Why does CPS have to put kids in foster care?

Occasionally, kids have to be removed and placed into the foster care system. It’s a sad reality that is sometimes unavoidable. The problem with some counties and some units is that they use the current system in order to manipulate the case against you and take advantage of the powers given to them by the … Read more

Monitored Return

Section 263.403 of the Texas Family Code provides that the court may produce an order that “(1) retains the court’s jurisdiction; (2) returns the child to the parent; (3) continues CPS to serve as the child’s TMC; and (4) provides that CPS monitors the family to ensure the child’s safety.”  §263.403.  If the court orders … Read more

The Beginning of your Court Case

How do I get my kids back from CPS? Your case is in court and the show cause hearing also called the 14-day hearing is the start of us working to get your kids back. Most of the time, we want to avoid your case going to court but if the children have been removed … Read more

Is CPS on the prowl?

Is Abuse and Neglect on the rise or is CPS on the prowl? You have probably seen the posts on social media and the news of growing concern towards a possible increase in abuse and neglect because of the stay at home orders. This concern is a valid but I’m curious as to whether or … Read more

Sue CPS

A suit against CPS will most likely need to be filed in the federal court. An experienced civil attorney can do an assessment on whether your civil/constitutional rights have been violated. If CPS has taken actions which are affecting you right now and have negative effects, we suggest consulting our firm. We encourage taking specific … Read more

Why is CPS at my door?

Why is CPS visiting my home and wanting to talk to my family? In most situations, someone called the CPS hotline and made a claim/report against you or your family. The State of Texas requires that CPS to investigate every report. An investigation is an attempt to gather information and build a case against you. … Read more

Safety Plans

What did I just sign? A safety plan is simply an agreement between you and Child Protective Services (CPS). A safety plan is not a court order and does not have the same effect as a court order. Again, it is just an agreement between you and CPS. These agreements can require a parent to … Read more

Parental Child Safety Placement (PCSP)

What is a PCSP? Why are my kids with a family member or friend? How can I get my kids back? These are questions we hear and answer everyday. First, let’s define what’s going on and why your kids are placed out of the home. PCSP is defined by CPS as “a temporary, short-term out-of-home … Read more

Drug Tests

CPS wants me to take a drug test? You need to talk to an attorney before completing a drug test through CPS. First, drug tests should be taken through attorney client privilege before doing one through CPS. Please remember that drug tests with CPS are optional unless there is a court order that requires you … Read more

Status Review Hearing

If you are approaching the first Status Review hearing in your CPS case, then you are in the beginning of your case and you need to be making your first steps towards completing services. The Status hearing occurs no later than 60 days after the court ordered removal. Right now, CPS is Temporary Managing Conservator … Read more

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