DFPS contracts with about 300 licensed residential child care providers to provide substitute care to children in DFPS’s managing conservatorship. Through these contracts, DFPS establishes the qualifications, standards, services, expectations, and outcomes for 24-hour child-care facilities and child-placing agencies.

DFPS has residential contract managers who assess, monitor, and manage these contracts. Residential contract managers serve as liaisons between DFPS field staff and providers to improve communication, gather input, and resolve conflicts. They also work closely with a third party reviewer, Child Protective Services, and HHS Child Care Licensing to ensure contractors comply with service level requirements, contracts expectations, and licensing standards.

Residential Child Care Contracting Opportunities

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) contracts with a variety of vendors. We contract directly for most services for clients and some goods and services that support the work of our employees. Current procurement opportunities are posted on the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD).

Applying for a Residential Child Care Contract with DFPS

Steps to contracting with DFPS:

Residential Child Care Contractors


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