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

Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) division responsibilities include:

  • Working with Texas communities to develop services to prevent child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, runaway youth, and truancy.
  • Planning, developing, and administering a comprehensive, unified approach to delivering prevention services.
  • Making prevention and early intervention services more accountable by demonstrating effectiveness or public benefits.
  • Using the services of Office of Child Safety to conduct in-depth case reviews to help support prevention and intervention programs as well as provide policy and best practices recommendations across DFPS.

What is Prevention and Early Intervention?

PEI is a division of DFPS that focuses on stopping abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency before it happens.

PEI does through by does this by:

  • Managing community-based programs that prevent child abuse and juvenile delinquency.
  • Helping communities identify their prevention needs and enhance local services.
  • Helping communities create new programs and improve existing ones that improve outcomes for children, youth, and their families. 

PEI contracts for a number of prevention services statewide that are available to the public free or a low cost.  Some of these services are available statewide and others are only available in some areas. Learn more about  Prevention and Early programs in your community.

Office of Child Safety

Office of Child Safety's goal is to help carry out prevention and intervention programs which address and reduce fatal and serious child abuse.

The Office of Child Safety completes critical case reviews, examines data and trends, and works with other agencies to provide a safety network across Texas.

By developing program recommendations, Prevention and Early Intervention's Office of Child Safety brings together local agencies, private sector, non-profits, and government programs to reduce child abuse and neglect fatalities.

Read more about Office of Child Safety

Join the Texas Prevention Network

The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) program in the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is creating a Texas Prevention Network (TPN) that brings together experts and partners from various sectors, to combine intellectual and material resources, and guide state efforts in strengthening families and communities. Members share information and coordinate prevention efforts to support a quality system in Texas. The network may organize workgroups to partner with PEI in order to define a vision for the future and a path to achieve it based on targeted outcomes. To learn more about the TPN click here.

We will start by having a webinar on June 30, 2015 at 10:00am (CST). At this time, we will discuss the role that you can play in the Texas Prevention Network. To receive information regarding the webinar please complete the survey at this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JoinTPN.

We hope to have you on our webinar in June. This is an exciting time where we have an opportunity to transform the health, safety, and well-being of Texas families by creating collaborative, sustainable, and innovative efforts to support parents and promote protective factors, thereby preventing negative outcomes. Thank you for all that you have done to promote the prevention of child abuse and neglect in your community and the state of Texas. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at tpn@dfps.state.tx.us.

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