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CPS
Child protective Services Overview

Total Average Filled Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff

Caseworkers (Investigation) 1,735.0
Caseworkers (Family-Based Safety Services) 797.6
Caseworkers (Conservatorship) 1,509.9
Caseworkers (Other Workers) 556.0
Supervisors 787.9
Program Directors/Administrators 137.8
Admin/Clerical 1,069.2
Case Aides 582.2
Other Staff 733.1
CPS Program Support 454.2
Total CPS Staff 8,362.90

Worker demographic

Turnover Rate   25.0%
Agency Tenure Less than 1 Year 17.9%
1-3 Years 35.2%
Greater than 3 Years 46.9%
Entry Salary (INV)   $36,728.96
Entry Salary (Non INV)   $32,273.16
Average Age   36.0
Race/Ethnicity African-American 30.1%
Anglo 41.1%
Hispanic 27.4%
Other 1.4%

Supervisor Demographics

Turnover Rate   5.6%
Agency Tenure Less than 1 Year 0.6%
1-3 Years 2.5%
Greater than 3 Years 96.8%
Entry Salary   $39,117.96
Average Age   41.7
Race/Ethnicity African-American 27.3%
Anglo 47.7%
Hispanic 23.2%
Other 1.8%

CPS Expenditures

CPS Staff $453,054,389
Purchased Client Services $107,695,117
Foster Care Payments $390,761,964
Adoption Subsidy Payments $179,150,219
Permanency Care Assistance $376,911
Relative/Other Designated Caregiver Reimbursement Program $9,630,251
Other Client Services $4,696,656
Total CPS Expenditures $1,145,365,507

Description of the Report Investigation Process

Step 1: Report Assigned for Investigation
Step 2: Investigation/Risk Assessment
  • No Risk: Case Closed
  • Risk Indicated: Continue to Nest Step
Step 3: Child Safe at Home?
  • Yes: Family Provided Services/Referrals
  • No: Continue to Next Step
Step 4: Seek Safe Emergency Placement
  • Relative Available: Child Placed with Relative
  • Relative Not Available: Continue to Next Step
Step 5: DFPS Petitions Court for Custody of Child
  • Denied: Family Provided Services/Referrals
  • Granted: Continue to Next Step
Step 6: Child Placed in Substitute Care (Out of home care)
  • Services Provided to Family
Step 7: Court Approves Permanency for Child
  • Court Approved: Permanent Custody to DFPS
  • Court Denied: Continue to Next Step
Step 8: Child Reunified with Parents, Permanent Custody to Relative, or Adoption

Note: The process is for reference only and does not necessarily represent the flow of a case.

Statistics FY 2010

  • Texas State Child Population 6,663,942
  • Children, Alleged Victims 297,971
  • Children in Confirmed Investigations 98,435
  • Children Removed 17,108

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Child Protective Services Vision, Mission, and Values

CPS Vision: “Children First: Protected and Connected”

The Values are:

  • Respect for culture
  • Inclusiveness of families, youth and community
  • Integrity in decision making
  • Compassion for all
  • Commitment to reducing disproportionality

Most Common...

  • Person reporting abuse/neglect
    • School Professional (17.7%)
  • Allegation confirmed
    • Neglectful Supervision (65.0%)
  • Confirmed perpetrator of abuse/neglect
    • Relationship: Parent (78.2%)
    • Gender: Female (56.2%)
    • Age: Age 26-35 (38.3%)
  • Characteristic of confirmed victim
    • Age: Age 1 to 3 (24.8%)
    • Gender: Female (51.7%)

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Legal Responsibility for Child Protective Services

Statutory References

  • Social Security Act
  • Texas Family Code
  • Human Resources Code
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Adam Walsh Act

Major Provisions

  • Definitions of abuse and neglect of children;
  • Mandatory reporting of suspected abuse or neglect of children;
  • Prepare and disseminate statistics by county relating to CPS in an annual report made available to the legislature and general public;
  • Responsibility for receiving reports of suspected abuse or neglect of children;
  • Responsibility for thorough investigation of a report of child abuse or neglect allegedly committed by a person responsible for a child’s care, custody or welfare;
  • Responsibility to assign priorities and prescribe investigative procedures for investigations based on the severity and immediacy of the alleged harm to the child;
  • Take action to protect abused and neglected children from further harm;
  • Establish review teams to evaluate department casework and decision-making related to investigations of child abuse or neglect;
  • Employ Child Safety Specialists to conduct staff reviews and evaluations of cases determined to involve high risk, monitor cases with multiple referrals, and approve decisions and assessments related to investigations that involve a high risk to the health or safety of a child;
  • Work with children and their families, providing services to prevent further abuse, help alleviate the effects of the abuse suffered, prevent removal of the child from the home, and provide reunification services when appropriate for the return of the child to the home;
  • When necessary, secure appropriate court orders and take possession of a child if there is an immediate danger to the physical health or safety of the child or the child has been a victim of neglect or sexual abuse and that continuation in the home would be contrary to the child’s welfare;
  • Make reasonable efforts to secure the return of the child;
  • Develop a service plan in conference with the child’s parents to determine return of the child to the child’s parents, termination of parental rights and placement of the child for adoption, or because of the child’s special needs or exceptional circumstances continue the child’s care out of the child’s home;
  • Provide substitute care for children until the problems have been sufficiently resolved;
  • Provide permanent placement for children who cannot safely return to their home;
  • Establish a database of all verified foster homes willing to accept foster care placement of a child in care;
  • Recruit potential adoptive parents for children whose parents have had their parental rights terminated;
  • Requirements for frequency and location of contact with children in substitute care;
  • Requirements for conducting criminal background and central registry checks of foster and adoptive parents.

The federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, requires DFPS to:

  • Provide written notification to maternal and paternal grandparents and other adult relatives regarding a child’s removal and placement in state custody and support options.
  • Ensure youth aging out of state care have a Transition Plan developed within 90 days of turning 18 or the date leaving CPS extended foster care.
  • Seek to have education stability for children in DFPS custody.
  • Have a health oversight and coordination plan. 
  • Keep siblings in custody placed together. If this is not possible, the state must provide for frequent visitation or other ongoing interaction between the siblings, unless the State shows frequent visits or other interaction would be contrary to the safety or well-being of any of the siblings. 
  • Make eligibility changes for the Title IV-E adoption assistance program to promote adoption of children with special needs. 
  • Provide information about Adoption Tax Credits during training for adoptive parents. 

The federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act allows and the Texas Legislature supported:

  • Establishing a relative guardianship subsidy program.  For Texas, this will be a subsidy program called the Permanency Care Assistance program for relatives taking permanent managing conservatorship of a child.  This program is intended to provide an additional option for children and youth who might otherwise remain in kinship foster care. It is not intended to be a long term foster care program.
  • Allowing youth aging out of care to stay in extended foster care for a variety of reasons until they turn 21. 
  • Extending adoption assistance benefits and Permanency Care Assistance benefits until the youth turns 21 if the adoption assistance agreement or Permanency Care Assistance agreement was signed after the youth turns 16.
  • Authorizing federally recognized tribes to apply for IV-E funding directly.

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Concepts Guiding Risk Determination

Child Vulnerability

  • Child fragility
  • Child behavior

Home Environment

  • Stressors
  • Dangerous exposure

Caregiver Capability

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Capacity

Quality of Care

  • Quality of connection
  • Emotional care
  • Physical care

Social Environment

  • Social climate
  • Social violence

Response to CPS

  • Attitude
  • Deception

Maltreatment Pattern

  • Chronicity
  • Current severity
  • Trends

Federal Outcomes Used to Assess Child Welfare Services

Safety Outcomes

  • Safety Outcome 1: Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect.
  • Safety Outcome 2: Children are safely maintained in their homes whenever possible and

Permanency Outcomes

  • Permanency Outcome 1: Children have permanency and stability in their living situations.
  • Permanency Outcome 2: The continuity of family relationships and connections is preserved for children.

Well-Being Outcomes

  • Well-Being Outcome 1: Families have enhanced capacity to provide for their children’s needs.
  • Well-Being Outcome 2: Children receive appropriate services to meet their educational needs.
  • Well-Being Outcome 3: Children receive adequate services to meet their physical and mental health needs.

