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Foster Care Ombudsman

If you are 17 years old or younger and in foster care, call the HHS Foster Care Ombudsman at 1-844-286-0769 to get help with:

  • How to improve your foster care experience.
  • How to file a complaint.
  • Understanding your rights while in foster care.

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Texas Youth Hotline

Provides peer counseling to youth and family members for family conflicts, delinquency, truancy, abuse and neglect, and running away, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can make free confidential calls to 1-800-989-6884, chat online now or text us

Texas Abuse Hotline

Call 1-800-252-5400 to report abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children, the elderly, or people with disabilities. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (

Welcome to the Texas Youth Connection web site!

If you are currently or were formerly in Texas foster care, this website can help you find the resources you may need as you transition to a successful adulthood.

What is the Texas Youth Connection? was specifically designed by and created for current and former foster youth that were part of Texas Child Protective Services (CPS). CPS provides Transitional Living Services through programs that you may be familiar with and need more information about. These include:

Texas Foster Care Handbook For Youth

Need assistance on Transitional Living Services?

Please contact:

Shannon Ramsey-Team Lead Transitional Living Services 

Gaye Vopat-PAL Program Specialist

Tym Belseth-ETV/Youth Specialist Program Specialist

Larry Burgess-Fostering Connections/Extended Foster Care Program Specialist   

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