86th Legislative Session

The Texas Legislature will meet again starting in January 8, 2019. There will be many issues discussed relating to the Family First Act, DFPS, and foster/adoptive children. Please speak up for your family and the children of Texas! 

To find contact information for all of your legislative representatives, visit Capitol.tx.gov.  Just input your address, and it will list all of your representatives.

Capitol.tx.gov also has tools for tracking bills and hearings.

Make a Difference:

  1. Make child abuse and foster care 'real' for the legislator

  2. Position abused and neglected children as a constituent group not just another special interest group.

  3. Support and participate in local and state level networks and coalitions.

Fact: Consumers and advocates must begin to view themselves as public purpose lobbyists in order to promote positive change in public policy for children  in the child welfare system. 

This advocacy training session gives some good tools for getting started.

DFPS Strategic Plan

DFPS has published its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019 through 2023. The plan is in two parts, Volume I, which includes the plan itself, and Volume II, which compiles supplemental schedules. Both volumes are available on the DFPS website.  Texas DFPS Strategic Plan (Link)

Community Based Care

Community Based Care is a new way of providing foster care and case management services in Texas. It's a community-based approach to meeting the individual and unique needs of children, youth, and families. Within a geographic area, a single contractor (Single Source Continuum Contractor or SSCC) is responsible for finding foster homes or other living arrangements for children in state care and providing them a full range of services.  


The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) announces the next two areas of the state where it will expand Community Based Care. Click for more information.

  • Region 1 (all counties).

  • Region 8B (Atascosa, Bandera, Calhoun, Comal, De Witt, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Lavaca, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Wilson, Zavala counties).

DFPS Relative Placement Program

As required by the Texas Family Code, DFPS has published a report about the Relative and Other Designated Caregiver Placement Program. 

The report includes data on permanency outcomes for children placed with relative or other designated caregivers, including:

  • The number of disruptions in a placement;

  • The reasons for any disruptions in a placement; and

  • The length of time before a caregiver who receives monetary assistance from the department under the code obtains permanent managing conservatorship of a child.

Click here to read the report.

DFPS Rider 45 Report

The DFPS Rider 45 Report, "Senate Bill 1, Rider 45, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, Study to Develop Standards for the Placement Capacity for Victims of Sex Trafficking Served by DFPS, April 2018," has been released. Click to download.

Foster Care Needs Assessment Report

The August 2018 Foster Care Needs Assessment provides data for regional Child Protective Services leadership and stakeholder partners to use in developing regional foster care capacity need plans. Click to download. 

DFPS Rider 21 Report

DFPS has published the latest Rider 21 Report for Community Based Care. The report includes performance measures that allow for comparative analysis between the legacy foster care and redesigned foster care systems. Click to view.

DFPS Legislative Appropriations Request

DFPS has published the Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for Fiscal Years 2020-2021. The 752-page report is submitted to the Office of the Governor, Budget Division, and the Legislative Budget Board.

The baseline request for FY20-21 totals $4.2 billion in all funds ($2.4 billion in state funds), a net increase of $53.8 million. This is a 12.9% increase compared to projected 2018-19 expenditures. Click here for more information. 

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