Helpful Information from The Law Office of Patrick O’Fiel, P.C.
In the state of Texas, the Child Protective Services (CPS) division is charged with investigating and acting in response to reports of abuse and neglect of children. CPS can place children in foster care or adoptive homes, but also provides a range of services to children and families in their own homes, as well as guidance to youth in foster care who are making the transition to adulthood.
How Do You Become a Party to a CPS Investigation?
Texas state law mandates that anyone who has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected must report the abuse/neglect to the CPS, which must then complete an investigation. The first step in the process is typically an interview of the child. The interview must take place at a reasonable time and place, which can include a school building or facility. CPS officials must make a reasonable attempt to notify parents of such an interview within 24 hours of its occurrence. They will then discuss the allegations with you, seeking explanation of any injuries or safety concerns. They will typically conduct an assessment of the likelihood of future abuse or neglect, and may conduct a criminal background check on a parent or guardian.
Will Your Children Be Removed from Your Home?
The Child Protective Services Division rarely removes children from a home, and generally only in circumstances where they believe doing so is essential to protect children from abuse or neglect. This typically happens only when CPS officials cannot identify any reasonable measures that will ensure the safety of children in their own home.
CONTACT OUR OFFICE
At The Law Office of Patrick O’Fiel, P.C., we have more than 10 years of practice experience in representing parents in CPS cases. To schedule a personal and confidential meeting with an experienced Hill Country child protective services attorney, e-mail us or call us at (830) 331-5977.