The Supreme Court of Texas established the Children's Commission in 2007 with the overall goal of improving the child welfare system by increasing public awareness of challenges facing children and families involved in the child welfare system and bringing attention to this important issue through judicial leadership, reforming judicial practice, and informing policy affecting child welfare.
The Children's Commission publishes a resource letter with important information for judges and attorneys handling child protective services cases. Visit the Resource Letter for Judges & Attorneys web page for the latest issue.
The majority of cases in the child welfare system involve neglect, which in some cases, conflate poverty and neglect. Families living in poverty are often faced with questions about resources for housing, mental health, food subsidies, parenting resources, substance use disorders, and/or job assistance. Resolution of these issues can also help maintain the safety, permanency, and well‐being of children. Prevention Before CPS Involvement: Supporting Families at Risk gives an overview of DFPS’s Prevention and Early Intervention services aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect at the community level and diverting families from child welfare involvement and introduces additional resources and community supports to further the goal of prevention.