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The Texas Administrative Code defines the parameters of each government agency, including trained spokespersonss.

Texas Family Code

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Texas Administrative Code - Titles 1-43

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- Texas Administrative Code Licensing Boards

Task Force on Indigent Defense

Affidavits of Indigency

Freedom of Information Act {does not apply to Confidentially held CPS records} - FOIA Form Letter (Word Format)

DFPS release of CPS case file - Click Here for qualification and forms in multiple languages.
"[...] copies of readily available public information of 50 pages or less, or material costing $5.00 or less (from this Fee Schedule), will be provided free of charge. Adoptive parents, adult adoptees, and adult victims of child abuse or neglect are not charged for the first copy of the record."

Fill Out Form 4885 to obtain a redacted copy of the case file from DFPS.

Children's Bureau Child and Family Services Reviews Fact Sheet

Child Statistics
"For every fatal injury among children ages 1–14, there are 33 hospitalizations and 1,350 emergency department visits for injuries [...]"

DFPS Office of Consumer Affairs
Inquiries and Complaints

"The Office of Consumer Affairs acts as a neutral party in reviewing complaints regarding case-specific activities of the program areas of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). If you believe one of the program areas of DFPS has not acted appropriately in a situation involving you, you have a right to complain and to be treated fairly and with dignity."

Obtaining Records - Form 4885(PDF)

DFPS Site Map
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- Child Protective Services Handbook
Table of Contents
Policies usually created by Legislative Action for the Child Protective Services (DFPS). Caseworkers, Investigators, and all DFPS employees, legally, must follow. It can be used with the Index and Glossary which makes for quicker research. The latest updates or changes in laws are also reflected in this online handbook.

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DFPS Child Care Standards and Regulations Chapter 748 (PDF)

Child Care Licensing Renewal Updates - 2007

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HHSC Review of Child Protective Services

Texas Family Law Statutes
Statutes Updated through 3rd Session, 79th Leg. Session

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Texas Admin. Code 748
CHAPTER 748 General Residential Operations and Residential Treatment Centers
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Texas Administrative Code - Subchapter N - Emergency Behavior Intervention, also known as Restraints, both chemical and physical.


Texas EducationAssociation

Texas Education Code

- Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 ~ Amended 1998
Public Law 105-89
105th Congress
An Act promoting the adoption of children in foster care.

  • TITLE I--Reasonable efforts and safety requirements for foster care and adoption placements

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TEXAS: Something For Everyone  

Pep , Texas 79353
Smiley , Texas 78159
Paradise , Texas 76073
Rainbow , Texas 76077
Sweet Home , Texas 77987
Comfort , Texas 78013
Friendship, Texas 76530

Love the Sun?

Sun City , Texas 78628
Sunrise , Texas 76661
Sunset, Texas 76270
Sundown, Texas 79372
Sunray , Texas 79086
Sunny Side , Texas 77423

Want something to eat?
Okra, TX
Bacon , Texas 76301
Noodle , Texas 79536
Oatmeal , Texas 78605
Turkey , Texas 79261
Trout , Texas 75789
Sugar Land , Texas 77479
Salty, Texas 76567
Rice , Texas 75155
Pearland , Texas 77581
Orange , Texas 77630    
And top it off with:
Sweetwater , Texas 79556

Why travel to other cities? Texas has them all!

Detroit , Texas 75436
Cleveland , Texas 75436
Colorado City , Texas 79512
Denver City , Texas 79323
Klondike , Texas 75448
Los Angeles, Texas 78014
Nevada , Texas 75173
Memphis , Texas 79245
Miami , Texas 79059
Boston , Texas 75570
San Diego, Texas 78384
Santa Fe , Texas 77517
Tennessee Colony , Texas 75861
Reno , Texas 75462
Pasadena , Texas 77506
Columbus , Texas 78934
Feel like traveling outside the country?

Athens , Texas 75751
Canadian, Texas 79014
China , Texas 77613
Egypt , Texas 77436
Ireland , Texas 76538
Italy , Texas 76538
Turkey , Texas 79261
London , Texas 76854
New London , Texas 75682
Paris , Texas 75460
Palestine , Texas 75801

No need to travel to Washington D.C.

Whitehouse , Texas 75791

We even have a city named after our planet!

Earth , Texas 79031

We have a city named after our state

Texas City , Texas 77590


Energy , Texas 76452


Blanket , Texas 76432
Winters, Texas

Like to read about History?

Santa Anna , Texas
Goliad , Texas
Alamo , Texas
Gun Barrel City , Texas
Robert Lee , Texas

Need Office Supplies?

Staples, Texas 78670

Want to go into outer space?

Venus , Texas 76084
Mars , Texas 79062

You guessed it. It's on the state line.

Texline , Texas 79087

For the kids..
Kermit , Texas 79745
Elmo , Texas 75118
Nemo , Texas 76070
Tarzan , Texas 79783
Winnie , Texas 77665
Sylvester , Texas 79560

Other city names in Texas , to make you smile......

Frognot , Texas 75424
Bigfoot , Texas 78005
Hogeye , Texas 75423
Cactus , Texas 79013
Notrees , Texas 79759
Best, Texas 76932
Veribest , Texas 76886
Kickapoo , Texas 75763
Dime Box , Texas 77853
Old Dime Box , Texas 77853
Telephone , Texas 75488
Telegraph , Texas 76883
Whiteface , Texas 79379
Twitty, Texas 79079

And our favorites...

Cut n Shoot, Texas
Gun Barrell City , Texas
Hoop And Holler, Texas
Ding Dong, Texas and, of course,
Muleshoe , Texas

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas ...

If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you may live in Texas ;

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas ;

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Texas ;

If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may live in Texas ;

If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas ;

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Texas ;

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you may live in Texas ;

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Texas

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph --you're going 80 and everybody's passing you, you may live in Texas ;

If you find 60 degrees 'a little chilly,' you may live in Texas ;

If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas friends, you definitely live in Texas ..

Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas
1. Beaumont to El Paso : 742 miles
2.. Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles
3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas .
4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos , July 4, 1883.
5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water.  Destroyed by Hurricane Ike -2008!
6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston .
7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America .
8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
10. The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island .
11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20,1969, was
" Houston ," but the space center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.
12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island .
13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43' in 24 hours in and around Alvin , TX  in July of 1979.
14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union ) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same height as the U.S.  Flag, and may divide into 5 states.
15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.
16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper.
18. Texas has had six capital cities:
Washington -on- the Brazos, Harrisburg , Galveston ,Velasco, West Columbia and Austin .
19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington DC (by 7 feet).
20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington monument.
21. The name ' Texas ' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning friends.  Tejas is not Spanish for Texas ..
22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.).
23. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston .

 Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie , Texas :
(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin' before God.
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin'.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yers.
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff.

Y'all git all that?

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