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Fiscal Year 2004 and 2011 Pre- and Post-Reform Statistics by Region (CPS)

Region 1 - Lubbock

Region 1 - Lubbock 2004 2011
Caseworkers 168.1 248.1
Turnover 22.0% 26.1%
Average Base Salary $32,459 $34,733
Completed Investigations 6,406 7,648
Removals 733 930
Adoptions Consummated 143 239

Region 2 - Abilene

Region 2 - Abilene 2004 2011
Caseworkers 86.4 138.1
Turnover 13.9% 23.0%
Average Base Salary $33,678 $35,095
Completed Investigations 4,325 5,433
Removals 351 396
Adoptions Consummated 80 115

Region 3 - Arlington

Region 3 - Arlington 2004 2011
Caseworkers 687.8 997.6
Turnover 26.3% 22.0%
Average Base Salary $32,943 $35,555
Completed Investigations 33,509 41,607
Removals 3,270 3,480
Adoptions Consummated 516 824

Region 4 - Tyler

Region 4 - Tyler 2004 2011
Caseworkers 160.8 246.7
Turnover 29.3% 22.0%
Average Base Salary $32,436 $34,790
Completed Investigations 8,561 9,088
Removals 728 1,028
Adoptions Consummated 124 254

Region 5 - Beaumont

Region 5 - Beaumont 2004 2011
Caseworkers 89.8 148.5
Turnover 11.2% 14.8%
Average Base Salary $34,251 $35,718
Completed Investigations 5,717 6,643
Removals 392 503
Adoptions Consummated 55 147

Region 6 - Houston

Region 6 - Houston 2004 2011
Caseworkers 653.1 965.0
Turnover 25.8% 20.8%
Average Base Salary $32,737 $34,709
Completed Investigations 27,543 32,859
Removals 2,773 3,336
Adoptions Consummated 651 1,051

Region 7 - Austin

Region 7 - Austin 2004 2011
Caseworkers 366.3 499.6
Turnover 20.9% 30.9%
Average Base Salary $32,398 $35,191
Completed Investigations 18,147 20,857
Removals 1,645 2,112
Adoptions Consummated 351 648

Region 8 - San Antonio

Region 8 - San Antonio 2004 2011
Caseworkers 355.3 622.9
Turnover 20.7% 27.9%
Average Base Salary $33,124 $34,591
Completed Investigations 13,382 21,491
Removals 1,993 2,851
Adoptions Consummated 390 1,014

Region 9 - Midland

Region 9 - Midland 2004 2011
Caseworkers 65.0 138.4
Turnover 15.5% 33.0%
Average Base Salary $33,375 $34,528
Completed Investigations 3,666 4,998
Removals 255 553
Adoptions Consummated 32 102

Region 10 - El Paso

Region 10 - El Paso 2004 2011
Caseworkers 75.7 118.9
Turnover 13.6% 25.5%
Average Base Salary $34,227 $34,571
Completed Investigations 3,397 5,310
Removals 183 269
Adoptions Consummated 66 78

Region 11 - Edinburg

Region 11 - Edinburg 2004 2011
Caseworkers 238.8 474.7
Turnover 22.1% 31.7%
Average Base Salary $32,828 $34,071
Completed Investigations 13,871 19,448
Removals 1,108 1,650
Adoptions Consummated 104 163

Statewide Totals

Statewide Totals 2004 2011
Caseworkers 2947.2 4598.5
Turnover 23.0% 25.0%
Average Base Salary $32,892 $34,903
Completed Investigations 138,587 175,421
Removals 13,431 17,108
Adoptions Consummated 2,512 4,635

Note: The State Total for Completed Investigations includes those where the Region was Unknown and/or Out of State.

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CPS Daily Caseload Fiscal Year 2011

Stage of Service
by Region
Investigation Family-based Safety Services Substitute Care Services Foster/Adoptive Home Development Kinship
1 Lubbock 28.1 22.5 30.6 24.9 44.4
2 Abilene 25.1 19.2 32.2 18.9 43.6
3 Arlington 23.0 16.7 31.0 25.2 48.0
4 Tyler 22.8 15.9 29.6 20.6 38.1
5 Beaumont 20.3 14.5 29.9 31.9 58.9
6 Houston 27.9 16.5 31.9 24.9 67.4
7 Austin 40.7 15.5 32.4 28.7 33.7
8 San Antonio 27.4 15.2 33.4 16.1 27.1
9 Midland 32.3 18.4 34.0 24.1 57.0
10 El Paso 35.2 15.3 30.1 31.1 43.3
11 Edinburg 24.6 18.3 34.3 18.2 23.2
State 27.4 16.9 32.0 23.6 46.1

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CPS Daily Caseload Fiscal Year 2010

Stage of Service
by Region
Investigation Family-based Safety Services Substitute Care Services Foster/Adoptive Home Development Kinship
1 Lubbock 26.2 23.5 26.7 23.8 48.5
2 Abilene 26.2 21.5 25.6 17.5 41.7
3 Arlington 26.4 21.9 26.2 21.4 38.5
4 Tyler 24.5 19.3 34.8 27.2 36.1
5 Beaumont 25.7 17.0 29.3 29.8 48.6
6 Houston 29.9 26.3 32.8 34.3 58.1
7 Austin 34.1 18.3 29.0 30.0 32.7
8 San Antonio 27.2 19.2 30.2 20.9 21.6
9 Midland 35.3 20.6 30.9 21.7 66.7
10 El Paso 35.7 24.6 27.7 24.1 39.0
11 Edinburg 34.4 22.5 29.2 17.6 44.1
State 29.1 21.9 29.5 25.4 43.0

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Texas Child Population Ages Birth through 17 Years
Fiscal Year 2011

State Total: 6,663,942

Region Child Pop Ages Birth - 17 Years
Region 1 215,735
Region 2 133,862
Region 3 1,822,868
Region 4 266,054
Region 5 182,115
Region 6 1,610,904
Region 7 707,679
Region 8 667,476
Region 9 147,082
Region 10 234,190
Region 11 675,977
Total 6,663,942

Texas Child Population Ages Birth through 17 Years, Fiscal Year 2011 by County

Population Data Source: Texas State Data Center, University of Texas (San Antonio) - Based on Census 2000 data.

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Child Protective Services Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2011

State Total: 169,559

Region Completed Investigations
Region 1 7,648
Region 2 5,433
Region 3 41,607
Region 4 9,088
Region 5 6,643
Region 6 32,859
Region 7 20,857
Region 8 21,491
Region 9 4,998
Region 10 5,310
Region 11 19,448
Blank or Invalid 39
Total 175,421

Note: 39 investigations did not have the county designated.

CPS Completed Investigations, Fiscal Year 2011 by County

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CPS Total Initial Intakes and Screened Out Cases
Fiscal Year 2011

Total Initial Intakes

Total Initial Intakes Number Percentage
PN 9,103 3.6%
P1 71,011 27.8%
P2 175,461 68.7%
Total 255,575 100%

Initially Assigned P2s eligible for screening

Initially Assigned P2s eligible for screening Number Percentage
Not Assigned to Screeners 106,455 60.7%
Assigned to Screeners 69,006 39.3%
Total 175,461 100%

Assigned to Screeners

Assigned to Screeners Number Percentage
Not Screened Out 55,131 79.9%
Screened Out (P2 to PN) 13,875 20.1%
Total 69,006 100%

Note: When a case is a P2, all alleged victims are age 6 or older, and there is not currently an open case, a formal screening occurs. The purpose of the formal screening is to determine if CPS intervention is warranted. There may be eligible P2s not assigned to screeners. A PN is assessed when a situation appears to involve abuse or neglect, and a key piece of information from a specific identified person is needed in order to determine if an assignable allegation exists

Risk Assessment Finding of Completed Child Abuse/Neglect Investigations
Fiscal Year 2011

Disposition of Investigation Confirmed Unconfirmed State Total
No Significant Risk Identified 78 11,758 11,836
No Significant Risk Identified (Percent) 0.7% 99.3% 100.0%
Risk Controlled 18,417 97,407 115,824
Risk Controlled (Percent) 15.9% 84.1% 100.0%
Risk Indicated 20,569 6,417 26,986
Risk Indicated (Percent) 76.2% 23.8% 100.0%
Risk Not Applicable Blank/ Invalid 199 20,576 20,775
Rick Not Applicable Blank/Invalid (Percent) 1.0% 99.0% 100.0%
Total 39,263 136,158 175,421
Percent 22.4% 77.6% 100.0%

Number of Completed Investigations Where Family Violence* Was Indicated in the Risk Assessment

Fiscal Year Number of Complete Investigations Family Violence Indicated Family Violence Not Indicated
2008** 165,010 49,871 115,139
2009 165,444 54,143 111,301
2010 169,583 54,842 114,741
2011 175,421 56,068 119,353

* Family violence risk is determined by a positive response to one of two questions on the risk assessment: (1) Has any person in the home ever been a victim of family violence, and (2) Has any person in the home ever been a perpetrator of family violence

** The questions about family violence were not part of the risk assessment for a complete fiscal year until FY2008

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Case Action for Risk Indicated Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2011

Case Action for Risk Indicated Completed Investigations Count Percentage
Open to Services 25,827 95.7%
Not Open to Services 1,159 4.3%
Total 26,986 100%

Note: Only investigations with a risk finding of "Risk Indicated" can be opened for further services. Opened for services is defined as services provided after the investigation was completed.

Child Abuse/Neglect Allegation Dispositions

The categories used to record the findings of initial assessment/investigation of child abuse neglect are defined as:

Confirmed Investigations
  • Reason to believe – Based on preponderance of evidence, staff concluded that abuse or neglect occurred.
Unconfirmed Investigations
  • Ruled out - Staff determined, based upon on available information, that it is reasonable to conclude that abuse or neglect has not occurred.
  • Unable to complete – Before staff could reach a conclusion, the persons involved in the report moved, could not be located or refused to cooperate.
  • Unable to determine – Staff concluded that none of the other dispositions were appropriate.

