What is Transformation?

Transformation is a rigorous self-improvement process that Child Protective Services (CPS) began in 2014 to transform itself into a better place to work and the most effective program possible. It's a bottom-up effort built on the knowledge and insights of front-line staff and led by both regional and state office staff. Transformation will improve child safety, build community collaboration, create a stable workforce, and build leadership.

The Vision of Transformation

CPS Transformation means better recruiting and training, mentoring caseworkers and empowering them to make sound decisions, and eliminating bureaucratic clutter to free them to focus on children and families – always keeping the needs of the Texans we serve at the forefront. Watch the video introducing the initiative here.

What's New

Progress Report

  • DFPS issues a new report on November 4, 2016 to the Sunset Commissoin about its plans and progress on CPS Transformation
  • DFPS issues a new report on May 5th, 2016 to the Sunset Commission about its plans and progress on CPS Transformation.
  • DFPS issues a new report on October 21st, 2015 to the Sunset Commission about its plans and progress on CPS Transformation.
  • CPS issues a new business plan on October 21st detailing its goal of achieving safety, permanency, and well-being for the children it serves.

Positive Permanency

CPS is increasing its emphasis on finding permanent families for children in foster care. DFPS Commissioner John Specia addressed the issue in a video message to CPS supervisors who recently gathered from all over the state to begin addressing the issue.

Practice Model and Structured Decision-Making

The CPS Practice Model defines the values, principles, relationships, and techniques caseworkers and supervisors use as they work with children and families in a consistent, sustainable way. 

Structured Decision-Making (SDM®) is a new suite of tools that works hand-in-hand with the Practice Model. SDM helps caseworkers and supervisors make consistent, fair, and accurate decisions. (see video, right) 

CPS Streamlined Policy

CPS dramatically streamlined its policy on investigations and family-based safety services to eliminate red-tape and free caseworkers and supervisors to do their work more efficiently. The video below introduces CPS staff to the new policy, which took effect on February 15, 2015.