Legal Overview of Investigations

Texas Family Code

Title 5. The Parent-Child Relationship & the Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship

Chapter 261. Investigation of Report of Child Abuse or Neglect

The primary purpose of a Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) investigation into allegations of child abuse or neglect is to protect the child. DFPS investigations are civil in nature and include an evaluation of the child's immediate safety and an assessment of future risk of abuse or neglect.