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Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect


The law requires any person who believes that a child is being abused, neglected, or exploited to report the circumstances to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). A person making a report is immune from civil or criminal liability provided they make the report in good faith, and the name of the person making the report is kept confidential. Any person suspecting abuse and not reporting it can be held liable for a misdemeanor or state jail felony. Time frames for investigating reports are based on severity of allegations. Reporting suspected child abuse makes it possible for a family to get help.



If this is a life threatening or emergency situation, call your local law enforcement agency or 911 immediately.


Two Ways to Report Abuse


1-800-252-5400 - Call the DFPS Abuse Hotline toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nationwide.

  2. - Make your report through the DFPS secure web site and you will receive a response within 24 hours.


The DFPS cannot accept e-mail reports of suspected abuse or neglect
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