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DSHS Resources

Central Adoption Registry - The Central Adoption Registry is a voluntary mutual-consent registry allowing adoptees (born and/or adopted in Texas), birth parents, and biological siblings who are at least 18 years of age to attempt to locate family members by being listed in the registry.

Local Public Health Organizations – Texas local public health organizations vary in size. Services are provided based on availability and type of funding, and are based on need determined by the communities they serve. DSHS serves Texas public health needs by provision of essential public health services, support to local public health agencies, and leadership and coordination for public health emergency preparedness and response.

Medical and Research Library - Medical and Research Library of the Texas Department of Health serves medical practitioners and medical researchers working for or through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Texas Immunizations - Information about DSHS’ Immunization Division's programs and services.

Other Texas Resources

Sidelines of North Central Texas - A community-based, nonprofit network of support chapters serving every region in the United States. Each chapter provides peer counseling from trained volunteers who also experienced a high-risk pregnancy. Sidelines is there for parents, grandparents, and friends, too. Often the fear and turmoil extend beyond the immediate family.

Texas Breastfeeding Promotion- Its mission is to coordinate breastfeeding promotion and support efforts in Texas.

State of Texas Homepage - All About Texas for Texans, future Texans, and visitors.

Texas National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) – The organization’s mission is to support Texas youth and families. TNOYS aims to help families overcome challenges and achieve healthy development.

National Resources

Ability OnLine Support Network - Ability OnLine is a network to help connect children and adolescents with disabilities in touch with the world.

American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP)- AAP commits to helping infants, children, adolescents and young adults achieve optimal physical, mental, and social health.

American Medical Association - The AMA is much more than a voluntary membership organization of physicians. It is the patient's advocate and the physician's voice. It sets standards for the profession of medicine.

American Public Health Association - APHA focuses on issues affecting personal and environmental health. For example, federal and state funding for health programs, pollution control, programs and policies related to chronic and infectious diseases, a smoke-free society by the year 2000, and professional education in public health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - CDC aims to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.

Center for the Future of Children - The Future of Children is published three times yearly by The Center for the Future of Children. Its mission is to translate the best social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy. It publishes one journal and policy brief each year, in addition to other projects. The policy topics covered range from education to health to families with children as the unifying element.

Child Welfare Information Gateway - A federal resource for child welfare, child abuse and neglect, and adoption. Child Welfare Information Gateway provides print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and toolkits for improving child welfare practice, as well as resources for families. Consumer Product Safety Commission - CPSC, an independent Federal regulatory agency, protects American families by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products. Visit the website often for lifesaving information. Go to "Talk to us" to report unsafe products.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Families and Work Institute - This nonprofit organization addresses the changing nature of work and family life. It finds research-based strategies that foster mutually supportive connections among workplaces, families, and communities. - The website is designed to connect local communities with federal resources for supporting children and youth during out-of-school hours. Healthy People 2030- Healthy People is the prevention agenda for the nation. It is a statement of national opportunities—a tool that identifies the most significant preventable threats to health and focuses public and private sector efforts to address those threats. Healthy People provides information how to improve health a format that enables diverse groups to combine their efforts and work as a team. IDEA - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) makes a free appropriate public education available to eligible children with disabilities. IDEA ensures special education and related services to those children.

Indian Health Services – The organization’s mission is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Institute for Child Health Policy - The Institute focuses on children in managed care with special emphasis on children with special health care needs. Areas of interest include issues of access, cost, quality and family involvement.

Children’s Safety Network - The website provides education to children about safety issues such as hazards around the home and preventing sports injuries, for example.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau - Its primary responsibility is to promoteand improve the health of our nation’s mothers and children. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) draws upon nearly a century of commitment and experience.

National Black Child Development Institute - The institute affiliate chapters provide direct services at the community level. NBCDI's nationwide affiliate network is a dynamic and geographically diverse force of dedicated volunteers located in urban and rural areas and on college campuses across the country.

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health - The alliance focuses the health, mental health and human services needs of Hispanic communities.

National Center for Children in Poverty: The center aims to improve the lives of low-income children and their families by delivering its research to advocates and policymakers seeking to craft effective policies that promote healthy child development, and strong, nurturing families that are economically secure.

National Head Start Association - NHSA provides a national forum for the continued enhancement of Head Start services for poor children ages zero to five, and their families. It is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to the concerns of the Head Start community.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY_- NICHCY has a contact page for every state in the US with contacts including political figures, CSHCN contacts, mental health agency contacts, state disability organization contacts, and parent group contacts.

National Institute of Health - Begun as a one-room Laboratory of Hygiene in 1887, the National Institutes of Health today is one of the world's foremost biomedical research centers, and the Federal focal point for biomedical research in the U.S. Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System- Formerly known as the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System (TECECDS), the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) is housed at the Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the Texas State Center for Early Childhood Development. TECPDS is one of several statewide programs managed by CLI to support the early childhood system, including programs, professionals, and families across the state.

Our Kids – The website is devoted to raising kids with special needs. It has a lot of useful, practical information and is a great place to receive support. This website also provides information for professional from a parents' perspective.

Shriner's Children's Texas- The system provides care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries, and other special health care needs.

The Urban Institute - The Urban Institute investigates social and economic problems confronting the nation and analyzes efforts to solve these problems. The Institute seeks to increase Americans' improve the formulation and implementation of government decisions. Much of its research is available to the public.

Zero to Three – The organization focuses exclusively on these miraculous first years of life - the critical period when a child undergoes the greatest human growth and development. It's also a period when you - the parent or professional - can make a great impact and positively influence a child's future.  

For more information about Maternal and Child Health in Texas, please contact us at:

Texas Department of State Health Services
Maternal & Child Health
PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
Austin, TX 78714-9347
(512) 776-7373: Phone
(512) 458-7658: Fax

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Last updated March 14, 2022