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What to Expect in a Texas CPS Case

Updated on October 31, 2012

Texas residents involved in a Child Protective Services (CPS) case often find the process confusing and surprisingly quick. This is because unlike most legal matters, CPS cases follow a relatively short timeline. As such, it is crucially important that individuals facing a CPS case familiarize themselves with the process as soon as the case arises.

There are a few free resources available online that can help you prepare for your case. Ideally it is best to consult with a CPS caseworker, but if this isn’t possible, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) website has a list of the most frequently asked questions about CPS along with detailed answers. This site is the best place to start since it provides a preliminary overview of CPS and since the information is from CPS itself (CPS is part of the DFPS).

TYLA CPS Handbook

For a more thorough explanation of what to expect you may want to read the Texas Young Lawyers’ Association (TYLA) CPS handbook entitled, What You Should Know About Your Child Abuse, Neglect, or CPS Case. This 20-page handbook explains the CPS process in great detail and in simple terms. It contains information about:

  • CPS policies and procedures
  • The timeline that all CPS cases follow
  • The people involved in a CPS case
  • The right of parents or guardians of a child who has been removed from their home by CPS
  • The definitions and acronyms most commonly used by CPS

State Bar of Texas CPS Handbook

Another great source of information is the State Bar of Texas CPS handbook entitled, A Handbook for Parents and Guardians in Child Protection Cases. This 15-page handbook explains the CPS process, provides answers to frequently asked questions, and helps parents navigate the CPS process. The handbook can be used to write the names of the people involved in your case, and the dates of meetings and court hearings. For example, there are spaces available for you to record the contact information for your caseworker and/or attorney. There are even spaces for you to record things you want to discuss with each person on your list.


The information in this article is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this or associated pages, comments, answers, or other communications should be taken as legal advice. The information provided is not intended to create, and viewing of this information does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.


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      turboturtl79 4 years ago

      I just A case on me and they are all treating us like we are the worst parents in the world. And we r not, we had a screw up, just one; not a hundred of the. in the past ten years. im not one to be cross with anything that has to do with kids but its like they just look for the bad in people and that's what they prey on: And they say they are doing this in best intrest of the child, so ripping them out of a home school and take the parents away, Not to see or even talk to, Hell I don't even Know Where my KID(s) are don't know How they are doing, How they are coping with all this. Well I am Lost in all this, and the book above that tells you what to exspect is foney. Everything in there that they are suppose to do They Haven't done but one or two things in it.. Where do I go to speak to someone that is above ALL THESE WANT TO BE CHIEFS there need to be more workers that just take down fact And not make decisions that will Ruin a family that is doing good, WE are NOT perfect WE ARE HUMAN WE all make mistakes. its what we learn from them and how we apply it to your life. that determines how good or bad we truly are!!!!!!!!!!!! Im NOTreal confindet that we will be treated like a Human or LIKE an animal. punished for the rest of our lifes, for one mishap

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      Bahin Ameri 5 years ago from California

      Yes, it can be really traumatic for most people. And lets be honest, many CPS agencies have a record of mishandling cases.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I just had a friend's daughter experience this process. It's not a pleasant experience. Great information and very helpful.