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CPS
Child protective Services Overview

Total Average Filled Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff

Caseworkers (Investigation) 1,804.4
Caseworkers (Family-Based Safety Services) 844.9
Caseworkers (Conservatorship) 1,614.2
Caseworkers (FAD) 192.1
Caseworkers (Kinship) 107.2
Caseworkers (Other Workers) 170.6
Supervisors 733.9
Program Directors/Administrators 172.2
Admin/Clerical 972.9
Case Aides 475.9
Other Staff 810.6
CPS Program Support 335.6
Total CPS Staff 8,234.5

Worker demographic

Turnover Rate  
25.5%
Agency Tenure Less than 1 Year
24.1%
1-3 Years
28.5%
Greater than 3 Years
47.4%
Entry Salary (INV)  
$36,728.96
Entry Salary (Non INV)  
$31,728.96
Average Age  
36.6
Race/Ethnicity African-American
31.2%
Anglo
39.1%
Hispanic
28.2%
Other
1.5%

Supervisor Demographics

Turnover Rate
 
6.6%
Tenure as Supervisor
Less than 1 Year
0.5%
1-3 Years
3.3%
Greater than 3 Years
96.2%
Entry Salary
 
$38,145.96
Average Age
 
41.8
Race/Ethnicity
African-American
26.8%
Anglo
47.0%
Hispanic
24.0%
Other
2.1%

CPS Expenditures

CPS Staff
$468,990,287
Purchased Client Services
$97,853,338
Foster Care Payments
$366,435,555
Adoption Subsidy Payments
$204,998,209
Permanency Care Assistance
$4,734,429
Relative/Other Designated Caregiver Reimbursement Program
$9,455,500
Other Client Services
$4,690,855
Total CPS Expenditures
$1,157,158,173

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 2013

  • Texas State Child Population 7,159,172
  • Children, Alleged Victims 258,996
  • Children in Confirmed Investigations 100,861
  • Children Removed 17,022

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Child Protective Services Vision, Mission, and Values

CPS Vision: “Children First: Protected and Connected”

Mission

The Mission of Child Protective Services is to protect children and to act in the children’s best interest. To seek active involvement of the children’s parents and other family members to solve problems that lead to abuse and neglect.

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 for completed investigations
    • Medical Personnel (17.6%)
  • Allegation confirmed
    • Neglectful Supervision (66.5%)
  • Confirmed perpetrator of abuse/neglect
    • Relationship: Parent (78.3%)
    • Gender: Female (56.6%)
    • Age: Age 26-35 (40.3%)
  • Characteristic of confirmed victim
    • Age: Age 1 to 3 (23.2%)
    • Gender: Female (51.6%)

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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 is 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
  • Social climate
  • Social violence

Caregiver Capability

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Capacity

Quality of Care

  • Quality of connection
  • Emotional care
  • Physical care

Response to CPS

  • Attitude
  • Deception

Maltreatment Pattern

  • Chronicity
  • Current severity
  • Trends

Protective Capacities

  • Protective capacities

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.

NOTES ABOUT CPS DATA

Caseloads

Average daily caseloads are calculated using the methodology set forth by the Legislative Budget Board (LBB).  For each type of caseworker, (Investigation, Family-Based Safety Services, Substitute Care, Foster/Adoptive Home Development and Kinship), the LBB methodology counts the number of open stages.   Caseworkers may have more than one type of stage on their workload.

Intake and Investigation

  • An intake or investigation represents a report of abuse or neglect and can involve multiple children. 
  • The data on completed investigations does not include investigative stages that were administratively closed or merged into another investigation.
  • All completed investigations have a case disposition and a risk finding.
  • A case disposition reflects the finding on the allegations of abuse or neglect and can include any of the following:
    • Confirmed Investigations
      • Reason to believe – Based on preponderance of evidence, staff concluded that abuse or neglect occurred.
    • Unconfirmed Investigations
      • Ruled out - Staff determined, based on available information, 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.
  • A risk finding reflects whether there is a reasonable likelihood of abuse or neglect in the immediate or foreseeable future.  Only those investigations that are identified as risk indicated are eligible to be opened for family preservation or conservatorship services.

Children in DFPS Custody, Substitute Care and Foster Care

  • DFPS custody includes all children under the age of 18 over whom DFPS has legal custody, regardless of their placement.   This includes children living with relatives, in foster care or on a trial home visit with their parents. 
  • Substitute care includes all children who are living in a DFPS out of home placement.  It does not include children in DFPS custody who are living with their parents on a trial home visit.  But unless specifically noted, it does include youth over 18 who are in extended foster care but are not in DFPS custody (because they are legal adults). 
  • Foster care is a subset of substitute care and includes all children living in a verified foster care placement.  It includes children living with relatives who are verified foster parents but does not include children living with relative caregivers who have not been verified as foster parents.
  • Paid foster care is a subset of foster care and includes all children living in a verified foster care placement where the state is making foster care payments.

Race and Ethnicity

As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012 DFPS adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.  As a result, data broken down by race and ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race and ethnicity data in 2011 and before.

Page References for Data Related to Child Protective Services

Prevention and Early Intervention:

State and Region:  105-113, 115, 118, 120, 122
County:  244-249

Staff and Caseloads:

State and Region:  27, 30, 35-36

Cross Subject Summaries:

State and Region:  42, 56-57
County: 150-155, 181-183

Child Abuse and Neglect Reports and Investigations:

State and Region:  37-41
County: 138-143, 144-149, 156-161, 162-167

Child Abuse and Neglect Victims and Perpetrators:

State and Region:  42-45, 46
County: 156-161, 162-167, 168-173

Child Fatalities:

State and Region:   71
County: 174

Family-Based Safety Services:

State and Region:  45
County: 175-180, 181-183

Family Group Decision Making Services

Notes on data: 69
State and Region: 69-70

Removals

State and region: 48
County: 184-189, 190-195

Children and Youth in DFPS Custody, Substitute Care or Foster Care

            Number of Children and Youth:

State and Region: 49, 51, 52
County: 184-189

            Legal Status of Children in DFPS Legal Custody:

State: 52
County: 214-219

            Living Arrangements for Children and Youth in Substitute and Foster Care:

State and Region: 49, 53-54, 58-59
County: 184-189

            Characteristics of Children and Youth in Foster Care

State and Region: 50, 58-59, 60
County: 190-201

            Goals and Exits for Children and Youth

State and Region: 55, 61-62
County:  202-207, 208-213

            Paid Placements and Services

State and Region: 63-68, 115, 117, 119 (FCR), 120-122
County: 223-225, 226-231

Preparation for Adult Living Services

Notes on data: 70
State: 70

Race and ethnicity data:

State and Region: 42, 44, 46, 50, 58, 60
County: 132-137, 168-173, 190-195, 196-201

Residential Child Care Licensing:

Number and Type of Available Residential Child Care Licensing Placements, including foster care

State and Region: 55, 92-95
County: 220-222, 238-243

Inspections and Investigations of Residential Child Care Licensing Operations, including Foster Care Placements

State and Region: 96-103

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Texas Child Population Ages Birth through 17 Years
Fiscal Year 2013

State Total: 7,159,172

Region Child Pop Ages Birth - 17 Years
1 Lubbock
227,979
2 Abilene
130,855
3 Arlington
1,948,238
4 Tyler
275,757
5 Beaumont
187,281
6 Houston
1,768,464
7 Austin
797,593
8 San Antonio
722,369
9 Midland
156,463
10 El Paso
252,265
11 Edinburg
691,908
State Total
7,159,172

Population Data Source: Texas State Data Center, University of Texas (San Antonio). Based on Census 2010 data.

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Child Protective Services Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2013

State Total: 160,240

Region Completed Investigations
Region 1
7,085
Region 2
5,220
Region 3
40,141
Region 4
8,089
Region 5
5,515
Region 6
29,450
Region 7
20,713
Region 8
18,828
Region 9
4,526
Region 10
4,403
Region 11
16,232
Blank/Unknown
38
Total
160,240

Note: 38 investigations did not have the county designated.

