Promoting health and safety for children and adults who are suspected victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation

What Is FACN?

The Forensic Assessment Center Network (FACN) is a joint project of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. The FACN provides 24-hour support for DFPS staff via a statewide toll free number and a web-based system. FACN physicians also provide ongoing education to DFPS workers about medical aspects of maltreatment and exploitation. 


How does it work?

Physicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions and make recommendations on acute child and adult maltreatment cases, and during regular business hours to review and discuss non-acute cases.

FACN physicians provide written consultations for the cases they review. In addition, FACN physicians provide education for DFPS workers via in-person trainings, video conferencing, and multidisciplinary staffings. 


Our Mission

Our mission is to promote the health and safety of Texas' most vulnerable children and adults by providing expert consultation for suspected victims of maltreatment and exploitation.