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CPS
Child protective Services Overview

CPS

Total Average Filled Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff*

Caseworkers (Investigation)
2,030.7
Caseworkers (Family-Based Safety Services)
863.6
Caseworkers (Conservatorship)
1,758.5
Caseworkers (FAD)
187.5
Caseworkers (Kinship)
179.6
Caseworkers (Other Workers)
168.2
Supervisors
809.7
Program Directors/Administrators
191.9
Admin/Clerical
826.7
Case Aides
561.1
Other Staff
831.5
CPS Program Support
522.3
Total CPS Staff
8,931.3

Worker demographic

Turnover Rate  
25.2%
Agency Tenure Less than 1 Year
34.5%
1-3 Years
28.0%
Greater than 3 Years
37.5%
Entry Salary (INV)*  
$37,328.96
Entry Salary (Non INV)*  
$32,328.96
Average Age  
36.1
Race/Ethnicity African American
32.7%
Anglo
37.6%
Hispanic
28.1%
Other
1.6%

Supervisor Demographics

Turnover Rate
 
6.3%
Tenure as Supervisor
Less than 1 Year
24.2%
1-3 Years
20.0%
Greater than 3 Years
55.8%
Entry Salary*
 
$41,416.08
Average Age
 
41.3
Race/Ethnicity
African American
26.3%
Anglo
47.0%
Hispanic
24.9%
Other
1.7%

CPS Expenditures*

CPS Staff
$525,145,929
Purchased Client Services
$102,420,898
Foster Care Payments
$399,426,761
Adoption Subsidy Payments
$218,382,136
Permanency Care Assistance
$7,097,917
Relative/Other Designated Caregiver Reimbursement Program
$10,124,858
Other Client Services
$6,893,494
Total CPS Expenditures
$1,269,491,993

*Source: DFPS Office of Finance and FY2016-17 LAR (plus benefit replacement pay)

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 Next 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 2014

  • Texas State Child Population 7,266,760
  • Children, Alleged Victims 273,091
  • Children in Confirmed Investigations 106,318
  • Children Removed 17,378

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Child Protective Services Vision, Mission, and Values

CPS Vision: “Children First: Protected and Connected”

Mission

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 for completed investigations
    • School (18.6%)
  • Allegation confirmed
    • Neglectful Supervision (67.3%)
  • Confirmed perpetrator of abuse/neglect
    • Relationship: Parent (78.9%)
    • Gender: Female (56.6%)
    • Age: Age 26-35 (40.6%)
  • Characteristic of confirmed victim
    • Age: Age 1 to 3 (22.7%)
    • Gender: Female (51.1%)

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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 is 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.

NOTES ABOUT CPS DATA

Caseloads

Average daily caseloads are calculated using the methodology set forth by the Legislative Budget Board (LBB).  For each type of caseworker, (Investigation, Family-Based Safety Services, Substitute Care, Foster/Adoptive Home Development and Kinship), the LBB methodology counts the number of open stages.   Caseworkers may have more than one type of stage on their workload.

Intake and Investigation

  • An intake or investigation represents a report of abuse or neglect and can involve multiple children. 
  • The data on completed investigations does not include investigative stages that were administratively closed or merged into another investigation.
  • All completed investigations have a case disposition and a risk finding.
  • A case disposition reflects the finding on the allegations of abuse or neglect and can include any of the following:
    • Confirmed Investigations
      • Reason to believe – Based on preponderance of evidence, staff concluded that abuse or neglect occurred.
    • Unconfirmed Investigations
      • Ruled out - Staff determined, based on available information, 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.
  • A risk finding reflects whether there is a reasonable likelihood of abuse or neglect in the immediate or foreseeable future.  Only those investigations that are identified as risk indicated are eligible to be opened for family preservation or conservatorship services.

Children in DFPS Custody, Substitute Care and Foster Care

  • DFPS custody includes all children under the age of 18 over whom DFPS has legal custody, regardless of their placement.   This includes children living with relatives, in foster care or on a trial home visit with their parents. 
  • Substitute care includes all children who are living in a DFPS out of home placement.  It does not include children in DFPS custody who are living with their parents on a trial home visit.  But unless specifically noted, it does include youth over 18 who are in extended foster care but are not in DFPS custody (because they are legal adults). 
  • Foster care is a subset of substitute care and includes all children living in a verified foster care placement.  It includes children living with relatives who are verified foster parents but does not include children living with relative caregivers who have not been verified as foster parents.
  • Paid foster care is a subset of foster care and includes all children living in a verified foster care placement where the state is making foster care payments.

Race and Ethnicity

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

Page References for Data Related to Child Protective Services

Prevention and Early Intervention:

State and Region:  105-113, 115, 118, 120, 122
County:  244-249

Staff and Caseloads:

State and Region:  27, 30, 35-36

Cross Subject Summaries:

State and Region:  42, 56-57
County: 150-155, 181-183

Child Abuse and Neglect Reports and Investigations:

State and Region:  37-41
County: 138-143, 144-149, 156-161, 162-167

Child Abuse and Neglect Victims and Perpetrators:

State and Region:  42-45, 46
County: 156-161, 162-167, 168-173

Child Fatalities:

State and Region:   71
County: 174

Family-Based Safety Services:

State and Region:  45
County: 175-180, 181-183

Family Group Decision Making Services

Notes on data: 69
State and Region: 69-70

Removals

State and region: 48
County: 184-189, 190-195

Children and Youth in DFPS Custody, Substitute Care or Foster Care

            Number of Children and Youth:

State and Region: 49, 51, 52
County: 184-189

            Legal Status of Children in DFPS Legal Custody:

State: 52
County: 214-219

            Living Arrangements for Children and Youth in Substitute and Foster Care:

State and Region: 49, 53-54, 58-59
County: 184-189

            Characteristics of Children and Youth in Foster Care

State and Region: 50, 58-59, 60
County: 190-201

            Goals and Exits for Children and Youth

State and Region: 55, 61-62
County:  202-207, 208-213

            Paid Placements and Services

State and Region: 63-68, 115, 117, 119 (FCR), 120-122
County: 223-225, 226-231

Preparation for Adult Living Services

Notes on data: 70
State: 70

Race and ethnicity data:

State and Region: 42, 44, 46, 50, 58, 60
County: 132-137, 168-173, 190-195, 196-201

Residential Child Care Licensing:

Number and Type of Available Residential Child Care Licensing Placements, including foster care

State and Region: 55, 92-95
County: 220-222, 238-243

Inspections and Investigations of Residential Child Care Licensing Operations, including Foster Care Placements

State and Region: 96-103

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Texas Child Population Ages Birth through 17 Years
Fiscal Year 2014

State Total: 7,266,760

Region Child Pop Ages Birth - 17 Years
1 Lubbock
230,711
2 Abilene
131,517
3 Arlington
1,979,195
4 Tyler
277,731
5 Beaumont
188,473
6 Houston
1,797,315
7 Austin
818,321
8 San Antonio
731,727
9 Midland
158,368
10 El Paso
254,213
11 Edinburg
699,189
State Total
7,266,760

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 2014

State Total: 168,164

Region Completed Investigations
Region 1
6,885
Region 2
5,475
Region 3
42,229
Region 4
8,369
Region 5
6,239
Region 6
30,873
Region 7
21,323
Region 8
19,873
Region 9
4,613
Region 10
4,979
Region 11
17,274
Blank/Unknown
32
Total
168,164

Note: 32 investigations did not have the county designated.

