Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
According to the Encyclopedia of Education, the program was first started in 1690. It became a way to deal with criminal court cases involving child abuse. Two years later the states and municipalities identified care for abused and neglected children as the responsibility of local government and private institutions. It was not until 1825, that the states enacted laws that gave social workers the right to remove children that had been neglected from their parents and their homes. The program has had several names since then. In 1835, it was the National Federation of Child Rescue, later in 1853; they founded the Children’s Aid Society which was a response to the problem of orphaned and abandoned children. In 1874, the “case of Mary Ellen” became the first child abuse case to be criminally prosecuted. In 1930, the Social Security addressed issues of abuse and neglect, which provided funding for intervention for “neglected and dependent children in danger of becoming delinquent.” Effective February 1, 2004, the name of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services was changed to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (Guthrie, Heyneman & Braxton, 2002). The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, is a state agency that is run by the state government.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website, the Rio Grande Valley falls under Region 11, with three locations in the Hidalgo County area consisting of Edinburg, McAllen, and Weslaco. There are also two in Cameron County, which are in the Harlingen and Brownsville Area (DFPS).
The purpose of this program is to ensure the safety of children, elderly adults, or those who have disabilities. It incorporates several different levels of protection. There are some important facts that people may not know. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services also oversee the childcare licensing which regulates daycares. In addition, it also oversees the foster care programs, adoption agencies and after school programs. It also manages some community-based programs that prevent juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect.
Those who support Texas Department of Family and Protective Services are the abused, social workers, law enforcement, and everyone who is concerned about the safety of our society. There are many people who oppose the DFPS policies. According to Dr. Richard A Gardner, a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Columbia University, “There’s a complex network of social workers, mental health professionals, and law enforcement officials that actually encourages charges of child abuse—whether they’re reasonable or not” (Hurley, p.68). Some may feel that social workers are using child abuse cases to obtain additional funding, and therefore secure a job. “In effect, The Mondale Act, despite its good intentions, created—and continues to fund—a...