When is there a responsibility to report child or elder abuse?
Texas law requires anyone who suspects that a child or other vulnerable individual is being abused or neglected must report such incidents. Texas Family Code Section 261.101(a) states “A person having cause to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare has been adversely affected by abuse or neglect by any person shall immediately make a report…” Abuse or neglect can be reported at (800) 252-5400 or online at TxAbuseHotline.org. Not all calls to the hotline result in DFPS opening an investigation. If a call to the DFPS hotline leads to an investigation being opened, the following information is helpful.