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CPS Average Daily Caseload Fiscal Year 2014

Stage of Service
by Region
Investigation Family-based Safety Services Substitute Care Services Foster/Adoptive Home Development Kinship
1 Lubbock
19.9
14.5
32.2
19.4
30.1
2 Abilene
17.6
19.3
30.1
21.7
31.6
3 Arlington
18.3
15.3
32.3
16.8
34.7
4 Tyler
16.8
16.6
28.3
22.6
28.7
5 Beaumont
17.9
11.8
27.5
25.8
40.1
6 Houston
21.0
17.3
26.7
16.4
34.9
7 Austin
24.0
14.7
34.2
20.2
35.6
8 San Antonio
19.2
16.8
33.3
23.9
24.2
9 Midland
19.9
15.0
37.4
18.6
59.7
10 El Paso
17.5
17.8
31.3
23.6
32.1
11 Edinburg
18.9
12.9
32.6
13.1
19.8
State
19.5
15.6
31.1
19.5
32.1

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CPS Average Daily Caseload Fiscal Year 2013

Stage of Service
by Region
Investigation Family-based Safety Services Substitute Care Services Foster/Adoptive Home Development Kinship
1 Lubbock
18.7
14.7
34.3
21.8
64.3
2 Abilene
23.8
16.2
28.9
20.1
44.8
3 Arlington
18.5
13.9
31.8
19.2
51.4
4 Tyler
18.1
12.1
32.8
19.1
82.2
5 Beaumont
19.4
14.8
32.2
32.4
80.5
6 Houston
21.5
15.1
27.8
17.2
48.8
7 Austin
21.2
18.6
33.5
20.7
48.2
8 San Antonio
17.9
17.1
34.6
22.5
34.0
9 Midland
24.4
17.0
39.1
23.4
62.8
10 El Paso
19.9
13.7
25.4
22.8
45.7
11 Edinburg
21.1
14.7
32.7
16.4
20.8
State
19.9
15.1
31.8
20.5
48.6

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CPS Total Initial Intakes and Screened Out Cases
Fiscal Year 2014

Total Initial Intakes

Total Initial Intakes Number Percentage
PN
7,439
2.9%
P1
73,285
28.8%
P2
173,552
68.3%
Total
254,276
100%

Total P2 Intakes

Total P2 Intakes Number Percentage
Not eligible for screening
100,266
57.8%
Eligible and assigned to Screeners
73,286
42.2%
Total
173,552
100%

Eligible and assigned to Screeners

Eligible and Assigned to Screeners Number Percentage
Advanced to Investigation Stage
55,449
75.7%
Screened Out (P2 to PN)
17,837
24.3%
Total
73,286
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 or it involves past abuse/neglect. As of Feb. 1 2013, all PNs are being formally screened.

Risk Assessment Finding of Completed Child Abuse/Neglect Investigations
Fiscal Year 2014

Disposition of Investigation Confirmed Unconfirmed State Total
No Significant Risk Identified
62
8,125
8,187
No Significant Risk Identified (Percent)
0.2%
6.4%
4.9%
Risk Controlled
17,586
83,148
100,734
Risk Controlled (Percent)
43.6%
65.1%
59.9%
Risk Indicated
22,550
6,890
29,440
Risk Indicated (Percent)
55.9%
5.4%
17.5%
Risk Not Applicable Blank/ Invalid
171
29,632
29,803
Risk Not Applicable Blank/Invalid (Percent)
0.4%
23.2%
17.7%
Total
40,369
127,795
168,164

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

Fiscal Year Completed Investigations Family Violence Indicated Family Violence Not Indicated
2011
175,421
56,068
119,353
2012
166,211
53,705
112,505
2013
160,240
55,754
104,486
2014
168,164
57,624
110,540

* 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 2014

Case Action for Risk Indicated Completed Investigations Count Percentage
Open to Services
27,796
94.4%
Not Open to Services
1,644
5.6%
Total
29,440
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. Reasons for an investigation to be risk indicated but not opened for ongoing services include the family was unwilling to participate in family preservation services and formal legal intervention was not an option, or the family moved and, despite CPS' best efforts, CPS could not locate them to provide services.

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.

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

Sources FY2012 Number FY2012 Percent FY2013 Number FY2013 Percent FY2014 Number FY2014 Percent
 
Medical Personnel
33,787
16.9%
33,464
17.6%
35,111
17.5%
 
School
35,100
17.6%
33,146
17.5%
37,440
18.6%
 
Law Enforcement
31,949
16.0%
30,853
16.3%
32,070
16.0%
 
Relative
23,386
11.7%
21,408
11.3%
22,525
11.2%
 
Parent
16,267
8.2%
15,329
8.1%
16,211
8.1%
 
Other
14,577
7.3%
13,482
7.1%
14,273
7.1%
 
Friend-Neighbor
12,638
6.3%
11,601
6.1%
11,264
5.6%
 
Anonymous
10,751
5.4%
10,214
5.4%
10,876
5.4%
 
Community Agency
6,647
3.3%
6,237
3.3%
6,551
3.2%
 
DFPS Staff
5,804
2.9%
5,688
3.0%
5,583
2.8%
 
Legal/Court
2,500
1.3%
2,323
1.2%
2,739
1.3%
 
Day Care Provider
1,804
0.9%
1,769
0.9%
1,772
0.9%
 
Parent's Paramour
960
0.5%
902
0.5%
968
0.5%
 
State Agency
789
0.4%
809
0.4%
998
0.5%
 
Provider
706
0.4%
771
0.4%
750
0.4%
 
Victim
560
0.3%
507
0.3%
532
0.3%
 
Unrelated Home Member
451
0.2%
434
0.2%
463
0.2%
 
Religious Entity
338
0.2%
390
0.2%
348
0.2%
 
24 Hour Care Provider
280
0.1%
277
0.1%
280
0.1%
 
Institutional Personnel
148
0.1%
121
0.1%
141
0.1%
 
Blank/Unknown
18
0.0%
10
0.0%
14
0.0%
 
Financial Institution
14
0.0%
13
0.0%
12
0.0%
State Total 
199,474
100%
189,748
100%
200,921
100%

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

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Number of Child Abuse/Neglect Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Total Completed Investigations Confirmed Investigations % Confirmed Investigations Ruled Out Investigations Unable To Determine Investigations Unable To Complete Investigations Total Unconfirmed Investigations % Unconfirmed Investigations
1 Lubbock
6,885
2,061
29.9%
4,105
544
175
4,824
70.1%
2 Abilene
5,475
1,627
29.7%
3,268
517
63
3,848
70.3%
3 Arlington
42,229
11,203
26.5%
24,055
6,063
908
31,026
73.5%
4 Tyler
8,369
2,257
27.0%
5,158
791
163
6,112
73.0%
5 Beaumont
6,239
1,369
21.9%
4,161
605
104
4,870
78.1%
6 Houston
30,873
5,901
19.1%
20,459
3,433
1,080
24,972
80.9%
7 Austin
21,323
4,752
22.3%
15,102
1,198
271
16,571
77.7%
8 San Antonio
19,873
4,660
23.4%
13,756
1,307
150
15,213
76.6%
9 Midland
4,613
1,224
26.5%
2,964
326
99
3,389
73.5%
10 El Paso
4,979
1,339
26.9%
3,124
453
63
3,640
73.1%
11 Edinburg
17,274
3,970
23.0%
11,631
1,383
290
13,304
77.0%
Unknown
32
6
18.8%
14
2
10
26
81.3%
State
168,164
40,369
24.0%
107,797
16,622
3,376
127,795
76.0%

Case Action for Families In Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Not Opened To Services Family Preservation Family Substitute Care* Total
1 Lubbock
5,518
1,010
357
6,885
2 Abilene
4,266
963
246
5,475
3 Arlington
35,738
4,442
2,049
42,229
4 Tyler
7,091
716
562
8,369
5 Beaumont
5,604
327
308
6,239
6 Houston
26,172
3,427
1,274
30,873
7 Austin
18,841
1,249
1,233
21,323
8 San Antonio
15,805
2,964
1,104
19,873
9 Midland
3,750
606
257
4,613
10 El Paso
4,046
822
111
4,979
11 Edinburg
13,506
3,191
577
17,274
Other
31
0
1
32
State
140,368
19,717
8,079
168,164

*Investigations that resulted in at least one child (not necessarily all children in the home) being removed.
Does not equal number of children removed.

