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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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CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 5: Confidentiality

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 5: Confidentiality

There are a couple different levels of confidentiality as far as a CPS case goes. The first of which is information that CPS is not entitled to by default. This largely pertains to things like medical records that are protected via federal law. Sometimes, it may be worthwhile to fight over the confidentiality of such […]

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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 Parent Resource Guide Part 2: How Do I Help Myself and My Family?

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 2: How Do I Help Myself and My Family?

One of the main points of this section that I will highlight is self-advocacy. It is vitally important to not be passive in this process, and the main way of being active is simply by COMMUNICATING. Talk with your attorney if you have one, talk to your caseworker, talk to the guardian for the children. […]

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What’s the Difference Between a Sole Managing and Joint Managing Conservator?

What’s the Difference Between a Sole Managing and Joint Managing Conservator?

Conservatorship pertains to the physical and legal aspects of the custody over the children when the parents are not married anymore or the parties have never been married to begin with. The word “custody” is not really a term recognized by the laws of Texas. It is considered to be the loose term for conservatorship. […]

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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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Tips for Recognizing Child Abuse

Tips for Recognizing Child Abuse

Child abuse is something that affects more children than most are aware of, and it is up to everyone to help protect children from these situations. Beyond that, it is an obligation under the law to report children who you suspect are being abused. One of the primary issues that people have, though, is being […]

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Time limitations on enforcement of child support arrears

Time limitations on enforcement of child support arrears

Many people assume that the attorney general stops enforcing child support arrears when the child turns 18. Often, however, this is not the case, and can lead to some scary situations for people who are unprepared. In Texas, the law states that the court maintains their jurisdiction for up to 2 years after the obligation […]

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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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