Achievements for Children

Each legislative session, TexProtects advocates for smart policies and programs that get to the root of child abuse and neglect. Since 2004, we have reached across party lines and collaborated with other organizations and coalitions to push for smart solutions and solid investments in children and our state’s future.

Our Impact
by the

Efforts led and/or assisted
by TexProtects over the last

53 Bills Passed

that improved the Child Protective
Services (CPS) system.

$200 Million

secured for home-visiting programs to
prevent child maltreatment.

23,000+ Texas Families

received mentoring and coaching
during supportive home visits.

Our Legislative Wins


  • Budget Rider 6 includes a provision requiring the Department of Family and Protective Services to update and publish critical child protection data monthly.
  • Budget Rider 48 includes a provision that ensures that Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) funding is to be used primarily to pilot prevention strategies that will build upon DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention efforts.
  • Budget Rider 45 includes a provision that requires the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to evaluate current total expenditures of CHIP funding, number of clients served, funding shortfalls in client services and method-of-finance used to fund client services. This budget rider lays the groundwork for a Health Services Initiative (HSI) to support universal nurse home visiting programs for newborns.
  • HB700 requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to ensure that foster youth who complete Preparation for Adult Living classes are eligible to receive college credit, helping them lock in their tuition and fee waiver. Partners on this bill were Texas CASA, Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) and Texans Care for Children.
  • The DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention Division (PEI) funding was maintained to support prevention programming during this critical time for families.

TexProtects Major Milestones

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