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Children in Cases Opened for Services as a Result of a Completed Investigation
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Family Preservation % Family Preservation Family Substitute Care* Total
1 Lubbock
2,685
74.6%
914
3,599
2 Abilene
2,500
80.7%
599
3,099
3 Arlington
11,639
68.7%
5,305
16,944
4 Tyler
1,805
56.1%
1,415
3,220
5 Beaumont
858
53.3%
751
1,609
6 Houston
9,578
74.4%
3,298
12,876
7 Austin
3,303
50.2%
3,272
6,575
8 San Antonio
8,173
72.1%
3,161
11,334
9 Midland
1,569
72.1%
608
2,177
10 El Paso
2,247
88.4%
295
2,542
11 Edinburg
9,733
85.1%
1,699
11,432
Other
0
0.0%
1
1
Total
54,090
71.7%
21,318
75,408

*Includes all children in the case regardless of victimization. Does not equal the number of children removed.

Point Prevalence* Rate of Child Abuse/Neglect per 1,000 Children in Texas Population per Region
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Confirmed Rate Alleged Rate
1 Lubbock
16.0
50.2
2 Abilene
20.7
69.3
3 Arlington
9.3
34.4
4 Tyler
13.3
49.3
5 Beaumont
11.6
53.2
6 Houston
5.0
26.9
7 Austin
9.2
41.2
8 San Antonio
10.9
44.9
9 Midland
12.9
47.2
10 El Paso
9.1
32.3
11 Edinburg
10.1
42.8
State
9.2
37.6

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

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Confirmed Allegations of Child Abuse/Neglect by Type of Abuse
Fiscal Year 2014

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
667
293
38
7
73
351
2 Abilene
427
180
29
11
49
233
3 Arlington
3,409
1,422
82
42
416
1,198
4 Tyler
692
257
20
12
102
340
5 Beaumont
411
148
6
7
50
234
6 Houston
1,823
949
61
47
298
695
7 Austin
1,086
606
35
16
125
328
8 San Antonio
1,157
613
44
19
204
554
9 Midland
424
176
37
6
82
217
10 El Paso
379
166
23
0
70
186
11 Edinburg
1,037
750
56
12
230
521
Unknown
2
3
0
0
0
0
State Total
11,514
5,563
431
179
1,699
4,857

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
2,914
22
4,365
5.8%
3,702
2 Abilene
2,160
24
3,113
4.2%
2,721
3 Arlington
14,139
164
20,872
27.5%
18,318
4 Tyler
2,967
35
4,425
5.8%
3,696
5 Beaumont
1,661
17
2,534
3.3%
2,183
6 Houston
6,305
102
10,280
13.5%
9,020
7 Austin
5,984
86
8,266
10.9%
7,509
8 San Antonio
6,271
56
8,918
11.7%
8,012
9 Midland
1,540
10
2,492
3.3%
2,038
10 El Paso
1,830
16
2,670
3.5%
2,313
11 Edinburg
5,419
58
8,083
10.6%
7,050
Unknown
7
0
12
0.0%
10
State Total
51,197
590
76,030
100.00%
66,572

* Victims have been unduplicated by investigation stage.

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Race/Ethnicity* by Selected CPS Statistics Compared to Texas Child Population
Fiscal Year 2014

Race/Ethnicity of Selected CPS Statistics Compared to Texas Child Population Total African American Anglo Hispanic Native American Other
Texas Child Population
7,266,760
835,497
2,343,432
3,610,544
20,500
456,787
Percent
11.5%
32.2%
49.7%
0.3%
6.3%
CPS Confirmed Victims
66,572
11,180
21,978
29,266
87
4,061
Percent
16.8%
33.0%
44.0%
0.1%
6.1%
Number of Removals**
17,378
3,021
5,864
7,403
19
1,071
Percent
17.4%
33.7%
42.6%
0.1%
6.2%
Children Opened for Service***
75,408
12,320
21,115
37,350
74
4,549
Percent
16.4%
28.0%
49.5%
0.1%
6.0%

Ethnicity of Children Awaiting Adoption on August 31, 2014 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
6,595
1,527
1,899
2,779
5
385
Percent
23.2%
28.8%
42.1%
0.1%
5.8%
State median Time Waiting for Adoption
10.5
12.5
8.6
10.5
12.2
9.4

* 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 2014

State Total: 66,572

Region Confirmed Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
1 Lubbock
3,702
2 Abilene
2,721
3 Arlington
18,318
4 Tyler
3,696
5 Beaumont
2,183
6 Houston
9,020
7 Austin
7,509
8 San Antonio
8,012
9 Midland
2,038
10 El Paso
2,313
11 Edinburg
7,050
Blank or Invalid
10
State Total
66,572

10 confirmed victims did not have a county designated.

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Profile of Confirmed Child Abuse/Neglect Victims*
Fiscal Year 2014

Age: Under 1

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
1,627
1,079
1,867
4
9
421
5,007
Male
1,885
1,180
2,076
9
23
426
5,599
Unknown
11
8
12
0
0
10
41
Total
3,523
2,267
3,955
13
32
857
10,647

Age: 1-3 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
2,360
1,173
3,267
6
30
427
7,263
Male
2,587
1,322
3,327
9
35
521
7,801
Unknown
13
8
20
0
1
13
55
Total
4,960
2,503
6,614
15
66
961
15,119

Age: 4-6 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
2,198
1,151
3,071
6
32
359
6,817
Male
2,247
1,094
3,182
7
32
370
6,932
Unknown
4
3
9
0
0
5
21
Total
4,449
2,248
6,262
13
64
734
13,770

Age: 7-9 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
1,745
776
2,450
10
30
231
5,242
Male
1,731
862
2,379
9
30
262
5,273
Unknown
8
3
5
0
0
2
18
Total
3,484
1,641
4,834
19
60
495
10,533

Age: 10-12 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
1,322
597
2,055
5
22
182
4,183
Male
1,223
589
1,538
5
16
146
3,517
Unknown
1
2
5
0
0
0
8
Total
2,546
1,188
3,598
10
38
328
7,708

Age: 13-17 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
1,835
803
2,606
13
33
226
5,516
Male
1,176
522
1,389
4
17
142
3,250
Unknown
1
1
3
0
0
3
8
Total
3,012
1,326
3,998
17
50
371
8,774

Age Unknown

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
2
3
2
0
0
2
9
Male
1
3
3
0
1
0
8
Unknown
1
1
0
0
0
2
4
Total
4
7
5
0
1
4
21

Total Victims

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
11,089
5,582
15,318
44
156
1,848
34,037
Male
10,850
5,572
13,894
43
154
1,867
32,380
Unknown
39
26
54
0
1
35
155
Grand Total
21,978
11,180
29,266
87
311
3,750
66,572

* 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 2014

Region Alleged Victims Unconfirmed Victims Confirmed Victims Percent Confirmed
1 Lubbock
11,590
7,888
3,702
31.9%
2 Abilene
9,119
6,398
2,721
29.8%
3 Arlington
68,023
49,705
18,318
26.9%
4 Tyler
13,692
9,996
3,696
27.0%
5 Beaumont
10,028
7,845
2,183
21.8%
6 Houston
48,398
39,378
9,020
18.6%
7 Austin
33,723
26,214
7,509
22.3%
8 San Antonio
32,841
24,829
8,012
24.4%
9 Midland
7,473
5,435
2,038
27.3%
10 El Paso
8,219
5,906
2,313
28.1%
11 Edinburg
29,934
22,884
7,050
23.6%
Out of State
51
41
10
19.6%
State
273,091
206,519
66,572
24.4%

Annual Number of Families Receiving Family Preservation Services Fiscal Year 2014

Region Number of Families Number of Children Children Removed From Home Percent of Children Removed
1 Lubbock
1,707
4,524
272
6.0%
2 Abilene
1,313
3,366
122
3.6%
3 Arlington
6,484
17,128
663
3.9%
4 Tyler
1,208
3,141
233
7.4%
5 Beaumont
552
1,470
142
9.7%
6 Houston
5,823
17,035
617
3.6%
7 Austin
2,084
5,535
375
6.8%
8 San Antonio
4,516
12,891
1,091
8.5%
9 Midland
861
2,298
164
7.1%
10 El Paso
1,184
3,245
140
4.3%
11 Edinburg
4,897
15,039
528
3.5%
Out of State
5
22
1
4.5%
Total
30,634
85,694
4,348
5.1%

NOTE: 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 where the caregiver retains legal custody.

