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.
HELP · EXCELLENCE · ACCOUNTABILITY · RESPECT · TEAMWORK
We HELP restore and transform lives.
We strive for EXCELLENCE in carrying out our mission.
We hold ourselves ACCOUNTABLE to our clients, our community and each other.
We show RESPECT for the dignity and worth of every person.
We promote TEAMWORK by building trusting relationships.
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.
Services for Abused and Neglected Children
- Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health
- Child and Parent Assessments
- Permanency Planning
- Basic Necessities
- Transitional Services for Current and Former Foster Youth
Services for At-Risk Youth
- Free School and Community Based Programs
- Crisis Intervention
- Diversion Programs
- Parent/Child Conflict Resolution
- Temporary Emergency Shelter
- Mental Health Services
- Truancy Prevention
- 24-Hour Crisis/Intake Hotline
Services for Seniors and Disabled Adults
- Financial Management
- Guardianship Services for Incapacitated Adults
- Multidisciplinary Services for Senior Victims of Crime
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 the safety of children, strengthen families, divert youth from the juvenile justice system and protect vulnerable adults. We take pride in our Council on Accreditation (COA) certification, which reviews and certifies that our programs meet stringent best practice standards.