Tribpedia: Dept Of Family And Protective Services

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is charged with protecting children, the elderly, and adults with disabilities from abuse, neglect and mistreatment. The agency monitors care and conditions in private homes and in state facilities, investigates abuse and neglect, and licenses group homes and day-care centers.

DFPS, which has 6,800 employees in 250 offices across the state, oversees the divisions of Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Child Care Licensing and Prevention and Early Intervention.

DFPS was formerly known as the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, before lawmakers overhauled the state's health and human services agencies during the 78th Legislative Session.