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CPS Average Daily Caseload Fiscal Year 2013

Stage of Service
by Region
Investigation Family-based Safety Services Substitute Care Services Foster/Adoptive Home Development Kinship
1 Lubbock
18.7
14.7
34.3
21.8
64.3
2 Abilene
23.8
16.2
28.9
20.1
44.8
3 Arlington
18.5
13.9
31.8
19.2
51.4
4 Tyler
18.1
12.1
32.8
19.1
82.2
5 Beaumont
19.4
14.8
32.2
32.4
80.5
6 Houston
21.5
15.1
27.8
17.2
48.8
7 Austin
21.2
18.6
33.5
20.7
48.2
8 San Antonio
17.9
17.1
34.6
22.5
34.0
9 Midland
24.4
17.0
39.1
23.4
62.8
10 El Paso
19.9
13.7
25.4
22.8
45.7
11 Edinburg
21.1
14.7
32.7
16.4
20.8
State
19.9
15.1
31.8
20.5
48.6

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CPS Average Daily Caseload Fiscal Year 2012

Stage of Service
by Region
Investigation Family-based Safety Services Substitute Care Services Foster/Adoptive Home Development Kinship
1 Lubbock 25.9 15.2 37.0 22.5 78.9
2 Abilene 24.7 17.3 30.2 20.1 33.4
3 Arlington 23.0 13.1 32.1 22.5 48.9
4 Tyler 23.2 11.5 32.1 17.5 67.8
5 Beaumont 20.4 13.3 32.5 30.6 85.6
6 Houston 26.3 11.3 29.6 21.7 56.0
7 Austin 31.4 19.6 36.5 24.5 40.4
8 San Antonio 21.2 17.3 40.5 16.6 31.0
9 Midland 28.0 18.0 36.9 24.3 61.8
10 El Paso 24.3 13.6 25.4 23.7 42.8
11 Edinburg 23.6 14.6 35.8 17.4 20.0
State 24.7 14.3 33.7 21.5 48.4

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CPS Total Initial Intakes and Screened Out Cases
Fiscal Year 2013

Total Initial Intakes

Total Initial Intakes Number Percentage
PN
6,078
2.7%
P1
62,033
27.1%
P2
161,027
70.3%
Total
229,138
100%

Total P2 Intakes

Total P2 Intakes Number Percentage
Not eligible for screening
94,310
58.6%
Eligible and assigned to Screeners
66,717
41.4%
Total
161,027
100%

Eligible and assigned to Screeners

Eligible and assigned to Screeners Number Percentage
Not Screened Out
49,075
73.6%
Screened Out (P2 to PN)
17,642
26.4%
Total
66,717
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 or it involves past abuse/neglect. As of Feb. 1 2013, all PNs are being formally screened.

Risk Assessment Finding of Completed Child Abuse/Neglect Investigations
Fiscal Year 2013

Disposition of Investigation Confirmed Unconfirmed State Total
No Significant Risk Identified
71
8,116
8,187
No Significant Risk Identified (Percent)
0.9%
99.1%
100.0%
Risk Controlled
17,457
82,615
100,072
Risk Controlled (Percent)
17.4%
82.6%
100.0%
Risk Indicated
22,542
6,872
29,414
Risk Indicated (Percent)
76.6%
23.4%
100.0%
Risk Not Applicable Blank/ Invalid
179
22,388
22,567
Rick Not Applicable Blank/Invalid (Percent)
0.8%
99.2%
100.0%
Total
40,249
119,991
160,240
Percent
25.1%
74.9%
100.0%

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

Fiscal Year Completed Investigations Family Violence Indicated Family Violence Not Indicated
2010
169,583
54,842
114,741
2011
175,421
56,068
119,353
2012
166,211
53,705
112,505
2013
160,240
55,754
104,486

* 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

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Case Action for Risk Indicated Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2013

Case Action for Risk Indicated Completed Investigations Count Percentage
Open to Services
27,885
94.8%
Not Open to Services
1,529
5.2%
Total
29,414
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. Reasons for an investigation to be risk indicated but not opened for ongoing services include the family was unwilling to participate in family preservation services and formal legal intervention was not an option, or the family moved and, despite CPS' best efforts, CPS could not locate them to provide services.

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.

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

Validated APS Victims FY2011 Number FY2011 Percent FY2012 Number FY2012 Percent FY2013 Number FY2013 Percent
 
Medical Personnel
34,999
16.5%
33,787
16.9%
33,464
17.6%
 
School
37,540
17.7%
35,100
17.6%
33,146
17.5%
 
Law Enforcement
32,234
15.2%
31,949
16.0%
30,853
16.3%
 
Relative
25,557
12.1%
23,386
11.7%
21,408
11.3%
 
Parent
17,959
8.5%
16,267
8.2%
15,329
8.1%
 
Other
15,165
7.2%
14,577
7.3%
13,482
7.1%
 
Friend-Neighbor
14,602
6.9%
12,638
6.3%
11,601
6.1%
 
Anonymous
11,277
5.3%
10,751
5.4%
10,214
5.4%
 
Community Agency
7,359
3.5%
6,647
3.3%
6,237
3.3%
 
DFPS Staff
5,799
2.7%
5,804
2.9%
5,688
3.0%
 
Legal/Court
2,691
1.3%
2,500
1.3%
2,323
1.2%
 
Day Care Provider
1,949
0.9%
1,804
0.9%
1,769
0.9%
 
Parent's Paramour
925
0%
960
0%
902
0.5%
 
State Agency
928
0%
789
0%
809
0.4%
 
Provider
813
0%
706
0%
771
0.4%
 
Victim
648
0%
560
0%
507
0.3%
 
Unrelated Home Member
411
0%
451
0%
434
0.2%
 
Religious Entity
361
0%
338
0%
390
0.2%
 
24 Hour Care Provider
229
0%
280
0%
277
0.1%
 
Institutional Personnel
171
0%
148
0%
121
0.1%
 
Blank/Unknown
18
0%
18
0%
10
0.0%
 
Financial Institution
14
0%
14
0%
13
0.0%
State Total 
211,649
100%
199,474
100%
189,748
100%

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

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Number of Child Abuse/Neglect Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Total Completed Investigations Confirmed Investigations % Confirmed Investigations Ruled Out Investigations Unable To Determine Investigations Unable To Complete Investigations Total Unconfirmed Investigations % Unconfirmed Investigations
1 Lubbock
7,085
2,019
28.5%
4,193
680
193
5,066
71.5%
2 Abilene
5,220
1,553
29.8%
3,073
543
51
3,667
70.2%
3 Arlington
40,141
10,580
26.4%
22,897
5,824
840
29,561
73.6%
4 Tyler
8,089
2,115
26.1%
5,114
744
116
5,974
73.9%
5 Beaumont
5,515
1,279
23.2%
3,695
470
71
4,236
76.8%
6 Houston
29,450
5,970
20.3%
18,705
3,547
1,228
23,480
79.7%
7 Austin
20,713
4,888
23.6%
14,405
1,173
247
15,825
76.4%
8 San Antonio
18,828
4,864
25.8%
12,581
1,221
162
13,964
74.2%
9 Midland
4,526
1,291
28.5%
2,821
305
109
3,235
71.5%
10 El Paso
4,403
1,272
28.9%
2,711
366
54
3,131
71.1%
11 Edinburg
16,232
4,405
27.1%
10,185
1,356
286
11,827
72.9%
Unknown
38
13
34.2%
10
4
11
25
65.8%
State
160,240
40,249
25.1%
100,390
16,233
3,368
119,991
74.9%

Case Action for Families In Completed Investigations
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Not Opened To Services Family Preservation Family Substitute Care* Total
1 Lubbock
5,695
1,044
346
7,085
2 Abilene
4,239
742
239
5,220
3 Arlington
34,046
4,287
1,808
40,141
4 Tyler
6,865
708
516
8,089
5 Beaumont
4,927
334
254
5,515
6 Houston
24,600
3,464
1,386
29,450
7 Austin
17,975
1,577
1,161
20,713
8 San Antonio
14,491
3,200
1,137
18,828
9 Midland
3,727
506
293
4,526
10 El Paso
3,624
674
105
4,403
11 Edinburg
12,132
3,463
637
16,232
Other
34
0
4
38
State
132,355
19,999
7,886
160,240

*Investigations that resulted in at least one child (not necessarily all children in the home) being removed.

