We all are responsible for making sure Texas children are safe. While the core mission of Child Protective Services and Child Care Licensing is to protect children, we can only keep children safe through a collaborative effort with communities, service providers and, most importantly, Texas families.
There are many resources available to help keep children safe. Below, you can find various tools, tips, and resources to help in a variety of circumstances.
If you have a concern about a child that may be in danger or may be a victim for abuse or neglect, please contact the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services or law enforcement. Call 1-800-252-5400 to make confidential reports, or report online at the Texas Abuse Hotline website.
Safety Information for Parents
- How old does my child need to be to stay home alone?
- Can I leave a child alone in a car for a short period of time?
- What can I do if I can't take care of my newborn baby?
- Where can I find parenting classes?
- More child safety resources
Child Safety Campaigns
DFPS supports several child safety campaigns that can help you keep children safe in a variety of situations.
- Help & Hope - help for parents, hope for kids.
- Don't Be In the Dark about the dangers of unregulated child care.
- Room to Breathe - safe sleeping practices for infants.
- Watch Kids Around Water - water safety for children, at home and outdoors.
- Look Before You Lock - car safety.
- Information about Shaken Baby Syndrome and Sudden Infant Death (SIDS)
- Healthy Child Care America
- Keep Children Safe Poster
Stop Child Abuse
Prevention and Early Intervention
Tell Us Your Ideas
Please contact DFPS with any recommendations you have related to best practices for ensuring child safety. You can send recommendations to ChildSafety@dfps.state.tx.us