Child Protective Services Division investigates reports of abuse and neglect of childrenChild Protective Services Division investigates reports of abuse and neglect of children

We are all responsible for making sure Texas children are safe. While the core mission of Child Protective Services and Child Care Licensing is to protect children, we can only keep children safe through a collaborative effort with communities, service providers and, most importantly, Texas families. 

There are many resources available to help keep children safe. Below, you can find various tools, tips, and resources to help in a variety of circumstances.

If you have a concern about a child that may be in danger or may be a victim for abuse or neglect, please contact the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services or law enforcement.  Call 1-800-252-5400 to make confidential reports or online at: Texas Abuse Hotline

Information for Parents & Public Awareness

Help and Hope

It's not easy being a parent. But recognizing that you can improve is the first step toward becoming a
better parent. Here you will learn where to find the help you need to begin your journey toward becoming a healthier, happier family.

Room to Breathe

Hundreds of Texas babies die in their sleep each year - suddenly, unexpectedly, and without a clear explanation or due to accidental suffocation or strangulation. Learn tips to help your baby sleep safely and why it's so important to always give your baby "Room to Breathe."

One with Courage

Developed by Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, One with Courage centers around courage—the courage it takes children to talk about their abuse, and the courage it takes adults to talk about the issue, learn the signs of abuse and report it.

How Old Does My Child Need to Be to Stay Home Alone?

Below are resources to help parents and family members keep children safe.

Babies, Toddlers, and Children


Prevention and Early Intervention Information

PEI is a division of Child Protective Services that focuses on stopping abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency before it happens.
Prevention and Early Intervention Services & Programs

Child Safety Campaigns

DFPS supports several child safety campaigns that can help you keep children safe in a variety of situations.

Stop Child Abuse