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Category: CPS

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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CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 6: The CPS Investigation

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 6: The CPS Investigation

This section is an important one to pay attention to for anyone who is going through the investigation stages of a CPS process (or hopefully even before it). There are quite a lot of misconceptions about this process, but one main point is the importance of giving the investigators enough information to rule out allegations, […]

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CPS Investigations and Drug Use

CPS Investigations and Drug Use

Substance abuse is one of the usual cracks in the pavement that can be hard to cover up, especially once it affects people beyond those of the abusers. For example, a rebelling teenager who abuses drugs and alcohol could have his or her parents worried sick over his or her lack of control with addiction […]

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Grandparent Involvement in a CPS Case

Grandparent Involvement in a CPS Case

  A CPS case can be one of the toughest family law case an attorney has to handle. It can be really heartbreaking, at the same time frustrating. From the point of view of the child, it is alleged that he or she is a victim of neglect or abuse at the hands of people […]

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CPS Parent Resoure Guide Part 9: Family Group Decision-Making

CPS Parent Resoure Guide Part 9:  Family Group Decision-Making

Studies have shown that parents who work  with a support network made up of family, friends, neighbors, community members and teachers are more likely to have their cases successfully dismissed while the children in these cases are less likely to end up in foster care long term.   Family Group Meetings are organized by CPS […]

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CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 8: Court Process and Planning for a Permanent Process

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 8: Court Process and Planning for a Permanent Process

If your children have been removed and a judge has determined CPS has enough evidence to maintain temporary custody , the next year of your life will be filled with a series of meetings and court hearings.     Several times throughout the case you and your attorney will meet with CPS for Permanency Planning Team […]

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CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 7: Removal

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 7: Removal

The removal phase is one where there start to become an increasing number of legal protections in place. The most important thing in this phase is to be careful not to consent to things that you do not mean to, and end up waiving your rights before you even know they exist. At the point […]

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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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