Investigations of Child Abuse/Neglect by Source of Report for Completed Investigations

Validated APS Victims FY 2009 Number FY2009 Percent FY2010 Number FY2010 Percent FY2011 Number FY2011 Percent
 School 36,495 18.7% 37,817 18.6% 37,540 17.7%
 Medical Personnel 31,812 16.3% 32,786 16.2% 34,999 16.5%
 Law Enforcement 30,351 15.6% 30,759 15.2% 32,234 15.2%
 Relative 23,414 12.0% 24,575 12.1% 25,557 12.1%
 Parent 15,969 8.2% 17,212 8.5% 17,959 8.5%
 Other 12,636 6.5% 13,975 6.9% 15,165 7.2%
 Friend-Neighbor 13,389 6.9% 13,756 6.8% 14,602 6.9%
 Anonymous 9,212 4.7% 10,002 4.9% 11,277 5.3%
 Community Agency 7,094 3.6% 7,072 3.5% 7,359 3.5%
 DFPS Staff 5,772 3.0% 5,869 2.9% 5,799 2.7%
 Legal/Court 2,768 1.4% 2,775 1.4% 2,691 1.3%
 Day Care Provider 1,795 0.9% 1,717 0.8% 1,949 0.9%
 Parent's Paramour 860 0.4% 967 0.5% 925 0.4%
 Provider 930 0.5% 918 0.5% 813 0.4%
 State Agency 868 0.4% 878 0.4% 928 0.4%
 Victim 633 0.3% 626 0.3% 648 0.3%
 Unrelated Home Member 306 0.2% 386 0.2% 411 0.2%
 Religious Entity 370 0.2% 340 0.2% 361 0.2%
 24 Hour Care Provider 164 0.1% 200 0.1% 229 0.1%
 Institutional Personnel 126 0.1% 138 0.1% 171 0.1%
 Blank/Unknown 39 0.0% 17 0.0% 18 0.0%
 Financial Institution 14 0.0% 13 0.0% 14 0.0%
State Total  195,017 100.0% 202,798 100.0% 211,649 100.0%

Note: A report of abuse/neglect may come from multiple sources.

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Number of Child Abuse/Neglect Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Total Confirmed % Confirmed Investigations Unconfirmed Investigations
1 Lubbock 7,648 2,135 27.9% 5,513
2 Abilene 5,433 1,497 27.6% 3,936
3 Arlington 41,607 9,695 23.3% 31,912
4 Tyler 9,088 1,882 20.7% 7,206
5 Beaumont 6,643 1,366 20.6% 5,277
6 Houston 32,859 5,806 17.7% 27,053
7 Austin 20,857 4,530 21.7% 16,327
8 San Antonio 21,491 4,877 22.7% 16,614
9 Midland 4,998 1,259 25.2% 3,739
10 El Paso 5,310 1,400 26.4% 3,910
11 Edinburg 19,448 4,807 24.7% 14,641
Unknown 39 9 23.1% 30
State 175,421 39,263 22.4% 136,158

Family Cases Opened for Services as a Result of a Completed Investigation
Fiscal Year 2011

Region In-Home Direct Delivery In-Home Purchased Family Substitute Care Total
1 Lubbock 950 0 384 1,334
2 Abilene 807 1 230 1,038
3 Arlington 3,874 1 1,543 5,418
4 Tyler 594 1 430 1,025
5 Beaumont 332 0 239 571
6 Houston 2,891 1 1,540 4,432
7 Austin 1,293 0 961 2,254
8 San Antonio 2,912 2 1,093 4,007
9 Midland 618 0 250 868
10 El Paso 623 0 110 733
11 Edinburg 3,517 1 625 4,143
Unknown 0 0 4 4
State 18,411 7 7,409 25,827

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Confirmed Allegations of Child Abuse/Neglect by Type of Abuse
Fiscal Year 2011

Table Includes Abuse/Neglect Types:
Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Abandonment, Medical Neglect, and Physical Neglect

Region Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Emotional Abuse Abandonment Medical Neglect Physical Neglect
1 Lubbock 712 282 53 12 76 356
2 Abilene 449 179 29 9 56 266
3 Arlington 3,546 1,443 72 42 361 1,105
4 Tyler 635 299 13 5 88 338
5 Beaumont 400 171 8 9 63 194
6 Houston 1,965 1,117 72 29 296 795
7 Austin 1,206 644 50 6 141 389
8 San Antonio 1,352 697 77 13 234 625
9 Midland 415 233 30 7 77 218
10 El Paso 459 187 15 7 73 243
11 Edinburg 1,406 841 91 17 315 732
Unknown 2 1 0 0 0 0
State Total 12,547 6,094 510 156 1,780 5,261

Table Includes Abuse/Neglect Types:
Neglectful Supervision, Refusal to Accept Parental Responsibility, Total Confirmed Allegations of Child Abuse/Neglect, Percent of Child Abuse/Neglect, and *Unduplicated Confirmed Victims

Region Neglectful Supervision Refusal to Accept Parental Responsibility Total Confirmed Allegations of Child Abuse/Neglect Percent of Child Abuse/Neglect *Unduplicated Confirmed Victims
1 Lubbock 3,106 42 4,639 6.0% 3,923
2 Abilene 2,013 21 3,022 3.9% 2,537
3 Arlington 11,991 128 18,688 24.3% 15,883
4 Tyler 2,293 27 3,698 4.8% 3,096
5 Beaumont 1,652 10 2,507 3.3% 2,168
6 Houston 6,141 97 10,512 13.7% 9,009
7 Austin 5,810 74 8,320 10.8% 7,375
8 San Antonio 6,548 56 9,602 12.5% 8,382
9 Midland 1,591 24 2,595 3.4% 2,141
10 El Paso 1,884 18 2,886 3.8% 2,487
11 Edinburg 6,938 72 10,412 13.5% 8,934
Unknown 11 0 14 0.0% 13
State Total 49,978 569 76,895 100.00% 65,948

* Victims have been unduplicated by investigation stage.

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Children in Cases Opened for Services as a Result of a Completed Investigation
Fiscal Year 2011

Region In-home Direct Delivery In-home Purchased % Opened In-home Family Substitute Care* Total
1 Lubbock 2,459 0 71.3% 990 3,449
2 Abilene 2,061 3 78.9% 551 2,615
3 Arlington 10,171 4 72.5% 3,850 14,025
4 Tyler 1,463 1 58.3% 1,048 2,512
5 Beaumont 829 0 58.0% 600 1,429
6 Houston 7,975 5 66.3% 4,060 12,040
7 Austin 3,646 0 58.0% 2,641 6,287
8 San Antonio 7,859 9 71.8% 3,085 10,953
9 Midland 1,650 0 73.0% 610 2,260
10 El Paso 1,763 0 84.9% 314 2,077
11 Edinburg 10,695 4 85.3% 1,844 12,543
Other 0 0 0.0% 6 6
Total 50,571 26 72.1% 19,599 70,196

*Includes all children in the case regardless of victimization.

Point Prevalence* Rate of Child Abuse/Neglect per 1,000 Children in Texas Population per Region
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Confirmed Rate Alleged Rate
1 Lubbock 18.2 62.8
2 Abilene 19.0 69.4
3 Arlington 8.7 38.2
4 Tyler 11.6 56.8
5 Beaumont 11.9 60.8
6 Houston 5.6 33.5
7 Austin 10.4 49.2
8 San Antonio 12.6 55.8
9 Midland 14.6 58.9
10 El Paso 10.6 39.5
11 Edinburg 13.2 52.2
State 9.9 44.7

* Point prevalence is the number of children who are alleged/confirmed victims per 1,000 children in the region.

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Race/Ethnicity of Selected CPS Statistics Compared to Texas Child Population
Fiscal Year 2011

Race/Ethnicity of Selected CPS Statistics Compared to Texas Child Population Total African American Anglo Hispanic Native American Other
Texas Child Population 6,663,942 805,252 2,418,551 3,188,151 10,177 241,811
Percent 100% 12.1% 36.3% 47.8% 0.2% 3.6%
CPS Confirmed Victims 65,948 13,470 20,167 29,761 143 2,407
Percent 100% 20.4% 30.6% 45.1% 0.2% 3.6%
Number of Removals 17,108 4,482 5,129 6,983 34 480
Percent 100% 26.2% 30.0% 40.8% 0.2% 2.8%
Children Opened for Service* 70,196 14,501 18,284 34,536 131 2,744
Percent 100% 20.7% 26.0% 49.2% 0.2% 3.9%

Ethnicity of Children Awaiting Adoption on August 31, 2011 and Median Time Waiting by Ethnicity

Ethnicity of Children Awaiting Adoption and Median Time Waiting by Ethnicity Total African American Anglo Hispanic Native American Other
Texas Children Awaiting Adoption 6,342 2,334 1,555 2,336 12 105
Percent 100% 36.8% 24.5% 36.8% 0.2% 1.7%
State median Time Waiting for Adoption 10.1 11.3 9.0 10.5 6.7 5.3

* Includes removals from all stages of service
** Includes all children in the case regardless of victimization

Note: Other includes anyone not categorized as Anglo, African-American, Hispanic or Native American

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Confirmed Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
Fiscal Year 2011

State Total: 65,948

Region Confirmed Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
1 Lubbock 3,923
2 Abilene 2,537
3 Arlington 15,883
4 Tyler 3,096
5 Beaumont 2,168
6 Houston 9,009
7 Austin 7,375
8 San Antonio 8,382
9 Midland 2,141
10 El Paso 2,487
11 Edinburg 8,934
Blank or Invalid 13
State Total 65,948

Texas Child Population Ages Birth through 17 Years, Fiscal Year 2011 by County

13 confirmed victims did not have a county designated.