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Children in Cases Opened for Services as a Result of a Completed Investigation
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Family Preservation % Family Preservation Family Substitute Care* Total
1 Lubbock
2,720
75.2%
899
3,619
2 Abilene
1,850
76.4%
572
2,422
3 Arlington
11,079
70.9%
4,543
15,622
4 Tyler
1,728
56.6%
1,327
3,055
5 Beaumont
881
60.0%
588
1,469
6 Houston
9,795
73.1%
3,598
13,393
7 Austin
4,356
58.3%
3,117
7,473
8 San Antonio
8,773
73.9%
3,093
11,866
9 Midland
1,356
66.4%
685
2,041
10 El Paso
1,872
86.7%
286
2,158
11 Edinburg
10,811
85.1%
1,893
12,704
Other
0
0.0%
7
7
Total
55,221
72.8%
20,608
75,829

*Includes all children in the case regardless of victimization. Does not equal the number of children removed.

Point Prevalence* Rate of Child Abuse/Neglect per 1,000 Children in Texas Population per Region
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Confirmed Rate Alleged Rate
1 Lubbock
15.8
52.5
2 Abilene
19.7
65.8
3 Arlington
8.7
32.7
4 Tyler
12.4
47.2
5 Beaumont
11.0
47.3
6 Houston
5.2
26.1
7 Austin
9.6
41.1
8 San Antonio
11.6
43.2
9 Midland
13.7
47.0
10 El Paso
9.0
28.8
11 Edinburg
11.8
40.6
State
9.3
36.2

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

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Confirmed Allegations of Child Abuse/Neglect by Type of Abuse
Fiscal Year 2013

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
635
244
21
9
88
299
2 Abilene
425
207
33
11
81
220
3 Arlington
3,375
1,558
86
45
367
1,088
4 Tyler
614
307
33
12
83
248
5 Beaumont
371
146
13
8
40
214
6 Houston
1,788
1,000
58
40
239
709
7 Austin
1,300
671
45
10
142
393
8 San Antonio
1,254
734
70
15
261
489
9 Midland
451
203
25
10
67
217
10 El Paso
371
171
24
9
82
193
11 Edinburg
1,148
765
84
17
287
624
Unknown
2
3
0
1
0
3
State Total
11,734
6,009
492
187
1,737
4,697

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
2,883
33
4,212
5.5%
3,610
2 Abilene
1,997
18
2,992
3.9%
2,583
3 Arlington
12,888
157
19,564
25.7%
17,006
4 Tyler
2,662
37
3,996
5.2%
3,419
5 Beaumont
1,588
20
2,400
3.1%
2,051
6 Houston
6,431
112
10,377
13.6%
9,116
7 Austin
5,936
93
8,590
11.3%
7,663
8 San Antonio
6,530
69
9,422
12.4%
8,397
9 Midland
1,614
15
2,602
3.4%
2,137
10 El Paso
1,752
21
2,623
3.4%
2,259
11 Edinburg
6,431
83
9,439
12.4%
8,141
Unknown
12
1
22
0.0%
16
State Total
50,724
659
76,239
100.00%
66,398

* Victims have been unduplicated by investigation stage.

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Race/Ethnicity* of Selected CPS Statistics Compared to Texas Child Population
Fiscal Year 2013

Race/Ethnicity of Selected CPS Statistics Compared to Texas Child Population Total African American Anglo Hispanic Native American Other
Texas Child Population
7,159,172
827,289
2,336,977
3,533,665
20,495
440,746
Percent
100%
11.6%
32.6%
49.4%
0.3%
6.2%
CPS Confirmed Victims
66,398
10,676
20,949
30,752
67
3,954
Percent
100%
16.1%
31.6%
46.3%
0.1%
6.0%
Number of Removals**
17,022
3,297
5,410
7,306
10
999
Percent
100%
19.4%
31.8%
42.9%
0.1%
5.9%
Children Opened for Service***
75,829
12,465
20,066
38,730
65
4,503
Percent
100%
16.4%
26.5%
51.1%
0.1%
5.9%

Ethnicity of Children Awaiting Adoption on August 31, 2013 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
6,581
1,644
1,705
2,837
7
388
Percent
100%
25.0%
25.9%
43.1%
0.1%
5.9%
State median Time Waiting for Adoption
10.4
12.1
8.8
10.6
10.0
7.9

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 
** 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 2013

State Total: 66,398

Region Confirmed Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
1 Lubbock                     
3,610
2 Abilene                     
2,583
3 Arlington                   
17,006
4 Tyler                     
3,419
5 Beaumont                     
2,051
6 Houston                     
9,116
7 Austin                     
7,663
8 San Antonio                     
8,397
9 Midland                     
2,137
10 El Paso                     
2,259
11 Edinburg                     
8,141
Blank or Invalid                         
16
State Total                   
66,398

16 confirmed victims did not have a county designated.

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Profile of Confirmed Child Abuse/Neglect Victims*
Fiscal Year 2013

Age: Under 1

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
1,536
1,013
1,972
4
13
377
4,915
Male
1,684
1,104
2,213
3
18
419
5,441
Unknown
5
6
6
0
0
3
20
Total
3,225
2,123
4,191
7
31
799
10,376

Age: 1-3 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
2,348
1,145
3,367
11
30
477
7,378
Male
2,432
1,340
3,700
9
39
491
8,011
Unknown
8
5
17
0
0
7
37
Total
4,788
2,490
7,084
20
69
975
15,426

Age: 4-6 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
2,247
1,040
3,455
7
32
369
7,150
Male
2,213
1,126
3,248
9
40
360
6,996
Unknown
9
4
14
0
0
0
27
Total
4,469
2,170
6,717
16
72
729
14,173

Age: 7-9 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
1,563
728
2,474
2
17
223
5,007
Male
1,573
801
2,348
7
19
241
4,989
Unknown
2
1
10
0
0
2
15
Total
3,138
1,530
4,832
9
36
466
10,011

Age: 10-12 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
1,291
595
2,145
4
23
173
4,231
Male
1,174
514
1,582
2
19
161
3,452
Unknown
3
1
2
0
0
2
8
Total
2,468
1,110
3,729
6
42
336
7,691

Age: 13-17 Years

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
1,750
795
2,760
7
36
214
5,562
Male
1,106
458
1,430
2
16
129
3,141
Unknown
1
0
1
0
0
1
3
Total
2,857
1,253
4,191
9
52
344
8,706

Age Unknown

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
3
0
4
0
0
0
7
Male
1
0
4
0
0
1
6
Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
Total
4
0
8
0
0
3
15

Total Victims

Gender Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Female
10,738
5,316
16,177
35
151
1,833
34,250
Male
10,183
5,343
14,525
32
151
1,802
32,036
Unknown
28
17
50
0
0
17
112
Grand Total
20,949
10,676
30,752
67
302
3,652
66,398

