The Child Protective Services division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) develops policy and manages the Child Protective Services program on a statewide level. The division also develops program service and management plans which are published in a program service plan. State office staff must use input from regional administrative staff and advisory committees to develop the plan.
The Child Protective Services division (CPS) is organized into three divisions: Program Management and Support Division; Policy and Program Development Division; and Field Operations.
The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children and the Texas Runaway Hotline program are sections within CPS.
The Program Management and Support Division manages the resources for the program. The division develops, maintains, and evaluates management practices to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of the program. The division
1. assesses program management needs;
2. plans, develops, allocates, and manages the fiscal and human resources for the program;
3. develops and maintains the state plans;
4. monitors and evaluates the program;
5. designs and tests management methods for the program;
6. manages, sets rates, and develops policy for contracts;
7. performs program audits;
8. designs and analyzes the management information systems for the program;
9. develops procedures for program management; and
10. trains and consults with field staff.
The Policy and Program Development Division develops policies and procedures for program services. The division develops program practices to ensure the effectiveness and responsiveness of the program. The division
1. designs and changes program services within applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and court decisions.
2. develops and implements policies, procedures, and program standards for services provided by the program.
3. develops provider groups and serves as a liaison between these groups and DFPS.
4. serves as a liaison between state and private agencies, advocacy groups, and DFPS.
5. develops community resources and child welfare boards and provides training to those resources.
6. reviews and analyzes legislation and litigation related to the program.
7. maintains the Adoption Resource Exchange.
8. provides training and consultation to field staff.
Field Operations manages and ensures that regions carry out the various changes of the program.
Regional directors for families and children or child protective services implement and manage the program on a regional level according to applicable state and federal laws and policies. The regional directors organize the program delivery system to meet regional needs as long as the service delivery system complies with applicable policies and other DFPS directives.