What We Do

Special investigators are a unique type of caseworker because they are former law enforcement officers and have expertise in criminal investigations. They assist in high-profile or high-risk abuse and neglect cases that may require joint investigation with law enforcement. Special investigators take the lead on school investigations, DFPS employee investigations, and child fatality cases, when there are no surviving children in the home. They also participate on local boards and multi-disciplinary teams.

On September 1, 2017, Special Investigations transferred to the new Investigations program, along with the investigative function of Child Protective Services and Child Care Licensing.