Regulatory Information

HHSC and DFPS agency reorganization

In 2017, the 85th Texas Legislature passed legislation that made significant changes to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), including making DFPS a stand alone agency that reports directly to the Governor.  DFPS was previously an umbrella agency under the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

Key provisions

  • DFPS becomes an independent agency
  • DFPS continues to work with HHSC for certain functions including Medicaid and STAR Health
  • Child Care Licensing regulatory functions were transferred to HHSC on September 1, 2017
  • A new consolidated Investigations division was created at DFPS that is now responsible for Special Investigations, and Child Protective Services and Child Care Licensing investigations

More about DFPS agency reorganization

residential child care licensing

Child Care Licensing (CCL) regulates all child care operations and child placing agencies to protect the health, safety, and well-being of children in care. 

Learn more about child care standards and licensing.

*As of September 1, 2017, the regulatory functions of child care licensing were transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission.


DFPS contracts with licensed residential child care providers to provide high quality care for children in DFPS' managing conservatorship.
Learn more about contracting with DFPS to provide residential child care.

Regional Contracts

Residential Contracts (24-Hour Residential Child Care)

ccl investigations

In the 2017, the 85th Legislature made significant changes to the Child Care Licensing division of DFPS. CCL Investigations along with CPS and Special Investigations was consolidated into a new investigations program. This program is meant to promote high quality investigations.