25+ months 17.3%

* Children who left substitute care via an own home, permanent relative placement or adoption consummation and DFPS legal responsibility was ended.

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Average Monthly Number of Children and Young Adults, FTEs*
in Paid Foster Care by Service Levels
Fiscal Year 2012

Service Level Number of Children & Young Adults Number of FTEs
Basic 11,329 10,005
Child Specific** 39 36
Emergency Shelter 919 572
Intense 304 270
Moderate 3,370 3,074
Psychiatric Transition 24 16
Specialized 2,672 2,419
Total 18,657*** 16,392

Unduplicated Count: 18,172

Note: Calculations exclude children where cost of care was not covered by Title IV-E or state paid foster care.                
* An FTE is calculated by dividing the number of paid foster care days in the month by the number of days in a month.               
** Child Specific contracts do not have an actual level of care.               
*** Duplicated count due to changes in service levels during the month.              

Note: For HHSC 24-Hour Residential Child Care Facilities Rates go to www.dfps.state.tx.us/PCS/rates_childcare_reimbursement.asp

Foster Care Expenditures by Source Fiscal Year 2012

Total Expenditures: $373,644,867

Service Level Expenditures Percent
State Paid $117,682,412.97 31%
Title IV-E $255,962,454.38 69%
Total $373,644,867.35 100%

Title IV-E Federal Foster Care Program Description

The Federal Foster Care Program helps States provide safe and stable out-of-home care for children until the children are safely returned home, placed permanently with adoptive families or placed in other planned arrangements for permanency. Funds are available for: monthly maintenance payments to eligible foster care providers; administrative costs to manage the program; training staff and foster parents; foster parent recruitment; and other related expenses. State Paid Foster Care may be funded with Federal Block Grant (TANF)

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Children and Young Adults* in Paid Foster Care Monthly Average by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year State Paid Children in Foster Care** State Paid Young Adults* in Foster Care** Title IV-E Children in Foster Care Title IV-E Young Adults* Foster Care Total Children & Young Adults in Foster Care*** % Change from Previous Fiscal Year
2008 4,673 651 12,828 546 18,698 -8.7%
2009 4,344 700 11,485 545 17,074 -8.7%
2010 4,308 783 11,936 558 17,585 3.0%
2011 4,562 821 12,569 509 18,461 5.0%
2012 4,649 726 12,283 525 18,183 -1.5%

Children and Young Adults* in Paid Foster Care Monthly Average by Region
Fiscal Year 2012

Region State Paid Children in Foster Care** State Paid Young Adults* in Foster Care** Title IV-E Children in Foster Care Title IV-E Young Adults* Foster Care Total Children & Young Adults in Foster Care***
Lubbock (1) 260 52 803 40 1,155
Abilene (2) 111 19 428 20 578
Arlington (3) 836 146 2,417 106 3,505
Tyler (4) 329 41 565 23 958
Beaumont (5) 186 17 440 10 653
Houston (6) 802 153 2,626 115 3,696
Austin (7) 672 105 1,154 43 1,974
San Antonio (8) 870 103 1,942 88 3,003
Midland (9) 135 22 518 17 692
El Paso (10) 57 16 292 19 384
Edinburg (11) 392 53 1,104 44 1,593
Unknown 1 0 1 0 2
Total*** 4,651 727 12,290 525 18,193

Unduplicated Count: 18,172

* A young adult is any person in foster care who was 18 to 21 years of age at anytime during the fiscal year.
** State Paid Foster Care may be funded with Federal Block Grant (TANF).
*** Some children are served in more than one region and/or eligibility type in a month.

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Families and Children Receiving Kinship Caregiver Monetary Assistance
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Family Served Children Served
Lubbock (1) 308 547
Abilene (2) 155 260
Arlington (3) 1,461 2,543
Tyler (4) 204 354
Beaumont (5) 151 254
Houston (6) 1,382 2,365
Austin (7) 645 1,150
San Antonio (8) 652 1,171
Midland (9) 176 283
El Paso (10) 85 155
Edinburg (11) 562 1,113
Unknown 112 177
Total 5,893 10,372

