The mission of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is to protect the unprotected — children, elderly, and people with disabilities — from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
DFPS is committed to hiring a diverse workforce to work with clients from all walks of life. Bilingual (Spanish/English or Vietnamese/English) applicants are needed in most parts of the state.
DFPS has four main programs:
Together, these programs:
- Protect children.
- Protect adults who are elderly or have disabilities.
- Regulate various types of daycare and 24-hour residential childcare and foster homes.
- Manage community-based programs that prevent delinquency, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and youth.
Every day in communities across Texas, thousands of DFPS employees protect the safety and well-being of our state's most vulnerable people.
- Child Protective Services works with children and their families to help make their homes safe and a place where children can thrive. CPS finds other safe places for children to live when children can't live at safely at home. Child abuse and neglect affect tens of thousands of children each year in Texas.
- Child Care Licensing regulates daycare, foster care, and types of childcare to protect the health and safety of children. There are about one million children in child care in Texas.
- Adult Protective Services works with communities and families to protect the elderly or adults who have disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation. These Texans make up about a quarter of our state's population.
- The Statewide Intake program operates the Texas Abuse Hotline to take reports of abuse and neglect, gather critical information, and get it to the right program for investigation.