The following terms have the following meanings when used in
(1) Alleged Perpetrator--a person being investigated
by us because the person is alleged to have abused, neglected, or
exploited a child in a child care operation.
(2) Caregiver--A person whose duties include the supervision,
guidance, and protection of a child or children.
(3) Central registry--A Texas Department of Family
and Protective Services (DFPS) database of persons who have been found
by DFPS to have abused, neglected, or exploited a child, including
abusing, neglecting, or exploiting a child in a child care operation.
See subchapter C, chapter 702, of this title (relating to Child Abuse
and Neglect Central Registry).
(4) Child--A person under 18 years of age.
(5) Child Care Investigations (CCI)--a program of the
Child Protective Investigations division of the Department of Family
and Protective Services that investigates allegations of child abuse,
neglect, and exploitation in child care operations.
(6) Child Care Licensing (CCL)--a department of the
Regulatory Services Division of the Texas Health and Human Services
Commission that regulates child care operations under Chapter 42,
Human Resources Code. CCL was formerly under the Texas Department
of Family and Protective Services until September 1, 2017.
(7) Child care operation--a facility, family home,
or other entity that is subject to regulation by CCL under Chapter
42, Human Resources Code, regardless of whether the operation has
received the necessary permit to provide the child care under that
(8) Collateral witness--any person not directly involved
in the incident but who may be able to provide information regarding
the incident being investigated, the children and adults involved
in the incident, and the type of care and supervision provided at
(9) Designated perpetrator--A person on the DFPS central
registry found by us to have abused, neglected, or exploited a child
in a child care operation, but who has not exhausted the right to
a due process hearing. See division 7 of this subchapter (relating
to Due Process Hearings).
(10) Finding of abuse, neglect, or exploitation--A
determination that we made at the completion of an investigation based
on the evidence gathered that a preponderance of the evidence supports
the allegation(s) of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation in a child
(11) Intake Report--An allegation of child abuse, neglect,
or exploitation in a child care operation.
(12) Parent--A child's biological mother or father,
adoptive mother or father, or person that has legal responsibility
for or legal custody of a child, including the managing conservator
or legal guardian. The term does not include a parent whose parental
rights have been terminated.
(13) Preponderance of evidence--Evidence which is of
greater weight or more convincing than the evidence which is offered
in opposition to it; that is, evidence which as a whole shows that
the fact sought to be proved is more probable than not.
(14) Principal--all alleged victims, all alleged perpetrator,
and all household members of a foster or group home in the current
(15) Single-source continuum contractor (SSCC)--the
entity that DFPS contracts with to provide the full continuum of foster
care and case management services to children and families on behalf
of Child Protective Services within a designated geographic area for
purposes of implementing community-based care as defined in Texas
Family Code §264.152(4).