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Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Carey Cockerell. Adult Protective Services Child Protective Services Child Care Licensing Prevention and Early Intervention.

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about dfps
Adult Protective Services

Child Protective Services

Child Care Licensing

Prevention and Early Intervention

Mission: to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation by involving clients, families and communities.

6,800 DFPS employees in more than 249 offices

We protect the unprotected.

We involve clients, families and communities in decision-making.

We provide quality services.

We are innovative and strive for excellence.

We are ethical and accountable.

We promote diversity.

We value our staff.

About DFPS
child protective services
Child Protective Services
  • Provides services to children and families in their own homes;
  • Places children in foster care;
  • Provides services to help youth in foster care make the transition to adulthood
  • Places children in adoptive homes.
abuse and neglect
Abuse and Neglect
  • Abuse is mental, emotional, physical, or sexual injury to a child or failure to prevent such injury to a child
  • Neglect - (1) failure to provide a child with food, clothing, shelter and/or medical care

(2) leaving a child in a situation where the child is at risk of harm.

  • Child abuse and neglect are AGAINST the law in Texas, and so is FAILURE to report it.
  • 48 hours -Texas Department of Family and Protective Services OR to a law enforcement agency.
Signs of Abuse
  • Physical
  • Neglect
  • Sexual
possible outcomes of investigations
Possible Outcomes of Investigations
  • Court decides whether the parent-child relationship will be terminated?
  • Parents (early prevention)
    • Texas Families: Together and Safe (TFTS)
    • Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP)
    • Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR)
  • CPS and the family cannot resolve the safety issues
  • Child/Children be placed?
    • appropriate non-custodial parent or relative
    • permanent families = Adoption is a permanent lifelong commitment to a child.
keeping children safe campaign
Keeping Children Safe Campaign
  • Look Before You Leave campaign: cars are not babysitters
  • The Baby Moses Law and Designated Emergency Infant Care Providers
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome and Sudden Infant Death (SIDS)
  • Child Abuse Prevention Coloring Book