2007 Annual Report CoverLetter 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 and people who are elderly or have 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 2007 Annual Report is an overview of the department’s programs, services, performance, and accomplishments. This report covers the fiscal year beginning Sept. 1, 2006 through Aug. 31, 2007. The companion to this report, the 2007 DFPS Data Book, is a comprehensive statistical resource. The 2007 Annual Report, Data Book, and additional information can be found on the department’s web site.

In 2007, DFPS continued the Renewal process to make improvements that touch every aspect of the agency and its mission. We built upon the foundation for a wide spectrum of reforms and improvements required by Senate Bill 6, the protective services reform bill passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Perry in the 2005 session.

In cooperation with a vast network of public and private partners and the support of the DFPS Council, our 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 2007, DFPS proposed a package of recommendations to the 80th Texas Legislature to build on the foundation of reforms from the previous session and to assure continued progress. The 80th Legislature embraced those recommendations through the passage of the appropriations bill and SB 758. While SB 6 of the previous regular session dealt mostly with investigation aspects of the protective services system, the Reform II legislation of 2007 focused on other parts of the system. To that end, the Legislature and Governor allocated an additional $101 million to DFPS, plus another $87 million for a variety of purposes including more prevention programs, and more Family-Based Safety Services and statewide intake staff. The Legislature also repealed the requirement of SB 6 to outsource substitute care and case management services for children in DFPS conservatorship."

Read more about DFPS in the 2007 Annual Report.


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