Who We Are
To better the lives of children and adults in Harris County.
To support, enhance and advocate for the safety and well-being of children and adults in Harris County.
Harris County Protective Services (HCPS) was founded in 1966 as Harris County Child Welfare to provide support services for the children taken under the wing of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Fifty years later, HCPS still provides this support. But the now-county department has expanded services for early prevention, intervention and adult services.
Children’s Services Division assesses the whole family when the state department investigates abuse and neglect allegations; provides medical, dental and mental health care while children are in the care of the state; provides basic needs for these children and programming for young adults who are aging out of the foster care system with an emphasis on education and employment
Youth Services Division has free school- and community-based programs to ensure youth and their families dealing with tough familial, mental health and life crises remain in their own homes and are successful in school, in the family and the community.
Adult Services Division provides services to adults living in Harris County who need assistance to manage their affairs. This determination is made either through the Harris County Probate Court System or through a voluntary program.
When you think of healthy and happy families, think of Harris County Protective Services. Because we are At the Heart of Families, and provide services to ensure we remain there. We take pride in our Council on Accreditation (COA) certification, which reviews and certifies that our programs meet stringent best practice standards.