*Children removed from home during Family Preservation. Does not equal total children removed during fiscal year.

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Characteristics Of Perpetrators In Confirmed Investigations of Child Abuse/Neglect
Fiscal Year 2014

Perpetrator Characteristic: Age

Age Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Age Total Percent of Total
Under 18
592
1.1%
1,414
2.6%
5
0.0%
2,011
3.7%
18-25
10,211
19.0%
5,280
9.8%
13
0.0%
15,504
28.8%
26-35
12,889
23.9%
8,956
16.6%
25
0.1%
21,870
40.6%
36-45
4,753
8.8%
4,838
9.0%
12
0.0%
9,603
17.8%
Over 45
2,059
3.8%
2,827
5.3%
8
0.0%
4,894
9.1%
Invalid
1
0.0%
15
0.0%
18
0.0%
34
0.0%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Marital Status

Marital Status Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Marital Status Percent of Total
Married
6,960
12.9%
7,251
13.5%
10
0.0%
14,221
26.4%
Widowed
272
0.5%
141
0.3%
0
0.0%
413
0.8%
Separated
1,750
3.3%
1,186
2.2%
3
0.0%
2,939
5.5%
Divorced
2,084
3.9%
1,297
2.4%
2
0.0%
3,383
6.3%
Single
10,898
20.2%
5,678
10.5%
10
0.0%
16,586
30.7%
Unknown
7,875
14.6%
6,275
11.6%
55
0.1%
14,205
26.3%
Not Applicable (Under 18)
666
1.2%
1,502
2.8%
1
0.0%
2,169
4.0%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Anglo
13,088
24.3%
8,611
16.0%
20
0.0%
21,719
40.3%
African American
5,492
10.2%
4,056
7.5%
5
0.0%
9,553
17.7%
Hispanic
10,879
20.2%
9,418
17.5%
15
0.0%
20,312
37.7%
Native American
58
0.1%
21
0.0%
0
0.0%
79
0.1%
Asian
163
0.3%
148
0.3%
0
0.0%
311
0.6%
Other
825
1.5%
1,076
2.0%
41
0.1%
1,942
3.6%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Relation to Oldest Victim

Relation to Oldest Victim Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Relationship Total Percent of Total
Parent
27,335
50.7%
15,204
28.2%
31
0.0%
42,570
78.9%
Grandparent
1,334
2.5%
811
1.5%
4
0.0%
2,149
4.0%
Sibling/Other Relative
379
0.7%
1,799
3.3%
2
0.0%
2,180
4.0%
Aunt/Uncle
529
1.0%
1,007
1.9%
1
0.0%
1,537
2.9%
Parent's Paramour
379
0.7%
3,452
6.4%
3
0.0%
3,834
7.1%
Other 
549
1.0%
1,057
2.0%
40
0.1%
1,646
3.1%

Total Perpetrators

Total FY13 Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Total Perpetrators
30,505
56.6%
23,330
43.3%
81
0.1%
53,916
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 in Foster Care by County During
Fiscal Year 2014

State Total: 31,176

Region Children in Foster Care
1 Lubbock
1,779
2 Abilene
958
3 Arlington
6,937
4 Tyler
1,883
5 Beaumont
1,121
6 Houston
5,707
7 Austin
3,423
8 San Antonio
4,816
9 Midland
1,097
10 El Paso
655
11 Edinburg
2,800
Total
31,176

Children in Foster Care by County During
Fiscal Year 2014 by County

State Total: 30, 740

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Number of Children Removed from Home Investigation by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year As a Result of an Investigation From an Open Service Stage* Total
2010
11,266
5,081
16,347
2011
12,148
4,960
17,108
2012
12,538
4,434
16,972
2013
12,629
4,393
17,022
2014
13,175
4,203
17,378

*Removals from open service stages includes Family Preservation, Family Substitute Care 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 per 1,000
Children in Texas Population by Region
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Point Prevalence*
1 Lubbock
3.7
2 Abilene
3.3
3 Arlington
2.0
4 Tyler
4.6
5 Beaumont
3.5
6 Houston
1.5
7 Austin
3.0
8 San Antonio
3.6
9 Midland
3.4
10 El Paso
1.2
11 Edinburg
2.2
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 28,523 children in DFPS substitute care on August 31, 2014:

16,961 children were in Foster Care.

11,562 children were in other types of Substitute Care

… of the 16,961 children who were in Foster Care

  • 11,882 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. 695 of these children were placed in Kinship Verified Foster Homes.
  • 1,582 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. 400 of these children were place in Kinship Verified Foster Homes.
  • 755 children were placed in Basic Child Care. These are typically cottage and campus type settings meeting basic child needs.
  • 1,635 children were placed in Residential Treatment Centers. An RTC is a very structured setting for children with serious emotional disturbance or mental health issues.
  • 640 children were placed in Emergency Shelters. These are intended for stays of less than 30 days.
  • 467 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 11,562 children in other types of Substitute Care

  • 10,415 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.
  • 485 children were in pending adoptions in CPA Adoptive Homes.
  • 197 children were in pending adoptions in DFPS Adoptive Homes.
  • 465 children were placed in Other Substitute Care which includes independent living programs, unauthorized absences and court ordered placements.

Notes

A. The 28,523 children includes 615 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 30,153 children in DFPS legal responsibility. 2,245 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 On August 31 By Fiscal Year

Characteristic: Age

Age Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent Aug 2013 Number Aug 2013 Percent Aug 2014 Number Aug 2014 Percent
Birth - 2
3,797
22.1%
3,614
21.6%
3,634
21.8%
3,882
22.9%
3-5
2,903
16.9%
2,766
16.6%
2,837
17.0%
2,851
16.8%
6-9
2,948
17.2%
2,948
17.7%
3,050
18.3%
3,221
19.0%
10-13
2,972
17.3%
2,820
16.9%
2,774
16.6%
2,778
16.4%
14-17
3,976
23.1%
3,947
23.6%
3,747
22.5%
3,614
21.3%
18-21
587
3.4%
602
3.6%
634
3.8%
615
3.6%

Characteristic: Gender

Gender Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent Aug 2013 Number Aug 2013 Percent Aug 2014 Number Aug 2014 Percent
Male
9,308
54.2%
9,030
54.1%
8,886
53.3%
9,033
53.3%
Female
7,874
45.8%
7,667
45.9%
7,790
46.7%
7,928
46.7%
Unknown
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%

