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Category: CPS

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 1: Introduction

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 1: Introduction

The Texas Children’s Commission recently put out a great guide for parents navigating the CPS system, and I thought it might be beneficial for some parents to do a multi-part series revolving around it and how to use it to its fullest potential, as it is quite lengthy and has a lot of information. I […]

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Terminating Parental Rights in Texas

Terminating Parental Rights in Texas

Divorce hearings are complicated. Exchanges can lead to some unpleasant revelations. Some divorces, however, arise from a mutual agreement that the marriage is not working out. These cases are usually concerned with ironing out details.  However, there are cases where one party hurls a serious accusation towards the other party. These cases can lead to […]

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CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 3: How Did I Get Here?

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 3: How Did I Get Here?

One of the first mistakes I see people make at the beginning of this process is to immediately try to figure out “who reported me”. The bottom line is that it doesn’t really matter, and it often can do you a disservice to focus on that issue rather than the more relevant issues of “what […]

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How to Avoid Problems with CPS (DFPS)

How to Avoid Problems with CPS (DFPS)

I thought I would start off this blog with a bit of information on what types of things to watch out for that can get DFPS (Department of Family and Protective Services, the umbrella organization for CPS) involved in your life.  Most of the time, when people are looking up or contacting lawyers about their […]

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Family Team Meetings and Group Conferences during a CPS Case

Family Team Meetings and Group Conferences during a CPS Case

Child Protective Services Program The Child Protective Services Program is one of the programs of the government which aims to look after children who are victims of abuse and neglect. The personnel of this program handles the investigation of reports pertaining to any alleged abuse or negligence to a child. They are the ones responsible […]

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Children Placed in Foster Care in Texas

Children Placed in Foster Care in Texas

It is unfortunate that many children are born in less than ideal situations. Some have been results of abuse or teenage pregnancy. In any case, the parents may not be ready or capable to take care of the child. The State of Texas is always concerned with the welfare of all children regardless of circumstance. […]

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Everything You Need to Know about CPS in Texas

Everything You Need to Know about CPS in Texas

There are many situations that might lead CPS in Texas to take your child into their possession. CPS stands for Child Protection Services, and according to the Texas Family Code, it has the authority to handle investigations regarding neglect and abuse against children. CPS in Texas will carry out investigations when there are signs and allegations […]

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Avoiding CPS And What To Do When You Can’t

Avoiding CPS And What To Do When You Can’t

Occasionally I will get a call from someone who either is in the early stages of a CPS investigation, or is concerned that a report may have been made, about how to avoid CPS involvement. Sometimes, this is a fairly complicated question, but there are definitely some things that can increase your likelihood of being involved […]

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The Importance of your Lawyer in a CPS Case

The Importance of your Lawyer in a CPS Case

Child Protective Services (CPS) is under Texas’ Department of Family and Protective Services.  This department’s role is to look after the welfare of children in the state of Texas and also provide them with the protection children need.  When dealing with a case with the CPS department, having a lawyer to help with the proceedings […]

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CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 4: Who are all the people working on my case?

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 4: Who are all the people working on my case?

The sheer number of people involved in a CPS case can be daunting at best. Often, it seems like parties who may be aligned as filling the same role, but in reality they serve distinct purposes and it is important to tailor your behavior regarding each of the parties differently. Rather than go over each […]

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