Child Abuse Prevention

Our goal is that children and families have access to resources and services that help prevent child abuse long before they ever reach a crisis.

An effective Child Protective Services system is essential, and in Texas, a shift needs to be made to ensure we prevent children from experiencing abuse or neglect in the first place. During a family crisis, we also advocate that family preservation is made a priority, when it is safe to do so and is in the best interest of the child.

Texas, which is home to 10% of the nation’s children, consistently fails to support families in ways that can prevent early childhood trauma and set up families for success. These decisions drive substandard outcomes for Texas families as demonstrated by:

  • Poor and inequitable birth outcomes
  • High rates of maternal mortality and morbidity
  • Lack of food security
  • Fewer parents able to work, resulting in children living in poverty
  • Children who are not developmentally on track or ready to learn

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Texas by the Numbers


Four children die from abuse or neglect every week.


184 children are confirmed victims daily.


More than seven children are maltreated every hour.


Each case of abuse costs Texas taxpayers $830,000.


Only 3.8% of those most likely to benefit from prevention programs currently receive services.


73% of substantiated child maltreatment cases are due to neglect.

TexProtects’ Prevention Strategies

Increase basic support for parents and improve positive parenting practices through programs such as home visiting by a nurse.

Texas Home Visiting Consortium

Enhance parenting skills to promote healthy child development by supporting Project HOPES.

Dallas County HOPES

Advocate for quality care and education early in life through our community partnerships including the Texas Prenatal-to-Three (PN-3) Collaborative.

Prenatal-to-Three Collaborative

Strengthen economic support for families.

Create systems to intervene and prevent the recurrence of abuse.

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The TexProtects Impact

TexProtects became the Texas chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America.

Advocated for and secured $200 million in state funding to bring home visiting services to more than 23,000 families.

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