Texas Department of Family and Protective Services About UsTexas Department of Family and Protective Services About Us

DFPS helps find safe and loving homes for children in our care.

Families Open Homes & Hearts with Kinship Care

Family members can help give children with a safe, loving, and stable home when they are unable to live with their parents. With kinship care—or relative care—children benefit by living with relatives they know and trust in a place that's familiar and safe.

Give Children a Safe Place to Live: Foster Care

Foster Care gives children who are unable to live with their parents or other family members a safe place to live until they can return to their parents' home or are found a permanent home.

Reuniting Families and Finding Children New Forever Homes

After CPS removes a child from their home, our caseworkers work with families on what we call a permanency plan. It's a road map to getting the child into a safe and permanent home. First, we work with families to return the child to a parent or parents, and that is usually what happens. But, if that's not possible, we work to find an alternative family (preferably a kinship family) to adopt or accept legal custody of the child.

With adoption or legal custody (permanent managing conservatorship or PMC), a new family makes a lifelong commitment to a child - giving the child a chance to have a "forever" home without CPS in his or her life.

Work with Our Faith-Based Partners

CPS works with Texas faith-based communities to find loving homes for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect.  Current and potential adoptive and foster parents find the support and resources they need to help children in their communities through a program called Congregations Helping in Love and Dedication (CHILD).