Characteristic: Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent Aug 2013 Number Aug 2013 Percent Aug 2014 Number Aug 2014 Percent
Anglo
5,044
29.3%
5,048
30.3%
4,970
29.8%
5,333
31.4%
African American
4,126
24.0%
3,825
22.9%
3,858
23.1%
3,670
21.6%
Hispanic
6,995
40.7%
6,813
40.8%
6,882
41.3%
6,952
41.0%
Native American
31
0.2%
22
0.1%
17
0.1%
17
0.1%
Asian
44
0.3%
38
0.2%
47
0.3%
42
0.3%
Other
943
5.5%
951
5.7%
902
5.4%
947
5.6%

Totals

Totals of Characteristics Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent Aug 2013 Number Aug 2013 Percent Aug 2014 Number Aug 2014 Percent
Total
17,183
100%
16,697
100%
16,676
100%
16,961
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 Prevalence* for Children in Substitute Care per 1,000 Children in Texas Population by Region
on August 31, 2014

Region Point Prevalence*
1 Lubbock
6.7
2 Abilene
5.7
3 Arlington
3.0
4 Tyler
6.2
5 Beaumont
4.9
6 Houston
2.9
7 Austin
4.1
8 San Antonio
6.4
9 Midland
7.0
10 El Paso
1.8
11 Edinburg
3.2
State
3.8

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

Legal Status of Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility on August 31, by Fiscal Year

Legal Status 2012 Count 2012 Percent 2013 Count 2013 Percent 2014 Count 2014 Percent
Care, Custody & Control*
49
0.2%
65
0.2%
55
0.2%
Temporary Managing Conservatorship**
17,332
58.2%
17,572
59.5%
18,214
60.4%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Not Terminated
2,863
9.6%
2,732
9.3%
2,829
9.4%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Terminated (ALL)
9,105
30.6%
8,772
29.7%
8,695
28.8%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Terminated (One Parent)
400
1.3%
366
1.2%
341
1.1%
Possessory Conservatorship****
26
0.1%
16
0.1%
19
0.1%
Total
29,775
100%
29,523
100%
30,153
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 a court-ordered legal relationship between a child and a parent or nonparent. If a judge appoints DFPS as temporary managing conservator, the court will order DFPS to exercise specific rights and duties, which include but are not limited to the right to have physical possession of the child, the duty of care, control, and protection of the child, the right to designate the primary residence of the child, and the right to make decisions concerning the child's health-care and education. Generally, TMC continues for up to 12 to 18 months at which time the judge issues a final order returning the child home, appointing an individual or DFPS as a Permanent Managing Conservator, and/or terminating parental rights thereby making the child eligible for adoption.

*** Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC) - is the status a court awards to DFPS in a final order. DFPS can be awarded PMC with or without termination of the rights of the child's parents. The rights and duties of a PMC are typically the same as those of the TMC; however, as the PMC, DFPS continues to exercise those rights until the child is adopted, until PMC is transferred to a suitable individual, or the child becomes a legal adult at age 18.

**** Possessory Conservatorship - Although uncommon, DFPS may be appointed Possessory Conservator (PC) in certain situations. As Possessory Conservator, DFPS has more limited rights and duties with respect to the child, as enumerated in the court's order naming DFPS as possessory conservator.

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Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility, in Substitute Care
or in Foster Care Placements on August 31, 2014

Region DFPS Legal Responsibility Substitute Care Foster Care*
1 Lubbock
1,719
1,582
1,038
2 Abilene
843
765
533
3 Arlington
6,405
6,003
3,679
4 Tyler
1,845
1,753
1,026
5 Beaumont
1,009
941
612
6 Houston
5,555
5,381
3,203
7 Austin
3,639
3,437
1,738
8 San Antonio
4,998
4,796
2,647
9 Midland
1,189
1,127
656
10 El Paso
520
482
342
11 Edinburg
2,431
2,256
1,487
State
30,153
28,523
16,961

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

* Foster Care is a subset of Substitute Care

Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility, in Substitute Care
or in Foster Care Placements During Fiscal Year

Region DFPS Legal Responsibility Substitute Care Foster Care*
1 Lubbock
2,545
2,469
1,779
2 Abilene
1,249
1,211
958
3 Arlington
9,976
9,683
6,937
4 Tyler
2,984
2,875
1,883
5 Beaumont
1,477
1,438
1,121
6 Houston
8,568
8,408
5,707
7 Austin
5,865
5,677
3,423
8 San Antonio
7,766
7,610
4,816
9 Midland
1,749
1,703
1,097
10 El Paso
870
842
655
11 Edinburg
3,774
3,709
2,800
State
46,823
45,625
31,176

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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Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility by Living Arrangement on August 31, by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year Non-Foster Care Foster Care Total % Change
2011
13,608
16,596
30,204
4.5%
2012
13,680
16,095
29,775
-1.4%
2013
13,481
16,042
29,523
-0.8%
2014
13,807
16,346
30,153
2.1%

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 on August 31, by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year Total Non-Foster Care Other* Adoption Relative Own Home
2011
13,608
543
868
9,858
2,339
2012
13,680
484
756
9,982
2,458
2013
13,481
465
722
10,059
2,235
2014
13,807
465
682
10,415
2,245

* 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
on August 31, 2014

Region CPA Foster - Group Homes & Independent Homes DFPS Foster & Foster Group Homes DFPS Adoptive Homes Private Adoptive Homes Kinship
1 Lubbock
555
166
6
32
475
2 Abilene
386
24
0
5
216
3 Arlington
2,792
313
19
76
2,135
4 Tyler
592
171
11
21
676
5 Beaumont
315
189
6
11
293
6 Houston
2,329
195
76
240
1,789
7 Austin
1,117
217
27
24
1,603
8 San Antonio
1,673
144
28
47
1,970
9 Midland
475
16
7
15
431
10 El Paso
213
54
3
6
123
11 Edinburg
1,116
82
14
8
704
Out of State
0
0
0
0
0
Total
11,563
1,571
197
485
10,415
Region General Residential Operation Emergency Shelters Residential Treatment Other** Total
1 Lubbock
130
30
110
50
1,554
2 Abilene
6
23
74
15
749
3 Arlington
83
73
237
160
5,888
4 Tyler
67
37
97
49
1,721
5 Beaumont
33
15
36
28
926
6 Houston
50
70
342
133
5,224
7 Austin
34
49
218
81
3,370
8 San Antonio
220
187
255
157
4,681
9 Midland
21
46
67
33
1,111
10 El Paso
8
8
37
18
470
11 Edinburg
39
82
113
56
2,214
Out of State
0
0
0
0
0
Total
691
620
1,586
780
27,908

*Excludes 615 young adults over 18 who have aged out of DFPS conservatorship but remain in DFPS care.

** Other living arrangements types include: Camps, maternity homes, hospitals, juvenile detention, ICF-IID, HSC homes, state schools, hospitals, independent living programs, unauthorized absences, and court ordered placements.

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Permanency Goal of Children in Substitute Care for Whom DFPS had Legal Responsibility on August 31, 2014

Total Children: 22,110

Goal Count Percent
Adoption
11,102
50.2%
Reunification
7,767
35.1%
Permanent Placement with Relatives and Other Caregivers
2,253
10.2%
Alternative Long Term Living
463
2.1%
Adult Living
525
2.4%
Total Children
22,110
100.0%

Number of DFPS Foster, Foster/Adoptive and Adoptive Homes
on August 31, 2014

Region Foster Homes* Foster/Adoptive Homes** Adoptive Homes***
1 Lubbock
3
109
15
2 Abilene
0
15
6
3 Arlington
31
192
66
4 Tyler
5
100
35
5 Beaumont
14
108
22
6 Houston
21
160
95
7 Austin
11
130
106
8 San Antonio
4
98
203
9 Midland
0
1
14
10 El Paso
1
32
11
11 Edinburg
4
35
25
Out of State
42
77
9
Total
136
1,057
607

* Includes 67 verified kinship homes.
** Includes 3 legal risk homes and 354 verified kinship homes.
*** This number does not include homes open only for receipt of adoption subsidy.