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 

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Alleged and Confirmed Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Alleged Victims Unconfirmed Victims Confirmed Victims Percent Confirmed
1 Lubbock
11,975
8,365
3,610
30.1%
2 Abilene
8,607
6,024
2,583
30.0%
3 Arlington
63,677
46,671
17,006
26.7%
4 Tyler
13,025
9,606
3,419
26.2%
5 Beaumont
8,851
6,800
2,051
23.2%
6 Houston
46,112
36,995
9,116
19.8%
7 Austin
32,757
25,094
7,663
23.4%
8 San Antonio
31,211
22,814
8,397
26.9%
9 Midland
7,358
5,221
2,137
29.0%
10 El Paso
7,275
5,016
2,259
31.1%
11 Edinburg
28,096
19,955
8,141
29.0%
Out of State
52
36
16
30.8%
State
258,996
192,597
66,398
25.6%

Annual Number of Families Receiving Preservation Services Fiscal Year 2013

Region Number of Families Number of Children Children Removed From Home Percent of Children Removed
1 Lubbock
1,551
4,202
167
4.0%
2 Abilene
998
2,550
105
4.1%
3 Arlington
6,273
16,512
799
4.8%
4 Tyler
1,076
2,796
210
7.5%
5 Beaumont
584
1,539
101
6.6%
6 Houston
5,343
15,692
610
3.9%
7 Austin
2,334
6,102
318
5.2%
8 San Antonio
4,575
12,968
906
7.0%
9 Midland
775
2,053
176
8.6%
10 El Paso
991
2,689
143
5.3%
11 Edinburg
4,828
14,894
473
3.2%
Out of State
4
20
0
0.0%
Total
29,332
82,017
4,008
4.9%

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 but the caregiver retains legal custody.
*Children removed from home during Family Preservation. Does not equal total children removed during fiscal year.

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Characteristics Of Perpetrators In Confirmed Investigations of Child Abuse/Neglect
Fiscal Year 2013

Perpetrator Characteristic: Age

Age Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Age Total Percent of Total
Under 18
678
1.3%
1,478
2.8%
1
0.0%
2,157
4.0%
18-25
10,317
19.2%
5,376
10.0%
7
0.0%
15,700
29.2%
26-35
12,809
23.9%
8,788
16.4%
17
0.0%
21,614
40.3%
36-45
4,500
8.4%
4,796
8.9%
7
0.0%
9,303
17.3%
Over 45
2,077
3.9%
2,797
5.2%
2
0.0%
4,876
9.1%
Invalid
6
0.0%
17
0.0%
17
0.0%
40
0.1%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Marital Status

Marital Status Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Marital Status Percent of Total
Married
6,920
12.9%
7,274
13.5%
1
0.0%
14,195
26.4%
Widowed
289
0.5%
119
0.2%
0
0.0%
408
0.8%
Separated
1,768
3.3%
1,184
2.2%
1
0.0%
2,953
5.5%
Divorced
2,150
4.0%
1,284
2.4%
2
0.0%
3,436
6.4%
Single
10,469
19.5%
5,419
10.1%
3
0.0%
15,891
29.6%
Unknown
8,075
15.0%
6,391
11.9%
42
0.1%
14,508
27.0%
Not Applicable (Under 18)
716
1.3%
1,581
2.9%
2
0.0%
2,299
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
12,502
23.3%
8,424
15.7%
5
0.0%
20,931
39.0%
African American
5,391
10.0%
3,776
7.0%
2
0.0%
9,169
17.1%
Hispanic
11,470
21.4%
9,689
18.0%
9
0.0%
21,168
39.4%
Native American
63
0.1%
29
0.1%
0
0.0%
92
0.2%
Asian
165
0.3%
156
0.3%
0
0.0%
321
0.6%
Other
796
1.5%
1,178
2.2%
35
0.1%
2,009
3.7%

Perpetrator Characteristic: Relation to Oldest Victim

Relation to Oldest Victim Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Relationship Total Percent of Total
Parent
27,085
50.4%
14,970
27.9%
9
0.0%
42,064
78.3%
Grandparent
1,437
2.7%
830
1.5%
2
0.0%
2,269
4.2%
Sibling/Other Relative
401
0.7%
1,920
3.6%
3
0.0%
2,324
4.3%
Aunt/Uncle
588
1.1%
1,058
2.0%
0
0.0%
1,646
3.1%
Parent's Paramour
353
0.7%
3,347
6.2%
3
0.0%
3,703
6.9%
Other 
523
1.0%
1,127
2.1%
34
0.1%
1,684
3.1%

Total Perpetrators

Total FY13 Female Percent of Total Male Percent of Total Unknown Percent of Total Race/
Ethnicity
Percent of Total
Total Perpetrators
30,387
56.6%
23,252
43.3%
51
0.1%
53,690
100%

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before.   

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Children in Foster Care by County During
Fiscal Year 2013

State Total: 30,740

Region Children in Foster Care
1 Lubbock
1,746
2 Abilene
952
3 Arlington
6,609
4 Tyler
1,775
5 Beaumont
1,122
6 Houston
5,670
7 Austin
3,404
8 San Antonio
4,887
9 Midland
1,137
10 El Paso
598
11 Edinburg
2,840
Total
30,740

Children in Foster Care by County During, Fiscal Year 2013 by County

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Number of Children Removed from Home Investigation by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year As a Result of an Investigation Froman Open Service Stage* Total
2009
8,527
3,580
12,107
2010
11,266
5,081
16,347
2011
12,148
4,960
17,108
2012
12,538
4,434
16,972
2013
12,629
4,393
17,022

*Removals from open service stages includes Family Preservation, Family Substitute Care 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 per 1,000
Children in Texas Population by Region
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Point Prevalence*
1 Lubbock
3.5
2 Abilene
3.4
3 Arlington
2.0
4 Tyler
4.2
5 Beaumont
2.7
6 Houston
1.6
7 Austin
2.8
8 San Antonio
3.7
9 Midland
4.0
10 El Paso
1.3
11 Edinburg
2.3
State
2.4

*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 27,924 children in DFPS substitute care on August 31, 2013:

16,676 children were in Foster Care.

11,248 children were in other types of Substitute Care

… of the 16,676 children who were in Foster Care

  • 11,782 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. 598 of these children were placed in Kinship Verified Foster Homes.
  • 1,640 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. 451 of these children were place in Kinship Verified Foster Homes.
  • 786 children were placed in Basic Child Care. These are typically cottage and campus type settings meeting basic child needs.
  • 1,508 children were placed in Residential Treatment Centers. An RTC is a very structured setting for children with serious emotional disturbance or mental health issues.
  • 567 children were placed in Emergency Shelters. These are intended for stays of less than 30 days.
  • 393 children were placed in Other types of foster care such as camps, maternity homes, hospitals, juvenile detention, ICFs-IID, HCS homes, state schools & hospitals.

... of the 11,248 children in other types of Substitute Care

  • 10,059 children were placed in Kinship Care. DFPS supports eligible relative caregivers by assisting with initial costs of accepting a child and through ongoing case management.
  • 497 children were in pending adoptions in CPA Adoptive Homes.
  • 225 children were in pending adoptions in DFPS Adoptive Homes.
  • 467 children were placed in Other Substitute Care which includes independent living programs, unauthorized absences and court ordered placements.

Notes

A. The 27,924 children includes 634 youth over the age of 18 in foster care and 2 youth over the age of 18 in substitute care, but who have "aged-out" of the legal conservatorship of DFPS.