Families and Children Kinship Caregiver Monetary Assistance Payments
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Total Integration Payments Total Flexible Support Payments Total Relative Caregiver Support
Lubbock (1) $181,750.00 $211,000.00 $392,750.00
Abilene (2) $104,000.00 $120,500.00 $224,500.00
Arlington (3) $733,250.00 $1,210,500.00 $1,943,750.00
Tyler (4) $142,250.00 $166,000.00 $308,250.00
Beaumont (5) $89,750.00 $105,500.00 $195,250.00
Houston (6) $541,500.00 $1,029,200.00 $1,570,700.00
Austin (7) $431,250.00 $544,500.00 $975,750.00
San Antonio (8) $400,000.00 $320,000.00 $720,000.00
Midland (9) $94,000.00 $127,550.00 $221,550.00
El Paso (10) $56,000.00 $63,000.00 $119,000.00
Edinburg (11) $228,250.00 $556,500.00 $784,750.00
Unknown $47,000.00 $81,500.00 $128,500.00
Total $3,049,000.00 $4,535,750.00 $7,584,750.00

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Average Number of Children Provided Adoption Subsidy* by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year State Paid Adoption Subsidies Title IV-E Adoption Subsidies Total Children Provided Adoption Subsidy % Change from Previous Fiscal Year
2008 6,288 21,235 27,523 11.68%
2009 6,707 23,994 30,701 11.55%
2010 7,146 26,558 33,704 9.78%
2011 7,296 28,994 36,290 7.67%
2012 7,550 31,506 39,056 7.62%

Average Number of Children Provided Adoption Subsidy* per Month by Region, Fiscal Year 2012

Region Clients
Lubbock (1) 2,009
Abilene (2) 993
Arlington (3) 8,023
Tyler (4) 1,687
Beaumont (5) 1,240
Houston (6) 8,623
Austin (7) 5,215
San Antonio (8) 8,133
Midland (9) 685
El Paso (10) 863
Edinburg (11) 1,582
Unknown 3

*Subsidy includes financial payments only, not medical and non-recurring subsidies.

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Number of Children Provided Permanency Care Assistance* by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year State Paid Permanency Care Assistance Title IV-E Permanency Care Assistance Total Children Provided Permanency Care Assistance % Change from Previous Fiscal Year
2011 34 170 204 N/A
2012 119 415 534 161.8%

Number of Children Provided Permanency Care Assistance* by Region,
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Clients
Lubbock (1) 11
Abilene (2) 35
Arlington (3) 158
Tyler (4) 26
Beaumont (5) 22
Houston (6) 70
Austin (7) 101
San Antonio (8) 41
Midland (9) 33
El Paso (10) 0
Edinburg (11) 37
Unknown 0

*Does not include non-recurring payments.

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Average Number of Children and Families Receiving Purchased Services per Month
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Living at Home Living Out of Home Post Adoption Total Children Total Adults Total Clients
Lubbock (1) 431 406 0 837 855 1,692
Abilene (2) 104 229 496 829 437 1,266
Arlington (3) 1,122 1,500 0 2,622 1,451 4,073
Tyler (4) 257 299 0 556 925 1,481
Beaumont (5) 119 208 89 416 398 814
Houston (6) 640 1,350 313 2,303 2,924 5,227
Austin (7) 502 692 0 1,194 1,699 2,893
San Antonio (8) 631 806 93 1,530 1,743 3,273
Midland (9) 105 200 0 305 500 805
El Paso (10) 44 130 0 174 113 287
Edinburg (11) 647 376 0 1,023 2,021 3,044
Total 4,602 6,196 991 11,789 13,066 24,855

Note: Averages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Average Monthly Percent of Children Receiving CPS Purchased Services by Region Fiscal Year 2012

Region Number of
In-Home Children
Receiving
Purchased Services
Total Number
of In-Home
Children
% of In-Home
Children Receiving
Purchased Services
Number of Children
in Substitute Care
Receiving
Purchased Services
Total Number of
Children in
Substitute Care
% of Children in
Substitute Care
Receiving
Purchased Services
Lubbock (1) 431 2,277 18.9% 406 1,793 22.7%
Abilene (2) 104 1,231 8.5% 229 841 27.2%
Arlington (3) 1,122 6,610 17.0% 1,500 5,465 27.5%
Tyler (4) 257 1,315 19.5% 299 1,582 18.9%
Beaumont (5) 119 758 15.6% 208 905 23.0%
Houston (6) 640 6,274 10.2% 1,350 6,631 20.4%
Austin (7) 502 3,385 14.8% 692 3,312 20.9%
San Antonio (8) 631 6,370 9.9% 806 5,241 15.4%
Midland (9) 105 1,194 8.8% 200 1,046 19.1%
El Paso (10) 44 1,198 3.7% 130 530 24.5%
Edinburg (11) 647 6,823 9.5% 375 2,366 15.9%
Total 4,602 37,435 12.3% 6,196 29,712 20.9%

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Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)