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CPS Outcomes Based on Data from Fiscal Year 2014

Child Safety

  • Percent of children who remained safe in substitute care (children in care during FY14 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%

Initial Placement Stability

Percentage of children in substitute care 12 months or less with 2 or fewer placements 84.3%

Family Preservation

(measured from start of services to end of services)
Average length of Service 7.4 months

Family Reunification

  • (measured from removal to adoption consummation)
  • Percent of children returned to own home 30.7%
  • Average number of placements per child 1.9 placements
  • Average length of service 13.2 months
  • Median length of service 12.2 months
  • Percentage of children reunified with family, with DFPS conservatorship terminated, within 12 months of removal 62.1%

Adoption Services

  • (measured from removal to adoption consummation)
  • Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility with an adoption consummation 30.6%
  • Average number of placements per child 2.6 placements
  • Average length of service 28.7 months
  • From removal to final order 13.8 months
  • From final order to adoptive placement 13.6 months
  • From placement to adoption consummated 1.3 months
  • Median length of service 24.2 months
  • Percentage of children adopted within 24 months of removal 49.0%

Relative as Permanent Managing Conservator

  • (measured from removal to date Relative takes legal custody as Permanent Managing Conservator)
  • Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility to a relative placement 30.1%
  • Average number of placements 1.9 placements
  • Average length of service 14.4 months
  • Median length of service 11.7 months

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CPS Outcomes Based on Data from Fiscal Year 2014

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 7.4%
Average number of placements 6.4 placements
Average length of service 54.0 months
Median length of service 38.9. months

Other Long-term Substitute Care

(measured from removal to date DFPS legal responsibility ended. Included children/youth who left DFPS legal responsibility due to one of the following reasons: runaway, death, an individual taking legal custody that is not included in one of the other exit categories, and transfer to another state agency.)
Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility 1.2%
Average number of placements 1.5 placements
Average length of service 13.2 months
Median length of service 6.0 months

Fiscal Year 2014 Recidivism Outcomes

Percentage of children re-entering foster care within 12 months of discharge from a previous episode of foster care. 5.7%

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) 8.0%

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) 16.1%

Length of Time in Substitute Care for children in DFPS Custody on August 31, 2014

  • Average length of service for children in temporary managing conservatorship: 6.9 months
  • Median length of service for children in temporary managing conservatorship: 5.8 months
  • Average length of service for children in permanent managing conservatorship: 37.0 months
  • Median length of service for children in permanent managing conservatorship: 25.6 months

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Children Placed in Adoptive Homes by Region
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Number of Placements
1 Lubbock
298
2 Abilene
87
3 Arlington
913
4 Tyler
260
5 Beaumont
130
6 Houston
1,042
7 Austin
669
8 San Antonio
1,354
9 Midland
210
10 El Paso
114
11 Edinburg
154
State Total
5,231
Total Unique Children
5,224

Demographics of 5,224 Children in Adoptive Homes
Fiscal Year 2014

Age

Age Count Percent
Under 1 year
82
1.6%
1 - 5 years
2,933
56.1%
6 - 12 years
1,718
32.9%
13 years and over
491
9.4%
Total
5,224
100.0%

Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Count Percent
Anglo
1,438
27.5%
African American
1,110
21.2%
Hispanic
2,341
44.8%
Native American
3
0.1%
Asian
11
0.2%
Other
321
6.1%
Total
5,224
100.0%

Child Characteristics

Child Characteristics Count Percent
Disabling Condition
1,623
31.1%
No Special Characteristics
3,601
68.9%
Total
5,224
100.0%

Sex

Sex Count Percent
Female
2,571
49.2%
Male
2,653
50.8%
Total
5,224
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. 

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Children with Disabling Conditions Placed in Adoptive Homes Fiscal Year 2014

Total number of children placed in adoptive homes: 5,224

Number of unique children with disabling conditions placed in adoptive homes: 1,623

Disabling Condition Percentage of all Children Placed in Adoptive Homes Number of children with Disabling condition
Learning Disabilities
13.8%
720
Drug/Alcohol*
13.2%
692
Emotionally Disturbed
7.7%
402
Medically Involved
5.1%
267
Physical
0.9%
48
Other**
0.1%
4

* 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 2011 Count 2011 Percent 2012 Count 2012 Percent 2013 Count 2013 Percent 2014 Count 2014 Percent
DFPS
2,563
55.3%
2,823
56.0%
2,770
51.6%
2,337
45.2%
Non DFPS*
2,072
44.7%
2,217
44.0%
2,594
48.4%
2,838
54.8%
Total Consummations
4,635
5,040
5,364
5,175

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

Children in Consummated Adoptions by Region
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Adoptions Consummated
1 Lubbock
288
2 Abilene
87
3 Arlington
961
4 Tyler
277
5 Beaumont
131
6 Houston
960
7 Austin
679
8 San Antonio
1,352
9 Midland
184
10 El Paso
104
11 Edinburg
152
Total Unique Children
5,175

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Demographics of 5,175 Children in Consummated Adoptions
Fiscal Year 2014

Age

Age Count Percent
Under 1 year
69
1.3%
1 - 5 years
2,848
55.0%
6 - 12 years
1,758
34.0%
13 years and over
500
9.7%
Total
5,175
100%

Gender

Gender Count Percent
Male
2,661
51.4%
Female
2,514
48.6%
Total
5,175
100%

Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Count Percent
Anglo
1,426
27.6%
African American
1,093
21.1%
Hispanic
2,330
45.0%
Native American
3
0.1%
Asian
13
0.2%
Other
310
6.0%
Total
5,175
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 for Adoptions Consummated by Fiscal Year

Legal Status 2011 Number 2011 Percent 2012 Number 2012 Percent 2013 Number 2013 Percent 2014 Number 2014 Percent
Race/Ethnicity of parent(s) is same as child
2,718
58.6%
3,071
60.9%
3,295
61.4%
3,141
60.7%
Race/Ethnicity of one or both parents differs from child's (Multiracial)**
1917
41.4%
1,969
39.1%
2,069
38.6%
2,034
39.3%
Total Adoptions
4,635
100%
5,040
100%
5,364
100%
5,175
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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Status of Children Who Exited DFPS Legal Custody
Fiscal Year 2014

Total Children: 16,912

Outcome Count Percent
Family Reunification
5,192
30.7%
Custody to Relatives with PCA
601
3.6%
Custody to Relatives without PCA
4,488
26.5%
Relative Adoption Consummated
2,528
14.9%
Non-Relative Adoption Consummated
2,647
15.7%
Children Emancipated*
1,246
7.4%
Other**
210
1.2%
State
16,912
100.0%

* Of the 1,246 youth emancipated in FY14, 929 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 Who Exited DFPS Custody by Type of Exit and Region
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Family Reunification Relative Care With PCA Relative Care Without PCA Adoption by Relative Adoption by Non-Relative Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Lubbock (1)
15.1
34.4
16.5
29.1
31.3
66.8
30.9
Abilene (2)
14.6
24.2
16.3
30.9
30.2
55.3
17.0
Arlington (3)
12.9
27.0
12.2
24.9
28.2
49.0
9.9
Tyler (4)
12.5
21.2
9.8
24.0
30.1
54.2
11.8
Beaumont (5)
11.2
21.4
12.7
23.7
29.3
71.6
9.0
Houston (6)
13.7
22.3
15.5
32.5
34.9
61.3
13.8
Austin (7)
12.2
23.2
12.1
25.8
29.6
47.3
14.4
San Antonio (8)
14.6
23.7
13.7
23.3
28.0
49.1
7.2
Midland (9)
14.2
29.2
16.1
27.9
33.9
50.2
14.7
El Paso (10)
12.0
23.3
12.0
25.8
32.3
53.2
1.5
Edinburg (11)
12.7
19.6
11.7
30.4
51.1
50.5
10.6
State
13.2
24.2
13.1
26.6
30.8
54.0
13.2

