What to Expect in a Texas CPS Case
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.
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