FGDM is a part of the CPS process to be family-centered. The goal is to enhance safety, permanency, and well-being for children by providing direct services and support services to their caregivers, whether biological or through affinity. FGDM describes a variety of practices to work with and engage families in problem solving, including Family Team Meetings (FTM), Family Group Conferences (FGC), and Circles of Support (COS):

  • Family Team Meeting (FTM) is designed as a rapid response to child safety and placement concerns and is used to achieve positive outcomes for children in the earliest stages of interaction between CPS and families.
  • Family Group Conference (FGC) is a process where families join with relatives, friends, and others in the community to develop a plan to ensure children are cared for and protected from future harm. This broader constellation of “family” convenes with information providers/community supports and CPS caseworkers in a unique partnership that empowers the “family group” with a high degree of decision-making authority and responsibility.
  • Circles of Support (COS) is a youth-focused, youth-driven meeting with the primary purpose of developing a plan for older youth to transition from foster care to adulthood. It may be used for other purposes as well. It includes broader participation of the youth’s support network.

Family Team Meetings Conducted By Race/Ethnicity
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Lubbock (1) 248 57 345 0 2 40 692
Abilene (2) 241 28 126 0 0 29 424
Arlington (3) 805 324 358 3 7 125 1,622
Tyler (4) 303 74 53 1 0 42 473
Beaumont (5) 114 46 14 0 1 23 198
Houston (6) 408 345 335 0 9 85 1,182
Austin (7) 661 283 642 0 4 146 1,736
San Antonio (8) 286 82 728 2 3 44 1,145
Midland (9) 83 13 105 0 1 10 212
El Paso (10) 23 12 178 3 0 10 226
Edinburg (11) 80 10 724 0 0 13 827
Other/Unknown 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Total 3,252 1,274 3,609 9 27 567 8,738

Family Group Conferences Conducted By Race/Ethnicity Fiscal Year 2012

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Lubbock (1) 167 41 199 0 0 33 440
Abilene (2) 284 40 106 0 0 29 459
Arlington (3) 475 266 238 0 2 106 1,087
Tyler (4) 271 79 53 0 0 56 459
Beaumont (5) 76 41 9 0 0 16 142
Houston (6) 330 330 248 3 5 109 1,025
Austin (7) 314 139 181 2 0 82 718
San Antonio (8) 286 84 937 2 2 72 1,383
Midland (9) 131 23 160 0 0 17 331
El Paso (10) 5 2 82 0 0 5 94
Edinburg (11) 144 11 1,246 0 0 42 1,443
Other/Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2,483 1,056 3,459 7 9 567 7,581

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Circles of Support Conducted by Race/Ethnicity
Fiscal Year 2012

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Lubbock (1) 98 32 60 0 0 16 206
Abilene (2) 47 20 14 0 0 8 89
Arlington (3) 171 190 106 2 5 39 513
Tyler (4) 60 42 10 1 0 4 117
Beaumont (5) 29 17 7 0 0 9 62
Houston (6) 168 368 167 0 7 48 758
Austin (7) 131 105 81 0 1 45 363
San Antonio (8) 81 40 231 0 0 25 377
Midland (9) 57 7 36 0 0 4 104
El Paso (10) 5 5 38 0 0 4 52
Edinburg (11) 17 9 166 0 0 12 204
Total 864 835 916 3 13 214 2,845

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 

Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Services
Youth Ages 16 through 20

The Transitional Services Program includes Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program services to help youth aging out of foster care prepare for adult life, and assist with the initial transition to adult living. PAL services ensure that DFPS foster youth and those aging out of care receive the tools, resources, supports, and personal and community connections they need to become self-sufficient adult. Supportive services and benefits are provided to eligible youth ages 16 to 21, and in some cases up to age 23 for certain educational/vocational needs, to assist when they leave foster care.

Fiscal Year Eligible and Served Eligible and Not Served Total
2008 7,622 988 8,610
2009 7,735 889 8,624
2010 7,701 996 8,697
2011 8,139 789 8,928
2012 7,458 1,274 8,732

Note: 948 youth who were not served in FY 2012 received services prior to FY 2012.

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Fiscal Year 2004 and 2012 Daily Statistics

Per Day Statistics Fiscal Year 2004 Fiscal Year 2012
Total DFPS Calls 1,987 2,106
CPS Reports 568 565
Completed Investigations 379 455
Confirmed Investigations 89 106
Alleged Victims 613 756
Confirmed Victims 138 176
Children Removed 37 46
Total Children Exiting CVS 30 48
Where do children exiting CVS go?    
Family Reunification 11 16
Custody Given to Relatives 8 14
Adoption Consummated 7 14
Child Emancipated 3 4
Other 2 1

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