B. There are a total of 29,523 children in DFPS legal responsibility. 2,235 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 On August 31 By Fiscal Year

Characteristic: Age

Age Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent Aug 2013 Number Aug 2013 Percent
Birth - 2
3,868
22.7%
3,797
22.1%
3,614
21.6%
3,634
21.8%
3-5
2,711
15.9%
2,903
16.9%
2,766
16.6%
2,837
17.0%
6-9
2,782
16.3%
2,948
17.2%
2,948
17.7%
3,050
18.3%
10-13
2,959
17.4%
2,972
17.3%
2,820
16.9%
2,774
16.6%
14-17
4,102
24.1%
3,976
23.1%
3,947
23.6%
3,747
22.5%
18-21
605
3.6%
587
3.4%
602
3.6%
634
3.8%

Characteristic: Gender

Gender Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent Aug 2013 Number Aug 2013 Percent
Male
9,203
54.0%
9,308
54.2%
9,030
54.1%
8,886
53.3%
Female
7,824
46.0%
7,874
45.8%
7,667
45.9%
7,790
46.7%
Unknown
0
0.0%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%

Characteristic: Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent Aug 2013 Number Aug 2013 Percent
Anglo
5,008
29.4%
5,044
29.4%
5,048
30.2%
4,970
29.8%
African American
4,107
24.1%
4,126
24.0%
3,825
22.9%
3,858
23.1%
Hispanic
6,946
40.8%
6,995
40.7%
6,813
40.8%
6,882
41.3%
Native American
29
0.2%
31
0.2%
22
0.1%
17
0.1%
Asian
44
0.3%
44
0.3%
38
0.2%
47
0.3%
Other
893
5.2%
943
5.5%
951
5.7%
902
5.4%

Totals

Totals of Characteristics Aug 2010 Number Aug 2010 Percent Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent Aug 2013 Number Aug 2013 Percent
Total
17,027
100%
17,183
100%
16,697
100.00%
16,676
100%

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before.   

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Point Prevalence* for Children in Substitute Care per 1,000 Children in Texas Population by Region
on August 31, 2013

Region Point Prevalence*
Lubbock (1)
6.9
Abilene (2)
5.8
Arlington (3)
2.8
Tyler (4)
5.7
Beaumont (5)
4.0
Houston (6)
3.1
Austin (7)
3.8
San Antonio (8)
6.6
Midland (9)
7.4
El Paso (10)
2.0
Edinburg (11)
3.0
State
3.8

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

Legal Status of Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility on August 31, 2013

Legal Status Aug 2011 Number Aug 2011 Percent Aug 2012 Number Aug 2012 Percent Aug 2013 Number Aug 2013 Percent
Care, Custody & Control*
25
0.1%
49
0.2%
65
0.2%
Temporary Managing Conservatorship**
17,489
57.9%
17,332
58.2%
17,572
59.5%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Not Terminated
3,110
10.3%
2,863
9.6%
2,732
9.3%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Terminated (ALL)
9,147
30.3%
9,105
30.6%
8,772
29.7%
Permanent Managing Conservatorship *** Parental Rights Terminated (One Parent)
396
1.3%
400
1.3%
366
1.2%
Possessory Conservatorship****
37
0.1%
26
0.1%
16
0.1%
Total
30,204
100%
29,775
100%
29,523
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, and education.

** Temporary Managing Conservatorship (TMC) - is a court-ordered legal relationship between a child and a parent or nonparent. If a judge appoints DFPS as temporary managing conservator, the court will order DFPS to exercise specific rights and duties, which include but are not limited to the right to have physical possession of the child, the duty of care, control, and protection of the child, the right to designate the primary residence of the child, and the right to make decisions concerning the child's health-care and education. Generally, TMC continues for up to 12 to 18 months at which time the judge issues a final order returning the child home, appointing an individual or DFPS as a Permanent Managing Conservator, and/or terminating parental rights thereby making the child eligible for adoption.

*** Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC) - is the status a court awards to DFPS in a final order. DFPS can be awarded PMC with or without termination of the rights of the child's parents. The rights and duties of a PMC are typically the same as those of the TMC; however, as the PMC, DFPS continues to exercise those rights until the child is adopted, until PMC is transferred to a suitable individual, or the child becomes a legal adult at age 18.

**** Possessory Conservatorship - Although uncommon, DFPS may be appointed Possessory Conservator (PC) in certain situations. As Possessory Conservator, DFPS has more limited rights and duties with respect to the child, as enumerated in the court's order naming DFPS as possessory conservator.

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Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility, in Substitute Care
or in Foster Care Placements on August 31, 2013

Region DFPS Legal Responsibility Substitute Care Foster Care*
1 Lubbock
1,711
1,617
1,074
2 Abilene
829
779
524
3 Arlington
5,957
5,591
3,398
4 Tyler
1,733
1,600
917
5 Beaumont
810
756
522
6 Houston
5,929
5,715
3,383
7 Austin
3,379
3,119
1,635
8 San Antonio
5,115
4,890
2,706
9 Midland
1,241
1,178
692
10 El Paso
566
532
360
11 Edinburg
2,253
2,147
1,465
State
29,523
27,924
16,676

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

* Foster Care is a subset of Substitute Care

Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility, in Substitute Care
or in Foster Care Placements During Fiscal Year

Region DFPS Legal Responsibility Substitute Care Foster Care*
1 Lubbock
2,521
2,426
1,746
2 Abilene
1,333
1,243
952
3 Arlington
9,411
9,110
6,609
4 Tyler
2,754
2,664
1,775
5 Beaumont
1,480
1,415
1,122
6 Houston
9,143
8,924
5,670
7 Austin
5,663
5,443
3,404
8 San Antonio
7,846
7,692
4,887
9 Midland
1,753
1,692
1,137
10 El Paso
849
825
598
11 Edinburg
3,896
3,725
2,840
State
46,649
45,159
30,740

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

* Foster Care is a subset of Substitute Care

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Children in DFPS Legal Responsibility by Living Arrangement on August 31, by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year Non-Foster Care Foster Care Total % Change
2010
12,471
16,422
28,893
9.2%
2011
13,608
16,596
30,204
4.5%
2012
13,680
16,095
29,775
-1.4%
2013
13,481
16,042
29,523
-0.8%

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 on August 31, by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year Total Non-Foster Care Other* Adoption Relative Own Home
2010
12,471
573
815
8,894
2,189
2011
13,608
543
868
9,858
2,339
2012
13,680
484
756
9,982
2,458
2013
13,481
465
722
10,059
2,235

* 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
on August 31, 2013

Region CPA Foster - Group Homes & Independent Homes DFPS Foster & Foster Group Homes DFPS Adoptive Homes Private Adoptive Homes Kinship
1 Lubbock
554
167
14
24
467
2 Abilene
363
63
4
7
233
3 Arlington
2,550
338
19
109
1,985
4 Tyler
552
146
25
37
592
5 Beaumont
269
139
8
14
203
6 Houston
2,496
242
90
183
1,966
7 Austin
1,101
164
20
34
1,392
8 San Antonio
1,749
171
31
44
1,994
9 Midland
490
45
2
20
445
10 El Paso
209
76
1
1
165
11 Edinburg
1,076
80
11
24
617
Out of State
0
0
0
0
0
Total
11,409
1,631
225
497
10,059
Region General Residential Operation Emergency Shelters Residential Treatment Other Total
1 Lubbock
149
40
114
48
1,577
2 Abilene
9
24
46
16
765
3 Arlington
70
38
236
138
5,483
4 Tyler
62
34
78
48
1,574
5 Beaumont
31
22
39
19
744
6 Houston
63
58
314
154
5,566
7 Austin
31
33
190
64
3,029
8 San Antonio
209
175
237
173
4,783
9 Midland
24
38
68
31
1,163
10 El Paso
4
13
31
15
515
11 Edinburg
50
63
123
45
2,089
Out of State
0
0
0
0
0
Total
702
538
1,476
751
27,288

*Excludes 634 young adults over 18 who have aged out of DFPS conservatorship but remain in DFPS care.

** Other living arrangements types include: Camps, maternity homes, hospitals, juvenile detention, ICF-IID, HSC homes, state schools, hospitals, independent living programs, unauthorized absences, and court ordered placements.