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Profile of Confirmed Child Abuse/Neglect Victims
Fiscal Year 2011

Age: Under 1

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 1,376 1,270 1,897 6 14 261 4,824
Male 1,585 1,257 2,030 2 20 240 5,134
Unknown 10 5 8 0 0 6 29
Total 2,971 2,532 3,935 8 34 507 9,987

Age: 1-3 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 2,337 1,640 3,540 7 35 279 7,838
Male 2,623 1,792 3,726 13 47 263 8,464
Unknown 5 9 28 0 0 11 53
Total 4,965 3,441 7,294 20 82 553 16,355

Age: 4-6 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 1,989 1,250 3,092 15 25 202 6,573
Male 2,018 1,394 3,124 20 28 206 6,790
Unknown 6 1 8 0 0 8 23
Total 4,013 2,645 6,224 35 53 416 13,386

Age: 7-9 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 1,464 937 2,478 12 24 141 5,056
Male 1,537 967 2,193 16 15 119 4,847
Unknown 5 5 6 0 0 1 17
Total 3,006 1,909 4,677 28 39 261 9,920

Age: 10-12 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 1,316 710 2,055 15 23 117 4,236
Male 1,100 680 1,530 8 26 66 3,410
Unknown 1 2 3 0 0 1 7
Total 2,417 1,392 3,588 23 49 184 7,653

Age: 13-17 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 1,708 981 2,679 19 28 131 5,546
Male 1,081 563 1,354 10 9 59 3,076
Unknown 3 0 1 0 0 0 4
Total 2,792 1,544 4,034 29 37 190 8,626

Age Unknown

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 0 3 1 0 0 1 5
Male 2 1 6 0 0 0 9
Unknown 1 3 2 0 0 1 7
Total 3 7 9 0 0 2 21

Total Victims

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female 10,190 6,791 15,742 74 149 1,132 34,078
Male 9,946 6,654 13,963 69 145 953 31,730
Unknown 31 25 56 0 0 28 140
Grand Total 20,167 13,470 29,761 143 294 2,113 65,948

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Alleged and Confirmed Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Alleged Victims Confirmed Victims Unconfirmed Victims Percent Confirmed
1 Lubbock 13,550 3,923 9,627 29.0%
2 Abilene 9,294 2,537 6,757 27.3%
3 Arlington 69,698 15,883 53,815 22.8%
4 Tyler 15,117 3,096 12,021 20.5%
5 Beaumont 11,081 2,168 8,913 19.6%
6 Houston 53,951 9,009 44,941 16.7%
7 Austin 34,797 7,375 27,422 21.2%
8 San Antonio 37,235 8,382 28,853 22.5%
9 Midland 8,664 2,141 6,523 24.7%
10 El Paso 9,246 2,487 6,759 26.9%
11 Edinburg 35,284 8,934 26,349 25.3%
Out of State 54 13 41 24.1%
State 297,971 65,948 232,021 22.1%

CPS Confirmed Victims Where the Confirmed Perpetrator was a Parent
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Confirmed Victims
1 Lubbock 3,868
2 Abilene 2,491
3 Arlington 15,441
4 Tyler 3,013
5 Beaumont 2,127
6 Houston 8,734
7 Austin 7,102
8 San Antonio 8,219
9 Midland 2,093
10 El Paso 2,452
11 Edinburg 8,758
State 64,298

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Characteristics Of Perpetrators In Confirmed Investigations of Child Abuse/Neglect
Fiscal Year 2011

Perpetrator Characteristic: Age

Age Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Under 18 816 1.5% 1,464 2.8% 2 0.0% 2,282 4.3%
18-25 10,511 19.8% 5,607 10.6% 8 0.0% 16,126 30.4%
26-35 11,942 22.5% 8,416 15.8% 12 0.0% 20,370 38.3%
36-45 4,616 8.7% 4,847 9.1% 6 0.0% 9,469 17.8%
Over 45 1,992 3.7% 2,844 5.4% 1 0.0% 4,837 9.1%
Invalid 5 0.0% 17 0.0% 20 0.0% 42 0.1%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Marital Status

Marital Status Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Married 7,001 13.2% 7,463 14.0% 0 0.0% 14,464 27.2%
Widowed 241 0.5% 99 0.2% 0 0.0% 340 0.6%
Separated 1,764 3.3% 1,248 2.3% 0 0.0% 3,012 5.7%
Divorced 2,138 4.0% 1,254 2.4% 0 0.0% 3,392 6.4%
Single 8,909 16.8% 4,504 8.5% 0 0.0% 13,413 25.2%
Unknown 9,046 17.0% 7,105 13.4% 47 0.1% 16,198 30.5%
Not Applicable (Under 18) 783 1.5% 1,522 2.9% 2 0.0% 2,307 4.3%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Anglo 11,962 22.5% 8,083 15.2% 2 0.00% 20,047 37.7%
African American 5,465 10.3% 3,913 7.4% 0 0.00% 9,378 17.7%
Hispanic 11,473 21.6% 9,692 18.2% 3 0.01% 21,168 39.8%
Native American 63 0.1% 44 0.1% 0 0.00% 107 0.2%
Asian 158 0.3% 151 0.3% 0 0.00% 309 0.6%
Other 761 1.4% 1,312 2.5% 44 0.08% 2,117 4.0%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Relation to Oldest Victim

Relation to Oldest Victim Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Parent 26,676 50.2% 14,895 28.0% 0 0.0% 41,571 78.2%
Grandparent 1,449 2.7% 817 1.5% 0 0.0% 2,266 4.3%
Sibling/Other Relative 392 0.7% 1,818 3.4% 7 0.0% 2,217 4.2%
Aunt/Uncle 548 1.0% 1,130 2.1% 1 0.0% 1,679 3.2%
Parent's Paramour 291 0.5% 3,339 6.3% 2 0.0% 3,632 6.8%
Other  526 1.0% 1,196 2.3% 39 0.1% 1,761 3.3%

Total Perpetrators

Total FY11 Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Total Perpetrators 29,882 56.2% 23,195 43.7% 49 0.1% 53,126 100%

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Monthly Average Number of Families Receiving Preservation Services
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Regular Intensive Moderate Strengthening Families Initiative Contracted Total
1 Lubbock 714 1 182 0 0 897
2 Abilene 232 0 209 0 0 441
3 Arlington 1,907 11 759 0 59 2,736
4 Tyler 560 0 50 0 0 610
5 Beaumont 227 0 47 0 0 274
6 Houston 2,202 1 484 0 0 2,687
7 Austin 702 14 263 0 0 979
8 San Antonio 1,765 3 98 0 0 1,866
9 Midland 325 4 86 0 0 415
10 El Paso 405 0 44 0 0 449
11 Edinburg 1,976 4 287 1 0 2,268
Out of State 0 0 1 0 0 1
Total 11,015 38 2,510 1 59 13,623

Annual Number of Families Receiving Preservation Services Fiscal Year 2011

Region Regular Intensive Moderate Strengthening Families Initiative Contracted Total
1 Lubbock 1,498 5 408 0 0 1,911
2 Abilene 642 1 578 0 1 1,222
3 Arlington 4,817 31 1,924 2 197 6,971
4 Tyler 1,166 2 176 1 1 1,346
5 Beaumont 550 1 148 0 0 699
6 Houston 4,879 6 1,141 0 0 6,026
7 Austin 1,578 35 662 0 0 2,275
8 San Antonio 4,304 10 234 0 1 4,549
9 Midland 776 9 258 0 0 1,043
10 El Paso 940 0 107 0 1 1,048
11 Edinburg 4,851 20 815 10 1 5,697
Out of State 1 0 2 0 1 4
Total 26,002 120 6,453 13 203 32,791

Family Preservation Services is under the umbrella of Family Based Safety Services (FBSS).
Family Preservation Services are services provided to the child and the family without removing the child from the home.
Note: Families may receive more than one type of service.

Strengthening Families Initiative Services ended in October 2010

Contracted Regular, Intensive, and Moderate were collapsed into one column for FY 2011

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Monthly Average Number of Families Receiving Reunification Services per Month
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Regular Intensive Moderate Strengthening Families Initiative Contracted Total
1 Lubbock 92 0 2 0 0 94
2 Abilene 65 0 0 0 0 65
3 Arlington 318 0 3 0 0 321
4 Tyler 101 0 0 0 0 101
5 Beaumont 46 0 1 0 0 47
6 Houston 238 0 5 0 0 243
7 Austin 252 0 1 0 0 253
8 San Antonio 175 0 1 0 0 176
9 Midland 62 0 0 0 0 62
10 El Paso 35 1 0 0 0 36
11 Edinburg 151 2 12 0 0 165
Out of State 1 0 0 0 0 1
Total 1,536 3 25 0 0 1,564

Annual Number of Families Receiving Reunification Services
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Regular Intensive Moderate Strengthening Families Initiative Contracted Total
1 Lubbock 223 0 5 0 0 228
2 Abilene 166 0 0 0 0 166
3 Arlington 900 0 11 0 1 912
4 Tyler 307 0 0 0 0 307
5 Beaumont 140 0 4 0 0 144
6 Houston 728 0 12 0 0 740
7 Austin 671 2 3 0 0 676
8 San Antonio 491 0 3 0 0 494
9 Midland 151 0 0 0 0 151
10 El Paso 102 1 2 0 0 105
11 Edinburg 441 4 36 3 0 484
Out of State 3 0 0 0 0 3
Total 4,323 7 76 3 1 4,410

Family Reunification Services are under the umbrella of Family Based Safety Services (FBSS).
Family Reunification Services are provided to the family as a child is returning home from court-ordered substitute care.
Note: Families may receive more than one type of service.