Average Length of Time in Months for Children Who Exited DFPS Custody by Type of Exit and Race/Ethnicity***
Fiscal Year 2014

Race/Ethnicity Family Reunification Relative Care With PCA Relative Care Without PCA Adoption by Relative Adoption by Non-Relative Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Anglo
12.4
23.1
12.4
24.6
28.0
53.8
11.1
African American
13.5
26.1
15.0
30.6
35.6
57.0
17.0
Hispanic
13.7
23.5
13.0
25.3
31.4
52.8
12.2
Native American
44.6
0.0
0.6
21.0
59.0
19.5
24.7
Asian
10.2
0.0
11.8
34.1
35.5
72.6
0.2
Other
12.6
25.9
12.2
29.5
26.2
47.4
15.4
State
13.2
24.2
13.1
26.6
30.8
54.0
13.2

*** 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 Exited DFPS Legal Custody*
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Family Reunification Relative Care With PCA Relative Care Without PCA Adoption by Relative Adoption by Non-Relative Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Lubbock (1)
2.1
2.2
2.2
2.7
3.0
8.2
1.4
Abilene (2)
2.0
1.5
2.4
2.3
2.8
5.6
2.5
Arlington (3)
1.8
1.9
1.9
2.2
2.8
6.3
1.1
Tyler (4)
1.8
1.8
1.7
2.1
3.0
6.1
2.0
Beaumont (5)
1.9
2.1
2.2
2.5
2.9
6.0
1.0
Houston (6)
1.8
1.8
1.8
2.3
2.8
6.8
1.8
Austin (7)
1.7
2.2
1.8
2.2
2.7
5.9
1.8
San Antonio (8)
2.1
1.7
1.7
2.2
3.1
6.3
0.9
Midland (9)
1.8
1.9
2.0
2.2
2.8
5.3
1.8
El Paso (10)
2.0
1.5
2.0
2.4
3.1
5.9
1.0
Edinburg (11)
2.0
1.8
2.3
2.5
4.0
6.2
1.4
State Total
1.9
1.9
1.9
2.3
2.9
6.4
1.5

Note: The average number of placements per child in substitute care for all children who attained permanency is 2.4 placements.

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

Length of Time in Care for Children Who Exited DFPS Custody* to a Permanent Home**

Year: 2014

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months
52.9%
13 to 24 months
29.2%
25+ months
17.9%

*Children who left substitute care via own home, permanent relative placement or adoption consummation and DFPS legal responsibility was ended.
**Permanent home means an exit to reunification, an individual taking custody as a permanent managing conservator, or adoption.

Year: 2013

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months
52.9%
13 to 24 months
29.8%
25+ months
17.3%

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%

Children who left substitute care via own home, permanent relative placement or adoption consummation and DFPS legal responsibility was ended.
* Permanent home means an exit to reunification, an individual taking custody as a permanent managing conservator, or adoption.

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Average Monthly Number of Children and Young Adults, FTEs*
in Paid Foster Care
Fiscal Year 2014

State Payment Rate Number of Children & Young Adults Number of FTEs
Basic
10,948
9,654
Moderate
2,909
2,630
Specialized
2,575
2,311
Intense
350
301
Child Specific**
34
30
Emergency Shelter
864
543
Psychiatric Transition
39
27
Blended Rate (Single Stream Continuum Contract - SSCC)
910
752
Exceptional Rate (SSCC)
3
2
Supported Independent Living (SSCC and Legacy)
32
28
Total Average Monthly Counts***
18,664
16,278

Unduplicated Count: 18,038

Note: Calculations exclude children where cost of care was not covered by Title IV-E or state paid foster care.

*Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) are calculated by dividing the number of paid foster care days in the month by the number of days in a month.

** Child Specific, Emergency Shelters, SIL and Blended Rate 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 2014

Total Expenditures: $397,462,117

Service Level Expenditures Percent
State Paid
$164,207,890.47
41.3%
Title IV-E
$233,254,226.85
58.7%
Total
$397,462,117.32
100.0%

Title IV-E Federal Foster Care Program

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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Monthly Average Number of Children and Young Adults* in Paid Foster Care by Payment Source

Fiscal Year Children in State Paid Foster Care** Young Adults in State Paid Foster Care** Children in Title IV-E Paid Foster Care Young Adults in Title IV-E Paid Foster Care Total Monthly Average*** % Annual Change
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%
2013
5,357
703
11,192
524
17,776
-2.2%
2014
6,403
714
10,506
431
18,054
1.6%

* 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.

Monthly Average Number of Children and Young Adults* in Paid Foster Care by Payment Source and Region
Fiscal Year 2014

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***
1 Lubbock
394
38
670
33
1,135
2 Abilene
164
20
388
14
586
3 Arlington
1,333
137
2,230
81
3,781
4 Tyler
463
40
515
20
1,038
5 Beaumont
267
22
319
10
618
6 Houston
1,011
145
2,281
124
3,561
7 Austin
908
108
772
25
1,813
8 San Antonio
1,021
111
1,682
67
2,881
9 Midland
230
24
453
13
720
10 El Paso
67
10
291
10
378
11 Edinburg
548
59
911
35
1,553
Total***
6,406
714
10,512
432
18,064

Unduplicated Monthly Average***: 18,038

* 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 2014

Region Family Served Children Served
1 Lubbock
279
496
2 Abilene
162
268
3 Arlington
1,778
3,063
4 Tyler
320
550
5 Beaumont
217
354
6 Houston
1,361
2,290
7 Austin
954
1,629
8 San Antonio
989
1,727
9 Midland
192
330
10 El Paso
110
190
11 Edinburg
523
1,013
Unknown*
130
1,769
Total
7,015
13,679

*Many of the Additional Integration Payments, which were introduced in FY14, were processed outside of IMPACT with no region captured.

Kinship Caregiver Monetary Assistance Payments
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Integration Payments Flexible Support Payments Total Relative Caregiver Support
1 Lubbock
$146,880.00
$202,500.00
$349,380.00
2 Abilene
$110,900.00
$132,500.00
$243,400.00
3 Arlington
$1,040,475.00
$1,342,000.00
$2,382,475.00
4 Tyler
$195,395.00
$258,000.00
$453,395.00
5 Beaumont
$127,405.00
$146,500.00
$273,905.00
6 Houston
$441,050.00
$1,075,500.00
$1,516,550.00
7 Austin
$663,895.00
$876,000.00
$1,539,895.00
8 San Antonio
$814,140.00
$463,500.00
$1,277,640.00
9 Midland
$108,405.00
$167,000.00
$275,405.00
10 El Paso
$83,910.00
$82,500.00
$166,410.00
11 Edinburg
$208,770.00
$532,500.00
$741,270.00
Unknown*
$834,120.00
$88,000.00
$922,120.00
Statewide
$4,775,345.00
$5,366,500.00
$10,141,845.00

*Many of the Additional Integration Payments, which were introduced in FY14, were processed outside of IMPACT with no region captured.