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Permanency Goal of Children in Substitute Care for Whom DFPS had Legal Responsibility on August 31, 2013

Total Children: 22,243

Goal Count Percent
Adoption
11,052
49.7%
Reunification
7,782
35.0%
Permanent Placement with Relatives and Other Caregivers
2,058
9.3%
Alternative Long Term Living
668
3.0%
Adult Living
683
3.1%
Total Children
22,243
100%

Number of DFPS Foster, Foster/Adoptive and Adoptive Homes
on August 31, 2013

Region Foster Homes* Foster/Adoptive Homes** Adoptive Homes***
1 Lubbock
3
125
25
2 Abilene
0
52
13
3 Arlington
43
226
72
4 Tyler
6
93
50
5 Beaumont
16
101
38
6 Houston
32
196
132
7 Austin
11
142
107
8 San Antonio
4
131
241
9 Midland
0
31
3
10 El Paso
1
41
11
11 Edinburg
6
40
24
Out of State
18
54
8
Total
140
1,232
724

* Includes 53 verified kinship homes.
** Includes 16 legal risk homes and 411 verified kinship homes.
*** This number does not include homes open only for receipt of adoption subsidy.

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CPS Outcomes Based on Data from Fiscal Year 2013

Child Safety

  • Percent of children who remained safe in substitute care (children in care during FY13 who did not experience a confirmed incident of maltreatment) 99.9%
  • Absence of Repeat Maltreatment (child victims without a subsequent confirmed allegation within 6 months of the prior confirmed allegation) 97.1%

Initial Placement Stability

Percentage of children in substitute care 12 months or less with 2 or fewer placements 86.6%

Family Preservation

(measured from start of services to end of services)
Average length of Service 7.3 months

Family Reunification

  • (measured from removal to placement in own home and termination of DFPS conservatorship)
  • Percent of children returned to own home 32.4%
  • Average number of placements per child 1.9 placements
  • Average length of service 13.2 months
  • Median length of service 12.0 months
  • Percentage of children reunified with family, with DFPS conservatorship terminated, within 12 months of removal 63.8%

Adoption Services

  • (measured from removal to adoption consummation)
  • Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility with an adoption consummation 30.7%
  • Average number of placements per child 2.6 placements
  • Average length of service 28.9 months
  • From removal to final order 13.6 months
  • From final order to adoptive placement 14.0 months
  • From placement to adoption consummated 1.3 months
  • Median length of service 24.0 months
  • Percentage of children adopted within 24 months of removal 49.7%

Relative as Permanent Managing Conservator

  • (measured from removal to date Relative takes legal custody as Permanent Managing Conservator)
  • Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility to a relative placement 28.1%
  • Average number of placements 2.0 placements
  • Average length of service 14.6 months
  • Median length of service 11.8 months

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CPS Outcomes Based on Data from Fiscal Year 2013

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 7.6%
Average number of placements 6.9 placements
Average length of service 55.6 months
Median length of service 43.1. months

Other Long-term Substitute Care

(measured from removal to date DFPS legal responsibility ended. Included children/youth who left DFPS legal responsibility due to one of the following reasons: runaway, death, an individual taking legal custody that is not included in one of the other exit categories, and transfer to another state agency.)
Percent of children who left DFPS legal responsibility 1.1%
Average number of placements 2.1 placements
Average length of service 17.1 months
Median length of service 7.6 months

Fiscal Year 2013 Recidivism Outcomes

Percentage of children re-entering foster care within 12 months of discharge from a previous episode of foster care. 4.7%

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) 7.8%

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) 6.9%

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) 16.4%

Substitute Care Outcomes for Cases Open on August 31, 2013

  • Average length of service for children in temporary managing conservatorship: 6.8 months
  • Median length of service for children in temporary managing conservatorship: 5.6 months
  • Average length of service for children in permanent managing conservatorship: 38.3 months
  • Median length of service for children in permanent managing conservatorship: 26.7 months

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Children Placed in Adoptive Homes by Region
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Number of Placements
1 Lubbock
314
2 Abilene
113
3 Arlington
895
4 Tyler
305
5 Beaumont
196
6 Houston
1,240
7 Austin
668
8 San Antonio
1,302
9 Midland
173
10 El Paso
86
11 Edinburg
171
State Total
5,463
Total Unique Children
5,451

Demographics of 5,451 Children in Adoptive Homes
Fiscal Year 2013

Age

Age Count Percent
Under 1 year
85
1.6%
1 - 5 years
3,081
56.5%
6 - 12 years
1,766
32.4%
13 years and over
519
9.5%
Total
5,451
100%

Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Count Percent
Anglo
1,475
27.1%
African American
1,233
22.6%
Hispanic
2,411
44.2%
Native American
8
0.1%
Asian
19
0.3%
Other
305
5.6%
Total
5,451
100%

Child Characteristics

Child Characteristics Count Percent
Disabling Condition
1,771
32.5%
No Special Characteristics
3,680
67.5%
Total
5,451
100%

Sex

Sex Count Percent
Female
2,575
47.2%
Male
2,876
52.8%
Total
5,451
100%

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before. 

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Children with Disabling Conditions Placed in Adoptive Homes Fiscal Year 2013

Total number of children placed in adoptive homes: 5,451

Number of unique children with disabling conditions placed in adoptive homes: 1,771

Disabling Condition Percentage of all Children Placed in Adoptive Homes Number of children with Disabling condition
Drug/Alcohol*
15.0%
820
Learning Disabilities
13.3%
723
Emotionally Disturbed
7.7%
422
Medically Involved
6.1%
330
Physical
1.0%
55
Other**
0.3%
17

* 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 2010 Number 2010 Percent 2011 Number 2011 Percent 2012 Number 2012 Percent 2013 Number 2013 Percent
DFPS
2,841
59.2%
2,563
55.3%
2,823
56.0%
2,770
51.6%
Non DFPS*
1,962
40.8%
2,072
44.7%
2,217
44.0%
2,594
48.4%
Total Consummations
4,803
100%
4,635
100%
5,040
100%
5,364
100%

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

Children in Consummated Adoptions by Region
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Adoptions Consummated
1 Lubbock
284
2 Abilene
108
3 Arlington
879
4 Tyler
273
5 Beaumont
183
6 Houston
1,275
7 Austin
683
8 San Antonio
1,294
9 Midland
155
10 El Paso
85
11 Edinburg
145
Total Unique Children
5,364

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Demographics of 5,364 Children in Consummated Adoptions
Fiscal Year 2013

Age

Age Count Percent
Under 1 year
75
1.4%
1 - 5 years
3,085
57.5%
6 - 12 years
1,708
31.8%
13 years and over
496
9.2%
Total
5,364
100%

Gender

Gender Count Percent
Male
2,803
52.3%
Female
2,561
47.7%
Total
5,364
100%

Race/Ethnicity*

Race/Ethnicity Count Percent
Anglo
1,434
26.7%
African American
1,221
22.8%
Hispanic
2,368
44.1%
Native American
10
0.2%
Asian
17
0.3%
Other
314
5.9%
Total
5,364
100.0%

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before.   

Race/Ethnicity of Children and Adoptive Parents by Fiscal Year

Legal Status 2010 Number 2010 Percent 2011 Number 2011 Percent 2012 Number 2012 Percent 2013 Number 2013 Percent
Race/Ethnicity of parent(s) is same as child
2,970
61.8%
2,718
58.6%
3,071
60.9%
3,295
61.4%
Race/Ethnicity of one or
both parents differs from child's (Multiracial)*
1,833
38.2%
1,917
41.4%
1,969
39.1%
2,069
38.6%
Total Adoptions
4,803
100%
4,635
100%
5,040
100%
5,364
100%

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before.

* Includes when Race/Ethnicity was not determined.