Strengthening Families Initiative Services ended in October 2010

Contracted Regular, Intensive, and Moderate were collapsed into one column for FY 2011

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Children in Foster Care by County During
Fiscal Year 2011

State Total: 31,092

Region Children in Foster Care
Region 1 1,884
Region 2 966
Region 3 6,062
Region 4 1,742
Region 5 1,048
Region 6 6,327
Region 7 3,500
Region 8 4,900
Region 9 1,099
Region 10 621
Region 11 2,943
Total 31,092

Children in Foster Care by County During, Fiscal Year 2011 by County

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Number of Children Removed from Home as a Result of CPS Abuse/Neglect Investigation

Fiscal Year As a Result of an Investigation From Family Based Safety Services* From Family Substitute Care Services Total
2007 11,650 3,946 324 15,920
2008 10,808 3,276 211 14,295
2009 8,527 3,404 176 12,107
2010 11,266 4,815 266 16,347
2011 12,148 4,717 243 17,108

*Removals from Family Based Safety Services includes Family Preservation and Family Reunification
Note: The data presented in this chart have been modified to more accurately report where a removal occurred and therefore will not match prior data books.

Point of Prevalence* for Children Entering Substitute Care
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Point Prevalence*
Lubbock (1) 4.3
Abilene (2) 3.0
Arlington (3) 1.9
Tyler (4) 3.9
Beaumont (5) 2.8
Houston (6) 2.1
Austin (7) 3.0
San Antonio (8) 4.3
Midland (9) 3.8
El Paso (10) 1.1
Edinburg (11) 2.4
State 2.6

*Point of prevalence is the number of children entering substitute care per 1,000 children in the region.

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Where are Children in DFPS Care?

… of the 28,463 children in DFPS substitute care on August 31, 2011:

17,183 children were in Foster Care.

11,280 children were in other types of Substitute Care

… of the 17,183 children were in Foster Care

  • 11,797 children placed in Child Placing Agency (CPA) Foster Homes. Foster homes are families who accept foster children into their homes. These foster homes are recruited, trained, verified and managed by private CPAs. DFPS has contracts with over 100 CPAs. The majority of CPA foster homes are verified to provide therapeutic foster care services. 508 of these children were place in Kinship Verified Foster Homes.

  • 2,147 children placed in DFPS Foster Homes. These are families who accept foster children into their homes and are recruited, trained, verified and managed by DFPS. The majority provide basic foster care services. 223 of these children were place in Kinship Verified Foster Homes.

  • 782 children were placed in Basic Child Care. These are typically cottage and campus type settings meeting basic child needs.

  • 1,509 children were placed in Residential Treatment Centers. An RTC is a very structured setting for children with serious emotional disturbance or mental health issues.

  • 553 children were placed in Emergency Shelters. These are intended for stays of less than 30 days.

  • 395 children were placed in Other types of foster care such as camps, maternity homes hospitals, juvenile detention, ICF-MR, HCS homes, state schools & hospitals.

... of the 11,280 children in other types of Substitute Care

  • 9,858 children were placed in Kinship Care. DFPS supports relative caregivers by assisting with initial costs of accepting a child and through ongoing case management.

  • 472 children were in pending adoptions in CPA Adoptive Homes.

    • Verified Kinship Caregiver (Foster Parent)

      A verified kinship caregiver is licensed or verified as a foster parent to provide 24-hour residential care for a child, in accordance with Chapter 42 of the Human Resources Code and related regulations.

      Verification as a foster parent is offered by either:

        •  DFPS through the CPS Foster and Adoptive Home Development program (FAD); or

        •  a private child-placing agency.

  • 396 children were in pending adoptions in DFPS Adoptive Homes.

  • 554 children were placed in Other Substitute Care which includes independent living programs, unauthorized absences and court ordered placements.

Notes

A. The 28,463 children includes 588 youth over the age of 18 in foster care, but who have "aged-out" of the legal conservatorship of DFPS.

B. There are a total of 30,204 children in DFPS legal responsibility. 2,329 are in legal conservatorship of DFPS but not in substitute care; the majority of these children are in a reunification stage and are living with their families of origin.

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Demographics of Children in Foster Care at the End of the Year By Fiscal Year 2011

Characteristic: Age

Age Aug 2008 Number Aug 2008 Percent Aug 2009 Number Aug 2009 Percent Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent
Birth - 2 3,623 21.1% 3,319 20.8% 3,868 22.7% 3,797 22.1%
3-5 2,497 14.5% 2,249 14.1% 2,711 15.9% 2,903 16.9%
6-9 3,068 17.9% 2,679 16.8% 2,782 16.3% 2,948 17.2%
10-13 3,090 18.0% 2,930 18.4% 2,959 17.4% 2,972 17.3%
14-17 4,395 25.6% 4,225 26.5% 4,102 24.1% 3,976 23.1%
18-21 513 3.0% 530 3.3% 605 3.6% 587 3.4%

Characteristic: Gender

Gender Aug 2008 Number Aug 2008 Percent Aug 2009 Number Aug 2009 Percent Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent
Male 9,245 53.8% 8,689 54.5% 9,203 54.0% 9,308 54.2%
Female 7,940 46.2% 7,243 45.5% 7,824 46.0% 7,874 45.8%
Unknown 1 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 1 0.0%

Characteristic: Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Aug 2008 Number Aug 2008 Percent Aug 2009 Number Aug 2009 Percent Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent
Anglo 5,094 29.6% 4,522 28.4% 5,008 29.4% 5,044 29.4%
African American 5,104 29.7% 4,903 30.8% 5,174 30.4% 5,199 30.3%
Hispanic 6,587 38.3% 6,169 38.7% 6,479 38.1% 6,545 38.1%
Native American 41 0.2% 49 0.3% 45 0.3% 51 0.3%
Asian 61 0.4% 52 0.3% 58 0.3% 59 0.3%
Other 299 1.7% 237 1.5% 263 1.5% 285 1.7%

Totals

Totals of Characteristics Aug 2008 Number Aug 2008 Percent Aug 2009 Number Aug 2009 Percent Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent
Total 17,186 100% 15,932 100% 17,027 100.00% 17,183 100%

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Point of Prevalence* for Children in Substitute Care at The End of Fiscal Year 2011

Region Point Prevalence*
Lubbock (1) 8.1
Abilene (2) 5.7
Arlington (3) 2.8
Tyler (4) 5.4
Beaumont (5) 4.3
Houston (6) 4.2
Austin (7) 4.2
San Antonio (8) 7.2
Midland (9) 6.6
El Paso (10) 2.0
Edinburg (11) 3.2
State 4.2

*Point of prevalence is the number of children entering substitute care per 1,000 children in the region. Includes children ages 0 - 17.

Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility, in Substitute Care or in Foster Care Placements at the End of Fiscal Year 2011

Region DFPS Legal Responsibility Substitute Care Foster Care*
Lubbock (1) 1,916   1,792   1,174  
Abilene (2) 864   784   537  
Arlington (3) 5,435   5,150   3,236  
Tyler (4) 1,563   1,456   885  
Beaumont (5) 863   801   582  
Houston (6) 7,192   6,832   3,654  
Austin (7) 3,275   3,023   1,854  
San Antonio (8) 5,082   4,943   2,791  
Midland (9) 1,075   990   634  
El Paso (10) 527   495   350  
Edinburg (11) 2,412   2,197   1,486  
State 30,204 28,463 17,183

Note: Includes youth who have aged out of DFPS legal responsibility but remain in foster care.

* Foster Care is a subset of Substitute Care

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Legal Status of Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility

Legal Status Aug 2009 Number Aug 2009 Percent Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent
Care, Custody & Control* 62 0.2% 36 0.1% 25 0.1%
Temporary Managing Conservatorship** 12,843 48.5% 16,612 57.5% 17,489 57.9%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Not Terminated 3,367 12.7% 2,929 10.1% 3,110 10.3%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Terminated (ALL) 9,624 36.4% 8,885 30.8% 9,147 30.3%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Terminated (One Parent) 526 2.0% 397 1.4% 396 1.3%
Possessory Conservatorship**** 41 0.2% 34 0.1% 37 0.1%
Total 26,463 100% 28,893 100% 30,204 100%

* Care, Custody and Control - In some counties in Texas, this type of custody is given at an Ex Parte Hearing rather than appointing a temporary managing conservator. This provides legal authority for DFPS to ensure a child's safety and meet a child's basic needs for shelter, food, education.

** Temporary Managing Conservatorship - TMC is awarded to DFPS as a result of a court hearing and written order and continues until a judge issues another order changing the legal status. It authorizes DFPS to act in the child's best interest and has exclusive rights including but not limited to the following: designating the primary residence of a child, make decisions concerning the child's education, consent to marriage or enlistment in the armed forces.

*** Permanent Managing Conservatorship - PMC is awarded to DFPS as a result of a court hearing and written order. PMC authorizes DFPS to act in the child's best interest and have the rights of a Managing Conservator on a permanent basis.

**** Possessory Conservatorship - A judge appoints a parent as Possessory Conservator who is not appointed as a sole or joint managing conservator, unless this appointment is not in the best interest of the child. Possessory Conservators are provided with visitation orders,unless access would endanger the child physically or emotionally.

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Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility by Living Arrangement at the End of Each Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year Non-Foster Care Foster Care Total % Change
2008 12,103 16,673 28,776 -6.4%
2009 11,061 15,402 26,463 -8.0%
2010 12,471 16,422 28,893 9.2%
2011 13,608 16,596 30,204 4.5%

Note: Foster care totals exclude youth over 18 who remain in foster care but have aged out of DFPS legal responsibility. Non-foster care placements include adoption, relative, own home and other.

Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility in Non-Foster Care Placements

Fiscal Year Total Non-Foster Care Other* Adoption Relative Own Home
2008 12,103 768 807 8,490 2,038
2009 11,061 630 957 7,673 1,801
2010 12,471 573 815 8,894 2,189
2011 13,608 543 868 9,858 2,339

* Other includes independent living, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities and unauthorized absences.

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Children* in Substitute Care Placements by Living Arrangement Categories As of August 31, 2011

Region CPA Foster - Group Homes & Independent Homes DFPS Foster & Foster Group Homes DFPS Adoptive Homes Private Adoptive Homes Kinship
Lubbock (1) 588 173 16 27 522
Abilene (2) 313 121 13 8 212
Arlington (3) 2,364 367 33 104 1,696
Tyler (4) 554 141 28 36 488
Beaumont (5) 322 165 4 4 203
Houston (6) 2,629 410 174 150 2,719
Austin (7) 1,173 244 42 30 1,056
San Antonio (8) 1,802 194 50 63 1,908
Midland (9) 372 110 11 15 312
El Paso (10) 239 65 5 3 127
Edinburg (11) 1,051 139 20 32 615
Out of State 0 0 0 0 0
Total 11,407 2,129 396 472 9,858
Region General Residential Operation Emergency Shelters Residential Treatment Other Total
Lubbock (1) 147 59 151 74 1,757
Abilene (2) 5 22 51 21 766
Arlington (3) 77 48 212 130 5,031
Tyler (4) 36 19 102 33 1,437
Beaumont (5) 20 17 37 17 789
Houston (6) 68 64 296 206 6,716
Austin (7) 41 57 232 85 2,960
San Antonio (8) 240 167 214 186 4,824
Midland (9) 15 41 62 33 971
El Paso (10) 1 0 21 17 478
Edinburg (11) 69 41 109 70 2,146
Out of State 0 0 0 0 0
Total 719 535 1,487 872 27,875

*Excludes 588 young adults over 18 who have aged out of DFPS conservatorship but remain in DFPS care.

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Permanency Goal of Children in Substitute Care for Whom DFPS had Legal Responsibility Fiscal Year End 2011

Total Children: 24,608

Goal Count Percent
Adoption 12,066 49.0%
Reunification 7,774 31.6%
Permanent Placement with Relatives and Other Caregivers 2,069 8.4%
Alternative Long Term Living 1,435 5.8%
Adult Living 1,264 5.1%
Total Children 24,608 100%

Number of DFPS Foster, Foster/Adoptive and Adoptive Homes As of August 31, 2011

Region Foster Homes Foster/Adoptive Homes* Adoptive Homes**
Lubbock (1) 10         140         18        
Abilene (2) 5         90         13        
Arlington (3) 48         354         102        
Tyler (4) 10         100         55        
Beaumont (5) 18         116         41        
Houston (6) 45         301         224        
Austin (7) 22         181         138        
San Antonio (8) 15         132         91        
Midland (9) 1         77         21        
El Paso (10) 5         38         17        
Edinburg (11) 15         68         26        
Out of State 19         32         12        
Total 213         1,629         758        

* Includes 48 kinship homes.

** Includes 38 legal risk homes and 427 kinship homes.

*** This number does not include homes open only for receipt of adoption subsidy.

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Children Placed in Adoptive Homes by Region Fiscal Year 2011

Region Number of Placements
Lubbock (1) 272
Abilene (2) 133
Arlington (3) 857
Tyler (4) 265
Beaumont (5) 143
Houston (6) 1,102
Austin (7) 633
San Antonio (8) 1,057
Midland (9) 121
El Paso (10) 82
Edinburg (11) 189
State Total 4,854
Total Unique Children 4,842

Demographics of 4,842 Children in Adoptive Homes
Fiscal Year 2011

Age

Age Count Percent
Under 1 year 93 1.9%
1 - 5 years 2,690 55.6%
6 - 12 years 1,581 32.7%
13 years and over 478 9.9%
Total 4,842 100%

Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Count Percent
Anglo 1,330 27.5%
African American 1,398 28.9%
Hispanic 1,999 41.3%
Native American 11 0.2%
Asian 14 0.3%
Other 90 1.9%
Total 4,842 100%

Child Characteristics

Child Characteristics Count Percent
Disabling Condition 1,744 36.0%
No Special Characteristics 3,098 64.0%
Total 4,842 100%

Sex

Sex Count Percent
Female 2,414 49.9%
Male 2,428 50.1%
Total 4,842 100%

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Children with Disabling Conditions Placed in Adoptive Homes Fiscal Year 2011

Total number of children placed in adoptive homes: 4,842

Number of unique children with disabling conditions placed in adoptive homes: 1,744

Disabling Condition Percentage of all Children Placed in Adoptive Homes Number of children with Disabling condition
Drug/Alcohol* 16.5% 798
Learning Disabilities 13.7% 663
Emotionally Disturbed 10.3% 500
Medically Involved 6.4% 310
Physical 0.9% 44
Other** 0.4% 20

* Drug/Alcohol disabling condition can either be due to self abuse or exposure to an individual with the condition.

** Other includes teen parent or pregnant.

Note: Children may be duplicated across categories because some may have more than one disabling condition.

Children in Consummated Adoptions by Type of Agency by Fiscal Year

Legal Status 2008 Number 2008 Percent 2009 Number 2009 Percent 2010 Number 2010 Percent 2011 Number 2011 Percent
DFPS 2,426 53.7% 2,804 57.7% 2,841 59.2% 2,563 55.3%
Non DFPS* 2,091 46.3% 2,055 42.3% 1,962 40.8% 2,072 44.7%
Total Consummations 4,517 100% 4,859 100% 4,803 100% 4,635 100%

* Non DFPS includes private agency adoptions, relative adoptions and out of state adoptions.

Children in Consummated Adoptions by Region Fiscal Year 2011

Region Adoptions Consummated
Lubbock (1) 239
Abilene (2) 115
Arlington (3) 824
Tyler (4) 254
Beaumont (5) 147
Houston (6) 1051
Austin (7) 648
San Antonio (8) 1,014
Midland (9) 102
El Paso (10) 78
Edinburg (11) 163
Total Unique Children 4,635

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Demographics of 4,635 Children in Consummated Adoptions
Fiscal Year 2011

Age

Age Count Percent
Under 1 year 72 1.6%
1 - 5 years 2,560 55.2%
6 - 12 years 1,540 33.2%
13 years and over 463 10.0%
Total 4,635 100%

Gender

Gender Count Percent
Male 2,337 50.4%
Female 2,298 49.6%
Total 4,635 100%

Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Count Percent
Anglo 1,274 27.5%
African American 1,320 28.5%
Hispanic 1,920 41.4%
Native American 13 0.3%
Asian 14 0.3%
Other 94 2.0%
Total 4,635 100.0%

Race/Ethnicity of Children and Adoptive Parents by Fiscal Year

Legal Status 2008 Number 2008 Percent 2009 Number 2009 Percent 2010 Number 2010 Percent 2011 Number 2011 Percent
Race/Ethnicity of parent(s) is same as child 2,789 61.7% 3,109 64.0% 3,085 64.2% 2,811 60.6%
Race/Ethnicity of one or
both parents differs from child's (Transracial)*
1,728 38.3% 1,750 36.0% 1,718 35.8% 1,824 39.4%
Total Adoptions 4,517 100% 4,859 100% 4,803 100% 4,635 100%

* Includes when Race/Ethnicity was not determined.

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CPS Outcomes Based on Data from Fiscal Year 2011

Child Safety Outcomes

Percent of children who remained safe in substitute care
(children in care during FY11 who did not experience a confirmed incident of maltreatment) 99.8%

Absence of Repeat Maltreatment
(child victims with a confirmed allegation within the prior 6 months; applies to children in any stage of care) 97.3%

Permanency Services

Percentage of children with 2 or fewer placements that have been in care 12 months or less 84.8%

Family Preservation Outcomes
(measured from start of services to end of services)
Average length of Service 8.4 months

Family Reunification Outcomes
(measured from removal to placement in own home and termination of DFPS conservatorship)
Percent of children returned to own home 33.4%
Average number of placements per child 1.9 placements
Average length of service 12.8 months
Median length of service 12.0 months
Children reunified with family, with DFPS conservatorship terminated, within 12 months of removal 65.3%

Adoption Services Outcomes
(measured from removal to adoption consummation)
Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility with an adoption consummation 28.8%
Average number of placements per child 3.5 placements
Average length of service 30.9 months

  • From removal to final order 14.1 months
  • From final order to adoptive placement 15.1 months
  • From placement to adoption consummated 1.7 months

Median length of service 25.3 months
Children adopted within 24 months of removal 45.3%

Permanent Relative Care Outcomes
(measured from removal to date DFPS legal responsibility ended)
Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility to a relative placement 27.6%
Average number of placements 2.0 placements
Average length of service 13.1 months
Median length of service 11.5 months

Children re-entering foster care within 12 months of discharge from a previous episode of foster care 5.4%

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CPS Outcomes Based on Data from Fiscal Year 2011

Long-term Substitute Care Outcomes

Emancipation (includes children who left DFPS legal responsibility by emancipation or turning 18)

