2004 Annual Report CoverLetter from the Commissioner

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) serves the states youth, families, elderly, and people with disabilities. We accomplish our mission to protect the unprotected through four programs: Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Child Care Licensing, and Prevention and Early Intervention.

The 2004 Annual Report is an overview of the agency's programs, services, performance, and accomplishments. This report covers the fiscal year beginning Sept. 1, 2003 through Aug. 31, 2004. The companion to this report, the 2004 DFPS Data Book, is a comprehensive statistical resource of the agencys services. The 2004 Annual Report, Data Book, and additional information can be found on the agencys web site at www.dfps.state.tx.us.

In cooperation with a vast network of public and private partners, dedicated DFPS employees across Texas make tremendous contributions every day to fulfill our mission. I am pleased to present this summary of the services we provide, as well as highlights of the agencys performance and accomplishments.

Carey D. Cockerell


In 2004, several cases from Adult Protective Services (APS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) generated increased attention from the news media and elected officials. As a result, the Governor issued Executive Order RP 33 on April 14, 2004 and Executive Order RP 35 on July 2, 2004. The orders called for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to review and reform Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Services. HHSCs response included an independent review of.

Read more about DFPS in the 2004 Annual Report (3.5 MB).


The report is also available in smaller sections through the links below.

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Child Protective Services
  4. Adult Protective Services
  5. Child Care Licensing
  6. Prevention and Early Intervention, Regional Map, Hotlines, Online Resources, Org Chart