The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is the designated Title IV-B state agency to provide protective services to children and families. The plan is required for the states to receive their yearly fiscal allotment authorized under Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, including funding that states are eligible to receive under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The update also gives states an opportunity to apply for funds to support their independent living programs as authorized under the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. These funds are specifically used to support the following programs:
- Child Welfare Services
- Family Support
- Family Preservation
- Time-Limited Family Reunification Services
- Adoption Promotion and Support Services
- Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Services
- The Independent Living Program
Title IV-B Five Year Plan
A Title IV-B Child and Family Services State Plan (CFSP) was developed in 2014 for 2015-2019.
In each of the four subsequent years after the completion of the five-year plan, DFPS is required to complete an annual update that is technically known as the Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR). The APSR is required for the state to receive its federal allocation authorized under Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, Subparts 1 and 2, and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The update also gives states an opportunity to apply for funding to support the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. The annual update must be submitted by June 30 of each year.
Annual Progress Reports for Title IV-B
The Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSR) are the reports DFPS submits to the Administration for Children and Families. The reports outline the progress made in the previous year toward accomplishing the goals and objectives identified in the state's previously submitted five year Child and Family Services Plan.
Child and Family Services Review
The Federal Child and Family Service Review (CFSR) process is a results-based system of federal oversight of state child welfare systems. The CFSRs are intended to hold states accountable for achieving seven outcomes for children. The seven outcomes fall within one of three broad domains of child safety, permanency, or well-being. The CFSRs also review state systems to ensure that certain federally required components are in place and operating as intended. States that are not in substantial conformity with respect to all seven outcomes and seven systemic factors must develop and implement program improvement plans. Financial penalties can be assessed against states that fail to demonstrate progress in improving their systems.