(measured from removal to date DFPS legal responsibility ended or date child turns 18 years of age)
Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility 8.8%
Average number of placements 7.9 placements
Average length of service 58.2 months
Median length of service 48.5 months

Other Long-term Substitute Care

(measured from removal to date DFPS legal responsibility ended)
Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility 1.4%
Average number of placements 2.6 placements
Average length of service 19.3 months
Median length of service 9.1 months

Fiscal Year 2011 Recidivism Outcomes

For All Stages:

(measured as a new confirmed reason to believe allegation within 12 months of the end of services or a return to
substitute care or new Family Preservation services provided) 7.7%

For Family Preservation:

(measured as a new confirmed reason to believe allegation within 12 months of the end of Family Preservation
services or new Family Preservation services provided) 7.2%

For Family Reunification:

(measured as a new confirmed reason to believe allegation or a return to substitute care within 12 months of the
end of Family Reunification services or new Family Preservation services provided) 17.5%

Substitute Care Outcomes for Cases Open at the End of Fiscal Year 2011

  • Average length of service for children in temporary managing conservatorship: 6.8 months
  • Median length of service for children in temporary managing conservatorship: 5.7 months
  • Average length of service for children in permanent managing conservatorship: 40.2 months
  • Median length of service for children in permanent managing conservatorship: 27.6 months

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Status of Children No Longer in DFPS Legal Responsibility
Fiscal Year 2011

Total Children: 16,087

Outcome Count Percent
Family Reunification 5,372 33.4%
Custody Given To Relatives 4,441 27.6%
Adoption Consummated 4,635 28.8%
Children Emancipated 1,410 8.8%
Other 229 1.4%
State 16,087 100%

* Of the 1,410 youth emancipated in FY10, 1,084 were
emancipated from paid foster care.
** Other includes children absent without permission, children in
court ordered or independent living placements; children for whom
conservatorship was never obtained and children with a missing
discharge reason.

Average Length of Time in Months for Children
Leaving DFPS Responsibility by Type of Exit and Region
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Family Reunification Relative Care Adoption Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Lubbock (1) 15.1 12.1 32.7 69.6 28.9
Abilene (2) 12.1 14.5 30.1 58.9 6.0
Arlington (3) 11.3 11.4 29.6 57.0 12.1
Tyler (4) 12.5 10.6 28.5 49.6 30.1
Beaumont (5) 14.1 15.7 26.8 53.5 49.6
Houston (6) 14.2 15.2 33.9 66.1 23.1
Austin (7) 11.8 12.4 27.3 55.6 13.5
San Antonio (8) 12.6 13.5 30.5 61.1 13.4
Midland (9) 14.4 12.8 30.1 47.3 15.7
El Paso (10) 12.8 14.1 33.2 52.5 29.9
Edinburg (11) 13.2 14.2 41.0 43.6 16.1
State 12.8 13.1 30.9 58.2 19.3

Average Length of Time in Months for Children
Leaving DFPS Responsibility by Type of Exit and Race/Ethnicity
Fiscal Year 2011

Race/Ethnicity Family Reunification Relative Care Adoption Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Anglo 12.8 12.6 28.0 55.5 23.7
African American 12.4 13.3 32.7 66.5 21.0
Hispanic 13.2 13.5 31.8 54.1 16.3
Native American 14.6 3.9 34.3 49.6 5.8
Asian 5.8 12.4 31.4 12.9 0.0
Other 11.1 11.9 27.6 46.2 12.3
State 12.8 13.1 30.9 58.2 19.3

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Average Number of Out-of-Home Placements for Children Who Attained Permanency Fiscal Year 2011

Region Family Reunification Relative Care Adoption Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Lubbock (1) 2.4 2.0 3.7 8.4 4.4
Abilene (2) 1.8 2.2 3.5 7.8 2.0
Arlington (3) 1.7 1.9 3.5 7.4 2.5
Tyler (4) 1.9 1.9 3.2 6.9 4.9
Beaumont (5) 2.0 2.2 3.2 6.4 5.3
Houston (6) 1.9 2.0 3.3 8.4 2.8
Austin (7) 1.7 1.8 3.4 8.5 1.7
San Antonio (8) 2.0 2.0 3.7 9.1 1.7
Midland (9) 2.0 2.0 3.5 6.1 2.4
El Paso (10) 1.5 2.3 3.6 7.6 2.7
Edinburg (11) 2.0 2.3 4.0 5.9 2.0
State Total 1.9 2.0 3.5 7.9 2.6

Note: The average number of placements per child in substitute care for all children who attained permanency is 2.9 placements.

Length of Time in Care for Children Who Achieved Permanency Status*

Year: 2011

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months 57.1%
13 to 24 months 25.6%
More than 24 months 17.2%

Year: 2010

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months 51.1%
13 to 24 months 26.1%
More than 24 months 22.8%

Year: 2009

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months 50.0%
13 to 24 months 28.7%
More than 24 months 21.4%

Year: 2008

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months 55.2%
13 to 24 months 27.5%
More than 24 months 17.3%

Year: 2007

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months 62.7%
13 to 24 months 24.0%
More than 24 months 13.3%

* Children who left substitute care via an own home, permanent relative placement or adoption consummation and DFPS legal responsibility was ended.

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Average Monthly Number of Children and Young Adults, FTEs*
in Paid Foster Care by Service Levels
Fiscal Year 2011

Service Level Number of Children & Young Adults Number of FTEs
Basic 11,338 10,047
Child Specific** 40 36
Emergency Shelter 978 612
Intense 291 258
Moderate 3,551 3,246
Psychiatric Transition 17 12
Specialized 2,737 2,490
Total 18,952*** 16,701

Unduplicated Count: 18,446

Note: Calculations exclude children where cost of care was not covered by Title IV-E or state paid foster care.

* An FTE is calculated by dividing the number of paid foster care days in the month by the number of days in a month.
** Child Specific contracts do not have an actual level of care.
*** Duplicated count due to changes in service levels during the month.
Note: For HHSC 24-Hour Residential Child Care Facilities Rates go to
http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/PCS/rates_childcare_reimbursement.asp

Foster Care Expenditures by Source Fiscal Year 2011

Total Expenditures: $380,505,872

Service Level Expenditures Percent
Title IV-E $118,539,887.98 31%
State Paid $261,965,984.06 69%
Total $380,505,872.04 100%

Title IV-E Federal Foster Care Program Description

The Federal Foster Care Program helps States provide safe and stable out-of-home care for children until the children are safely returned home, placed permanently with adoptive families or placed in other planned arrangements for permanency. Funds are available for: monthly maintenance payments to eligible foster care providers; administrative costs to manage the program; training staff and foster parents; foster parent recruitment; and other related expenses.

State Paid Foster Care may be funded with Federal Block Grant (TANF)

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Children and Young Adults* in Paid Foster Care Monthly Average by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year State Paid Children in Foster Care** State Paid Young Adults* in Foster Care** Title IV-E Children in Foster Care Title IV-E Young Adults* Foster Care Total Children & Young Adults in Foster Care*** % Change from Previous Fiscal Year
2007 5,002 618 14,335 533 20,488 -0.13%
2008 4,673 651 12,828 546 18,698 -8.74%
2009 4,344 700 11,485 545 17,074 -8.69%
2010 4,308 783 11,936 558 17,585 2.99%
2011 4,562 821 12,569 509 18,461 4.98%

Children and Young Adults* in Paid Foster Care Monthly Average by Region
Fiscal Year 2011

Region State Paid Children in Foster Care** State Paid Young Adults* in Foster Care** Title IV-E Children in Foster Care Title IV-E Young Adults* Foster Care Total Children & Young Adults in Foster Care***
Lubbock (1) 280 50 866 32 1,228
Abilene (2) 109 28 471 24 632
Arlington (3) 841 162 2,317 80 3,400
Tyler (4) 356 41 579 25 1,001
Beaumont (5) 172 23 388 13 596
Houston (6) 867 150 2,835 124 3,976
Austin (7) 692 127 1,138 38 1,995
San Antonio (8) 726 127 2,010 83 2,946
Midland (9) 130 21 496 25 672
El Paso (10) 54 17 271 28 370
Edinburg (11) 335 75 1,199 38 1,647
Unknown 1 0 1 0 2
Total*** 4,563 821 12,571 510 18,465

Unduplicated Count: 18,446

* A young adult is any person in foster care who was 18 to 21 years of age at anytime during the fiscal year.
** State Paid Foster Care may be funded with Federal Block Grant (TANF).
*** Some children are served in more than one region and/or eligibility type in a month.

