Learn about DFPS
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works with communities to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also works to protect the health and safety of children in daycare, as well as foster care and other types of 24-hour care. We do this through investigations, services and referrals, regulation, and prevention programs. DFPS has four major programs that do this important work.
- Adult Protective Services
- Protects the elderly and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation through investigations and services.
- Child Protective Services
- Protects children from abuse and neglect through investigations, services, foster care, and adoption.
- Child Care Licensing
- Regulates daycare, foster care, adoption agencies, residential treatment centers, before- and after-school programs, and maternity homes.
- Prevention and Early
- Manages community-based programs that prevent juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect.
Please call the Texas Abuse Hotline if you suspect that a child or adult who is elderly or has disabilities is being abused, neglected, or exploited.
DFPS was created by the 78th Legislature (House Bill 2292) and was previously called the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.