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Status of Children Who Exited DFPS Legal Custody
Fiscal Year 2013

Total Children: 17,445

Outcome Count Percent
Family Reunification
5,647
32.4%
Custody to Relatives with PCA
582
3.3%
Custody to Relatives without PCA
4,326
24.8%
Relative Adoption Consummated
2,676
15.3%
Non-Relative Adoption Consummated
2,688
15.4%
Children Emancipated*
1,328
7.6%
Other**
198
1.1%
State
17,445
100%

* Of the 1,328 youth emancipated in FY13, 1,000 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 Who Exited DFPS Custody by Type of Exit and Region
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Family Reunification Relative Care With PCA Relative Care Without PCA Adoption by Relative Adoption by Non-Relative Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Lubbock (1)
16.5
32.6
15.6
22.3
34.8
57.6
36.4
Abilene (2)
12.9
31.0
15.8
25.1
33.5
58.2
17.4
Arlington (3)
12.7
26.4
12.1
24.2
29.8
56.5
12.7
Tyler (4)
12.4
20.5
9.9
20.8
31.8
50.0
34.9
Beaumont (5)
12.5
22.6
14.3
22.0
28.9
56.1
9.9
Houston (6)
14.8
24.1
16.1
31.6
36.5
64.2
14.4
Austin (7)
12.2
22.4
11.7
22.7
30.9
54.1
9.6
San Antonio (8)
13.5
21.4
13.7
23.8
29.9
53.1
33.2
Midland (9)
14.4
30.2
13.8
25.3
30.3
60.1
17.4
El Paso (10)
17.8
24.1
13.9
22.3
27.3
58.3
1.5
Edinburg (11)
12.0
21.7
12.8
27.7
43.0
39.6
14.3
State
13.2
24.9
13.3
25.7
32.1
55.6
17.1

Average Length of Time in Months for Children Who Exited DFPS Custody by Type of Exit and Race/Ethnicity
Fiscal Year 2013

Race/Ethnicity Family Reunification Relative Care With PCA Relative Care Without PCA Adoption by Relative Adoption by Non-Relative Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Anglo
13.3
23.0
12.1
22.6
28.5
50.8
19.3
African American
12.8
25.5
15.5
29.9
37.6
63.9
20.2
Hispanic
13.4
25.4
13.4
25.1
32.3
53.7
14.9
Native American
14.8
0.0
17.7
30.3
36.4
38.1
0.0
Asian
9.8
0.0
11.8
22.0
34.8
26.9
0.0
Other
13.0
29.9
11.6
23.9
30.9
57.5
7.4
State
13.2
24.9
13.3
25.7
32.1
55.6
17.1

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Average Number of Out-of-Home Placements for Children Who Exited DFPS Legal Custody
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Family Reunification Relative Care With PCA Relative Care Without PCA Adoption by Relative Adoption by Non-Relative Long Term Care-Emancipation Long Term Care-Other
Lubbock (1)
2.0
2.8
1.9
2.2
3.0
7.5
3.2
Abilene (2)
2.0
2.9
2.1
2.1
3.6
8.6
1.1
Arlington (3)
1.8
1.8
1.8
2.3
3.0
7.1
1.4
Tyler (4)
1.8
2.5
1.9
1.9
2.4
6.5
3.6
Beaumont (5)
1.7
2.6
2.0
2.7
2.6
6.9
2.2
Houston (6)
1.9
2.0
2.0
2.3
2.7
7.1
2.7
Austin (7)
1.7
1.9
1.9
1.9
2.9
7.5
1.4
San Antonio (8)
2.0
1.9
1.9
2.3
3.2
6.8
1.6
Midland (9)
1.8
1.9
1.8
2.1
2.8
6.5
3.0
El Paso (10)
2.0
2.1
2.1
2.2
3.6
7.8
0.7
Edinburg (11)
2.1
1.5
2.3
2.4
4.1
5.1
1.9
State Total
1.9
2.0
2.0
2.2
3.0
6.9
2.1

Note: The average number of placements per child in substitute care for all children who attained permanency is 2.5 placements.

Length of Time in Care for Children Who Exited DFPS Custody to a Permanent Home

Year: 2013

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months
52.9%
13 to 24 months
29.8%
25+ months
17.3%

Year: 2012

Length of Time in Care % of Total Children
0-12 months
55.1%
13 to 24 months
28.8%
25+ months
16.1%

Year: 2011

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

Year: 2010

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

Year: 2009

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

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

*Permanent home means an exit to reunification, an individual taking custody as a permanent managing conservator, or adoption.

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Average Monthly Number of Children and Young Adults, FTEs*
in Paid Foster Care by Service Levels
Fiscal Year 2013

Service Level Number of Children & Young Adults Number of FTEs
Basic
11,087
9,821
Child Specific**
30
27
Emergency Shelter
921
582
Intense
321
279
Moderate
3,259
2,966
Psychiatric Transition
27
18
Specialized
2,569
2,317
Total
18,214***
16,010

Unduplicated Count: 17,748

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 www.dfps.state.tx.us/PCS/rates_childcare_reimbursement.asp

Foster Care Expenditures by Source Fiscal Year 2013

Total Expenditures: $365,261,654

Service Level Expenditures Percent
State Paid
$130,152,645
36%
Title IV-E
$235,109,009
64%
Total
$365,261,654
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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Monthly Average Number of Children and Young Adults* in Paid Foster Care by Payment Source

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
2009
4,344
700
11,485
545
17,074
-8.7%
2010
4,308
783
11,936
558
17,585
3.0%
2011
4,562
821
12,569
509
18,461
5.0%
2012
4,649
726
12,283
525
18,183
-1.5%
2013
5,357
703
11,192
524
17,776
-2.2%

Monthly Average Number of Children and Young Adults* in Paid Foster Care by Payment Source and Region
Fiscal Year 2013

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***
1 Lubbock
301
40
720
38
1,099
2 Abilene
135
20
393
22
570
3 Arlington
1,064
130
2,279
114
3,587
4 Tyler
392
33
546
20
991
5 Beaumont
220
19
384
11
634
6 Houston
840
148
2,430
110
3,528
7 Austin
768
122
970
56
1,916
8 San Antonio
934
104
1,741
77
2,856
9 Midland
182
12
486
13
693
10 El Paso
69
10
253
17
349
11 Edinburg
455
65
995
48
1,563
Total***
5,360
703
11,197
526
17,786

Unduplicated Count: 17,748

* 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 2013

Region Family Served Children Served
1 Lubbock
331
612
2 Abilene
147
250
3 Arlington
1,649
2,782
4 Tyler
317
543
5 Beaumont
218
348
6 Houston
1,645
2,812
7 Austin
756
1,290
8 San Antonio
994
1,792
9 Midland
187
321
10 El Paso
121
229
11 Edinburg
531
1,025
Unknown
162
243
Total
7,058
12,247

Kinship Caregiver Monetary Assistance Payments Fiscal Year 2013

Region Total Integration Payments Total Flexible Support Payments Total Relative Caregiver Support
1 Lubbock
$183,000.00
$268,500.00
$451,500.00
2 Abilene
$96,000.00
$122,000.00
$218,000.00
3 Arlington
$889,000.00
$1,304,000.00
$2,193,000.00
4 Tyler
$244,000.00
$272,000.00
$516,000.00
5 Beaumont
$106,000.00
$172,500.00
$278,500.00
6 Houston
$575,000.00
$1,365,500.00
$1,940,500.00
7 Austin
$478,000.00
$680,000.00
$1,158,000.00
8 San Antonio
$745,000.00
$520,500.00
$1,265,500.00
9 Midland
$117,000.00
$160,000.00
$277,000.00
10 El Paso
$81,000.00
$109,500.00
$190,500.00
11 Edinburg
$158,000.00
$526,500.00
$684,500.00
Unknown
$85,000.00
$118,000.00
$203,000.00
Total
$3,757,000.00
$5,619,000.00
$9,376,000.00

Number of Children Provided Adoption Subsidy* by Payment Source and Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year State Paid Adoption Subsidies Title IV-E Adoption Subsidies Total Children Provided Adoption Subsidy % Change from Previous Fiscal Year
2009
6,707
23,994
30,701
11.55%
2010
7,146
26,558
33,704
9.78%
2011
7,296
28,994
36,290
7.67%
2012
7,550
31,506
39,056
7.62%
2013
7,795
34,284
42,079
7.74%

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Need chart here, "Percent Change of Children Provided Adoption Subsidy Monthly Total by Fiscal Year" (sent email to Dennis to create accessible version)

Number of Children Provided Adoption Subsidy* by Region
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Clients
1 Lubbock
2,239
2 Abilene
1,036
3 Arlington
8,444
4 Tyler
1,856
5 Beaumont
1,315
6 Houston
9,344
7 Austin
5,652
8 San Antonio
8,927
9 Midland
753
10 El Paso
882
11 Edinburg
1,629
Unknown
2

*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 Title IV-E Total Children % Change
2011
33
168
201
N/A
2012
118
417
535
166.2%
2013
123
459
582
8.8%

Number of Children Provided Permanency Care Assistance* by Region,
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Clients
Lubbock (1)
17
Abilene (2)
56
Arlington (3)
130
Tyler (4)
22
Beaumont (5)
29
Houston (6)
114
Austin (7)
86
San Antonio (8)
52
Midland (9)
26
El Paso (10)
7
Edinburg (11)
41

*Does not include non-recurring payments.