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Families and Children Receiving Kinship Caregiver Monetary Assistance
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Family Served Children Served
Lubbock (1) 333 557
Abilene (2) 150 255
Arlington (3) 1,551 2,660
Tyler (4) 260 460
Beaumont (5) 178 286
Houston (6) 1,712 3,038
Austin (7) 736 1,295
San Antonio (8) 712 1,371
Midland (9) 199 334
El Paso (10) 104 188
Edinburg (11) 481 950
Unknown 115 195
Total 6,531 11,589

Families and Children Kinship Caregiver Monetary Assistance Payments
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Total Integration Payments Total Flexible Support Payments Total Relative Caregiver Support
Lubbock (1) $218,000.00 $205,000.00 $423,000.00 
Abilene (2) 98,000.00  130,000.00 228,000.00 
Arlington (3) 901,000.00  1,357,000.00 2,258,000.00 
Tyler (4) 192,000.00  226,500.00 418,500.00 
Beaumont (5) 78,000.00  136,500.00 214,500.00 
Houston (6) 679,000.00  1,537,000.00 2,216,000.00 
Austin (7) 437,000.00  683,500.00 1,120,500.00 
San Antonio (8) 469,500.00  690,000.00 1,159,500.00 
Midland (9) 85,000.00  169,500.00 254,500.00 
El Paso (10) 65,000.00  90,000.00 155,000.00 
Edinburg (11) 168,000.00  507,000.00 675,000.00 
Unknown 45,000.00  93,000.00  138,000.00 
Total $3,435,500.00 $5,825,000.00 $9,260,500.00

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Average Number of Children Provided Adoption Subsidy* by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year State Paid Adoption Subsidies Title IV-E Adoption Subsidies Total Children Provided Adoption Subsidy % Change from Previous Fiscal Year
2007 5,487 16,900 22,387 10.30%
2008 5,789 19,140 24,929 11.35%
2009 6,149 21,609 27,758 11.35%
2010 6,578 24,210 30,788 10.92%
2011 6,829 26,477 33,306 8.18%

Average Number of Children Provided Adoption Subsidy* per Month by Region, Fiscal Year 2011

Region Clients
Lubbock (1) 1,658
Abilene (2) 862
Arlington (3) 7,058
Tyler (4) 1,399
Beaumont (5) 1,096
Houston (6) 7,337
Austin (7) 4,416
San Antonio (8) 6,761
Midland (9) 589
El Paso (10) 775
Edinburg (11) 1,352
Unknown 3

*Subsidy includes financial payments only, not medical and non-recurring subsidies.

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Number of Children Provided Permanency Care Assistance* by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year State Paid Permanency Care Assistance Title IV-E Permanency Care Assistance Total Children Provided Permanency Care Assistance % Change from Previous Fiscal Year
2011 34 170 204 N/A

Note: The Permanency Care Assistance program began in FY2011.

Number of Children Provided Permanency Care Assistance* by Region,
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Clients
Lubbock (1) 2
Abilene (2) 22
Arlington (3) 48
Tyler (4) 19
Beaumont (5) 6
Houston (6) 9
Austin (7) 31
San Antonio (8) 18
Midland (9) 14
El Paso (10) 6
Edinburg (11) 29
Unknown 0

*Does not include non-recurring payments.

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Average Number of Children and Families Receiving Purchased Services per Month
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Living at Home Living Out of Home Post Adoption Total Children Total Adults Total Clients
Lubbock (1) 495 453 139 1,087 942 2,029
Abilene (2) 144 276 89 509 455 964
Arlington (3) 1,185 1,580 129 2,894 2,108 5,002
Tyler (4) 388 413 43 844 1,048 1,892
Beaumont (5) 155 231 101 487 361 848
Houston (6) 681 1,632 162 2,475 3,305 5,780
Austin (7) 486 782 91 1,359 1,925 3,284
San Antonio (8) 829 964 94 1,887 2,292 4,179
Midland (9) 128 229 57 414 587 1,001
El Paso (10) 69 149 91 309 160 469
Edinburg (11) 676 463 3 1,142 2,202 3,344
Total 5,236 7,172 999 13,407 15,385 28,792

Note: Averages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Average Monthly Percent of Children Receiving CPS Purchased Services by Region

Region Number of
In-Home Children
Receiving
Purchased Services
Total Number
of In-Home
Children
% of In-Home
Children Receiving
Purchased Services
Number of Children
in Substitute Care
Receiving
Purchased Services
Total Number of
Children in
Substitute Care
% of Children in
Substitute Care
Receiving
Purchased Services
Lubbock (1) 495 2,734 18.1% 453 1,759 25.8%
Abilene (2) 144 1,336 10.8% 276 890 31.0%
Arlington (3) 1,185 8,300 14.3% 1,580 5,377 29.4%
Tyler (4) 388 1,890 20.5% 413 1,576 26.2%
Beaumont (5) 155 804 19.3% 231 788 29.3%
Houston (6) 681 8,450 8.1% 1,632 7,266 22.5%
Austin (7) 486 3,589 13.5% 782 3,240 24.1%
San Antonio (8) 829 5,964 13.9% 964 4,831 20.0%
Midland (9) 128 1,282 10.0% 229 1,014 22.6%
El Paso (10) 69 1,445 4.8% 149 555 26.9%
Edinburg (11) 676 7,752 8.7% 463 2,329 19.9%
Total 5,236 43,546 12.0% 7,172 29,626 24.2%

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Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)

FGDM is a part of the CPS process to be family-centered. The goal is to enhance safety, permanency, and well-being for children by providing direct services and support services to their caregivers, whether biological or through affinity. FGDM describes a variety of practices to work with and engage families in problem solving, including Family Team Meetings (FTM), Family Group Conferences (FGC), and Circles of Support (COS):

  • Family Team Meeting (FTM) is designed as a rapid response to child safety and placement concerns and is used to achieve positive outcomes for children in the earliest stages of interaction between CPS and families.
  • Family Group Conference (FGC) is a process where families join with relatives, friends, and others in the community to develop a plan to ensure children are cared for and protected from future harm. This broader constellation of “family” convenes with information providers/community supports and CPS caseworkers in a unique partnership that empowers the “family group” with a high degree of decision-making authority and responsibility.
  • Circles of Support (COS) is a youth-focused, youth-driven meeting with the primary purpose of developing a plan for older youth to transition from foster care to adulthood. It may be used for other purposes as well. It includes broader participation of the youth’s support network.

Family Team Meetings Conducted By Race/Ethnicity
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Lubbock (1) 258 101 325 1 0 42 727
Abilene (2) 254 61 119 1 1 8 444
Arlington (3) 818 469 370 5 4 87 1,753
Tyler (4) 533 207 69 0 3 30 842
Beaumont (5) 123 96 33 0 0 6 258
Houston (6) 457 580 433 2 8 57 1,537
Austin (7) 650 386 422 0 5 72 1,535
San Antonio (8) 290 109 570 1 1 28 999
Midland (9) 73 20 90 0 0 9 192
El Paso (10) 35 10 140 1 4 3 193
Edinburg (11) 72 28 896 0 0 27 1,023
Other/Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3,563 2,067 3,467 11 26 369 9,503

Family Group Conferences Conducted By Race/Ethnicity Fiscal Year 2011

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Lubbock (1) 147 68 178 6 1 10 410
Abilene (2) 171 40 80 2 0 22 315
Arlington (3) 419 322 196 2 3 51 993
Tyler (4) 208 104 45 0 2 18 377
Beaumont (5) 63 61 9 0 0 6 139
Houston (6) 336 406 215 1 1 49 1,008
Austin (7) 297 228 206 1 2 37 771
San Antonio (8) 196 139 726 1 3 32 1,097
Midland (9) 165 42 162 0 0 19 388
El Paso (10) 8 13 86 1 0 7 115
Edinburg (11) 106 21 996 0 0 23 1,146
Other/Unknown 0 3 0 0 0 1 4
Total 2,116 1,447 2,899 14 12 275 6,763

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Circles of Support Conducted by Race/Ethnicity
Fiscal Year 2011

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Lubbock (1) 73 60 51 0 0 10 194
Abilene (2) 53 21 16 0 0 10 100
Arlington (3) 195 241 100 2 7 23 568
Tyler (4) 50 30 5 0 0 2 87
Beaumont (5) 38 26 1 0 0 3 68
Houston (6) 204 448 198 0 4 38 892
Austin (7) 116 106 68 0 1 20 311
San Antonio (8) 102 87 286 0 1 16 492
Midland (9) 67 14 45 0 0 4 130
El Paso (10) 7 2 33 0 0 9 51
Edinburg (11) 21 15 159 0 0 11 206
Total 926 1,050 962 2 13 146 3,099

Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Services
Youth Ages 16 through 20

The Transitional Services Program includes Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program services to help youth aging out of foster care prepare for adult life, and assist with the initial transition to adult living. PAL services ensure that DFPS foster youth and those aging out of care receive the tools, resources, supports, and personal and community connections they need to become self-sufficient adult. Supportive services and benefits are provided to eligible youth ages 16 to 21, and in some cases up to age 23 for certain educational/vocational needs, to assist when they leave foster care.

Fiscal Year Eligible and Served Eligible and Not Served Total
2007 7,639 717 8,356
2008 7,622 988 8,610
2009 7,735 889 8,624
2010 7,701 996 8,697
2011 8,139 789 8,928

Note: 567 youth who were not served in FY 2011 received services prior to FY 2011.

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Fiscal Year 2004 and 2011 Daily Statistics

Total DFPS Calls Per Day

2004 1,987
2011 2,214

CPS Reports Per Day

2004 568
2011 609

Completed Investigations Per Day

2004 379
2011 480

Confirmed Investigations Per Day

2004 89
2011 107

Alleged Victims Per Day

2004 613
2011 816

Confirmed Victims Per Day

2004 138
2011 181

Children Removed Per Day

2004 37
2011 47

Total Children Exiting CVS Per Day

2004 30
2011 44

Where do children exiting CVS go?

Family Reunification Per Day

2004 11
2011 15

Custody Given to Relatives Per Day

2004 8
2011 12

Adoption Consummated Per Day

2004 7
2011 13

Child Emancipated Per Day

2004 3
2011 4

Other Per Day

2004 2
2011 1

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