Understanding Texas’ Child Protection Services System

Child Protective Services (CPS) in Texas

The goal of Child Protective Services (CPS) is to protect children from abuse and neglect by working with families to ensure safety, permanency, and well-being for children. Nevertheless, the rate of child maltreatment in Texas – and across the nation – remains high. Last year in Texas, 66,398 children were confirmed as being abused or neglected, and 156 children died from this maltreatment. Clearly more is needed to protect our most vulnerable population from harm.