For children who cannot reunify and for who adoption has been ruled out, the Permanency Care Assistance (PCA) Program provides a monthly subsidy to relatives and fictive kin that take legal custody as a permanent managing conservator and have been a verified foster care provider for the child for at least 6 months. The PCA subsidy is similar to an adoption subsidy.

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Average Number of Children and Families Receiving Purchased Services per Month
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Living at Home Living Out of Home Post Adoption Total Children Total Adults Total Clients
Lubbock (1)
516
400
0
916
862
1,778
Abilene (2)
157
216
71
444
504
948
Arlington (3)
769
1,482
59
2,310
1,663
3,973
Tyler (4)
353
360
0
713
1,098
1,811
Beaumont (5)
156
198
204
558
435
993
Houston (6)
803
1,420
27
2,250
3,222
5,472
Austin (7)
407
763
0
1,170
1,833
3,003
San Antonio (8)
506
792
1
1,299
1,757
3,056
Midland (9)
129
176
0
305
594
899
El Paso (10)
73
143
0
216
148
364
Edinburg (11)
360
311
0
671
2,145
2,816
Total
4,229
6,260
362
10,850
14,261
25,111

Note: Averages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Average Monthly Percent of Children Receiving CPS Purchased Services by Region
Fiscal Year 2013

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)
516
2,362
21.9%
400
1,688
23.7%
Abilene (2)
157
1,422
11.1%
216
813
26.5%
Arlington (3)
769
7,746
9.9%
1,482
5,685
26.1%
Tyler (4)
353
1,498
23.6%
360
1,666
21.6%
Beaumont (5)
156
874
17.8%
198
875
22.6%
Houston (6)
803
8,198
9.8%
1,420
6,103
23.3%
Austin (7)
407
3,420
11.9%
763
3,345
22.8%
San Antonio (8)
506
6,519
7.8%
792
5,129
15.4%
Midland (9)
129
1,048
12.3%
176
1,142
15.4%
El Paso (10)
73
1,320
5.5%
143
530
26.9%
Edinburg (11)
360
6,871
5.2%
311
2,253
13.8%
Unknown
0
9
0.0%
0
0
0.0%
Total
4,229
41,286
10.2%
6,260
29,228
21.4%

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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 2013

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
1 Lubbock
206
34
288
0
3
51
582
2 Abilene
268
38
161
2
0
30
499
3 Arlington
692
308
326
3
5
91
1,425
4 Tyler
399
96
40
1
1
47
584
5 Beaumont
89
62
8
0
0
14
173
6 Houston
378
294
290
1
11
75
1,049
7 Austin
736
324
684
1
3
181
1,929
8 San Antonio
313
69
826
0
4
52
1,264
9 Midland
81
9
104
0
1
8
203
10 El Paso
24
11
204
4
0
10
253
11 Edinburg
87
15
1,070
0
1
28
1,201
Other/Unknown
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
Total
3,275
1,260
4,001
12
29
587
9,164

Family Group Conferences Conducted By Race/Ethnicity Fiscal Year 2013

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Lubbock (1)
198
43
247
0
0
27
515
Abilene (2)
281
32
139
1
0
21
474
Arlington (3)
460
213
232
0
2
76
983
Tyler (4)
392
85
77
0
0
77
631
Beaumont (5)
125
53
16
0
0
23
217
Houston (6)
355
475
328
0
2
115
1,275
Austin (7)
291
104
242
0
3
95
735
San Antonio (8)
281
83
840
0
1
75
1,280
Midland (9)
140
8
166
0
0
19
333
El Paso (10)
10
6
103
1
0
7
127
Edinburg (11)
169
21
1,499
0
0
66
1,755
Other/Unknown
0
0
3
0
0
2
5
Total
2,702
1,123
3,892
2
8
603
8,330

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Circles of Support Conducted by Race/Ethnicity
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Anglo African American Hispanic Native American Asian Other Total
Lubbock (1)
54
30
35
0
0
13
132
Abilene (2)
58
11
22
0
0
16
107
Arlington (3)
191
209
119
2
4
50
575
Tyler (4)
57
41
23
0
0
6
127
Beaumont (5)
40
28
3
0
1
3
75
Houston (6)
166
330
175
1
5
59
736
Austin (7)
132
98
88
0
2
52
372
San Antonio (8)
72
42
233
2
0
25
374
Midland (9)
45
10
35
0
0
3
93
El Paso (10)
6
6
35
0
0
1
48
Edinburg (11)
26
5
217
0
0
12
260
Total
847
810
985
5
12
240
2,899

* As recommended by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure consistency across all HHSC agencies, in 2012, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) adopted the HHSC methodology on how to categorize race and ethnicity.   As a result, data broken down by race/ethnicity in 2012 and after is not directly comparable to race/ethnicity data in 2011 and before.  

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
2009
7,735
889
8,624
2010
7,701
996
8,697
2011
8,139
789
8,928
2012
7,458
1,274
8,732
2013
7,265
1,354
8,619

Note: 964 youth who were not served in FY 2013 received services prior to FY 2013.

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Confirmed Victims in Completed CPS Investigations and Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities

Statewide 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Texas Child Population*
6,510,210
6,584,709
6,663,942
7,054,634
7,159,172
DFPS Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities**
280
227
231
212
156
Confirmed Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities per 100,000 Texas children
4.3
3.4
3.5
3.5
2.2

Population Data Source: Texas State Data Center, University of Texas (San Antonio).

*Includes child fatalities investigated by Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Child Day Care Licensing and Residential Child Care Licensing. Fatality information does not include corrections or updates, if any, that subsequently be made to DFPS data after fiscal year end.

** Point prevalence is the number of confirmed abuse/neglect child fatalities per 100,000 Region child population (children ages 0-17).

Confirmed Victims in Completed CPS Investigations and Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities by Region
Fiscal Year 2013

Region Texas Child Population (ages 0-17) Confirmed Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities Confirmed Child Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities per 100,000 Texas children
1 Lubbock
227,979
7
3.1
2 Abilene
130,855
5
3.8
3 Arlington
1,948,238
48
2.5
4 Tyler
275,757
9
3.3
5 Beaumont
187,281
7
3.7
6 Houston
1,768,464
30
1.7
7 Austin
797,593
19
2.4
8 San Antonio
722,369
14
1.9
9 Midland
156,463
4
2.6
10 El Paso
252,265
4
1.6
11 Edinburg
691,908
9
1.3
Total
7,159,172
156
2.2

Population Data Source: Texas State Data Center, University of Texas (San Antonio).

*Includes child fatalities investigated by Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Child Day Care Licensing and Residential Child Care Licensing. Fatality information does not include corrections or updates, if any, that may subsequently be made to DFPS data after fiscal year end.

Includes child fatalities investigated by Child Protective Services (137), Adult Protective Services (0), Child Day Care Licensing (11) and Residential Child Care Licensing (8).

Fatality information does not include corrections or updates, if any, that may subsequently be made to DFPS data after fiscal year end.

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