Letter from the Commissioner
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) serves the state’s youth, families, elderly, and people with disabilities. Our mission is to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation by working with clients, families, and communities. We work to accomplish that mission through four programs: Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Child Care Licensing, and Prevention and Early Intervention.
The 2006 Annual Report is an overview of the department’s programs, services, performance, and accomplishments. This report covers the fiscal year beginning Sept. 1, 2005 through Aug. 31, 2006. The companion to this report, the 2006 DFPS Data Book, is a comprehensive statistical resource. The 2006 Annual Report, Data Book, and additional information can be found on the department’s web site.
Thanks to the guidance and additional resources provided by the Governor and the Texas Legislature, DFPS made major strides in improving services and making children and vulnerable adults safer through a department wide renewal effort. DFPS Renewal encompasses a wide spectrum of reforms and improvements required by Senate Bill 6, the protective services reform bill passed in the 2005 session. We have strengthened abuse/neglect investigations, put new technological tools in caseworkers hands, and strengthened licensing standards for foster care. While there is still much to be done, I am proud of what our staff has accomplished.
In cooperation with a vast network of public and private partners and with the support of the DFPS Council, 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 department’s performance and accomplishments.
Carey D. Cockerell
In 2005, the Texas Legislature instructed DFPS to improve the services it provides to children, families, the elderly, and adults with disabilities. DFPS was given an unprecedented increase in funding and started making far-reaching changes to its Child Protective Services (CPS), Adult Protective Services (APS), Child Care Licensing (CCL), and Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) divisions. Sen. Jane Nelson and Rep. Suzanna Hupp passed Senate Bill 6, the omnibus DFPS reform bill. The reforms required by Senate Bill 6 and others identified administratively affect all DFPS programs and divisions."
Read more about DFPS in the 2006 Annual Report.
The report is also available in smaller sections through the links below.