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Number of Children Provided Adoption Subsidy* by Payment Source and Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year State Paid Adoption Subsidies Title IV-E Adoption Subsidies Total Children Provided Adoption Subsidy % Change from Previous Fiscal Year
2010
7,146 26,558 33,704 9.8%
2011
7,296 28,994 36,290 7.7%
2012
7,550 31,506 39,056 7.6%
2013
7,795 34,284 42,079 7.7%
2014
7,987 37,034 45,021 7.0%

Number of Children Provided Adoption Subsidy* by Region
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Clients
1 Lubbock
2,364
2 Abilene
1,094
3 Arlington
8,888
4 Tyler
2,029
5 Beaumont
1,434
6 Houston
9,876
7 Austin
6,052
8 San Antonio
9,818
9 Midland
866
10 El Paso
936
11 Edinburg
1,658
Unknown
6
Statewide
45,021

*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 Title IV-E Total Children % Change
2011
33
168
201
N/A
2012
118
417
535
166.2%
2013
123
459
582
8.8%
2014
194
407
601
3.3%

Note: The Permanency Care Assistance program began in Fiscal Year 2011.

Number of Children Provided Permanency Care Assistance* by Region,
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Clients
Lubbock (1)
18
Abilene (2)
37
Arlington (3)
174
Tyler (4)
42
Beaumont (5)
15
Houston (6)
125
Austin (7)
63
San Antonio (8)
63
Midland (9)
13
El Paso (10)
6
Edinburg (11)
45
Statewide
601

*Does not include non-recurring payments.

For children who cannot reunify and for who adoption has been ruled out, the Permanency Care Assistance (PCA) Program provides a monthly subsidy to relatives and fictive kin that take legal custody as a permanent managing conservator and have been a verified foster care provider for the child for at least 6 months. The PCA subsidy is similar to an adoption subsidy.

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Average Number of Children and Families Receiving Purchased Services per Month
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Living at Home Living Out of Home Post Adoption Total Children Total Adults Total Clients
1 Lubbock
153
394
13
560
1,014
1,574
2 Abilene
57
195
9
261
533
794
3 Arlington
274
1,793
83
2,150
2,442
4,592
4 Tyler
159
338
8
505
1,337
1,842
5 Beaumont
58
194
67
319
521
840
6 Houston
352
1,203
147
1,702
3,419
5,121
7 Austin
447
791
26
1,264
2,280
3,544
8 San Antonio
420
978
18
1,416
1,983
3,399
9 Midland
105
214
18
337
570
907
10 El Paso
26
142
10
178
211
389
11 Edinburg
239
376
3
618
2,383
3,001
Unknown
0
0
3
3
0
3
Total
2,290
6,618
405
9,313
16,693
26,006

Note: Averages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Average Monthly Number and Percent of Children Receiving CPS Purchased Services by Region
Fiscal Year 2014

  Total Number of In-Home Children Number of
In-Home Children
Receiving Purchased Services
% of In-Home Children Receiving Purchased Services Total Number of Children in Substitute Care Number of Children In Substitute Care Receiving Purchased Services % of Children in Substitute Care Receiving Purchased Services
1 Lubbock
2,386
153
6.4%
1,689
394
23.3%
2 Abilene
1,812
57
3.1%
828
195
23.5%
3 Arlington
7,879
274
3.5%
6,098
1,793
29.4%
4 Tyler
1,640
159
9.7%
1,719
338
19.7%
5 Beaumont
715
58
8.1%
913
194
21.3%
6 Houston
8,426
352
4.2%
5,816
1,203
20.7%
7 Austin
2,979
447
15.0%
3,473
791
22.8%
8 San Antonio
6,158
420
6.8%
5,102
978
19.2%
9 Midland
1,106
105
9.5%
1,176
214
18.2%
10 El Paso
1,666
26
1.6%
548
142
25.9%
11 Edinburg
6,466
239
3.7%
2,293
376
16.4%
Unknown
8
0
0.0%
0
0
0.0%
Statewide
41,243
2,290
5.6%
29,654
6,618
22.3%

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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 2014

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
1 Lubbock
178
37
224
1
1
39
480
2 Abilene
312
34
114
0
0
19
479
3 Arlington
887
334
415
0
4
148
1,788
4 Tyler
442
113
61
0
1
65
682
5 Beaumont
113
75
16
0
0
19
223
6 Houston
367
326
291
2
6
69
1,061
7 Austin
681
263
614
1
2
127
1,688
8 San Antonio
309
75
1,016
0
3
57
1,460
9 Midland
75
11
118
0
0
6
210
10 El Paso
24
6
214
4
0
5
253
11 Edinburg
117
11
946
0
0
28
1,102
Other/Unknown
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
Total
3,507
1,285
4,029
8
17
582
9,428

Family Group Conferences Conducted By Race/Ethnicity Fiscal Year 2014

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Lubbock (1)
160
21
210
0
1
38
430
Abilene (2)
318
28
111
2
0
43
502
Arlington (3)
458
202
232
2
5
81
980
Tyler (4)
426
90
73
0
1
82
672
Beaumont (5)
156
72
36
2
0
35
301
Houston (6)
310
438
344
2
3
102
1,199
Austin (7)
351
125
258
0
1
99
834
San Antonio (8)
295
76
903
0
2
69
1,345
Midland (9)
140
31
177
0
0
25
373
El Paso (10)
8
11
108
1
0
6
134
Edinburg (11)
202
14
1,491
1
1
58
1,767
Total
2,824
1,108
3,943
10
14
638
8,537

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Circles of Support Conducted by Race/Ethnicity*
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Lubbock (1)
51
18
28
0
0
9
106
Abilene (2)
30
9
18
0
0
8
65
Arlington (3)
206
205
122
0
4
49
586
Tyler (4)
88
52
32
0
0
18
190
Beaumont (5)
39
21
6
0
0
10
76
Houston (6)
154
269
170
0
3
68
664
Austin (7)
101
104
86
0
2
47
340
San Antonio (8)
60
56
207
0
0
33
356
Midland (9)
43
4
20
0
0
4
71
El Paso (10)
2
3
35
0
0
3
43
Edinburg (11)
18
1
184
0
0
26
229
Total
792
742
908
0
9
275
2,726

* 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 adults. 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
2010
7,701
996
8,697
2011
8,139
789
8,928
2012
7,458
1274
8,732
2013
7,265
1354
8,619
2014
7,376
1,307
8,683

Note: 907 youth who were not served in FY 2014 received services prior to FY 2014.

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Confirmed Victims in Completed CPS Investigations and Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities

Statewide 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Texas Child Population*
6,584,709
6,663,942
7,054,634
7,159,172
7,266,760
DFPS Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities**
227
231
212
156
151
Confirmed Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities per 100,000 Texas children
3.4
3.5
3.0
2.2
2.1

Population Data Source: Texas State Data Center, University of Texas (San Antonio).

**Includes child fatalities investigated and confirmed by Child Protective Services (143), Adult Protective Services (0), Child Day Care Licensing (4) and Residential Child Care Licensing (4). Fatality information does not include corrections or updates, if any, that may subsequently be made to DFPS data after fiscal year end.

Confirmed Victims in Completed CPS Investigations and Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities by Region
Fiscal Year 2014

Region Texas Child Population (ages 0-17) Confirmed Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities Confirmed Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities per 100,000 Texas children
1 Lubbock
230,711
3
1.3
2 Abilene
131,517
8
6.1
3 Arlington
1,979,195
37
1.9
4 Tyler
277,731
13
4.7
5 Beaumont
188,473
12
6.4
6 Houston
1,797,315
27
1.5
7 Austin
818,321
22
2.7
8 San Antonio
731,727
17
2.3
9 Midland
158,368
3
1.9
10 El Paso
254,213
4
1.6
11 Edinburg
699,189
5
0.7
Total
7,266,760
151
2.1

*Population Data Source: Texas State Data Center, University of Texas (San Antonio). "
**Includes child fatalities investigated and confirmed by Child Protective Services (143), Adult Protective Services (0), Child Day Care Licensing (4) and Residential Child Care Licensing (4). Fatality information does not include corrections or updates, if any, that may subsequently be made to DFPS data after fiscal year end. " .

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