Monthly Archives: August 2010

Attorney Ad Litem

One of the most frustrating things about AAL’s is when you have to deal with one that either doesn’t have children or is simply oblivious to the reality of raising a sick or chronically ill child. The questions that are … Continue reading

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Can I place my child with other family members

When children have been abused or neglected, DFPS may remove them from their homes to ensure their immediate safety. The court system is required to consider a temporary placement with a relative and asks the parents to provide DFPS with … Continue reading

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Do I need a lawyer

You have the right to consult with a lawyer at any point in the investigation at your own expense. If CPS files a lawsuit requesting Temporary Managing Conservatorhip and you don’t agree, the Court will determine if you are financially … Continue reading

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CPS and state law

State law requires anybody who believes that a child has been abused or neglected to make a report to Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (CPS) or to a law enforcement agency.  The law requires CPS to investigate reports … Continue reading

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What is family-based services

When CPS investigates an allegation they will close the investigation by either “ruling out” the risk, “finding” risk, or “unable to determine” the risk.  If the latter is found, CPS will often (most always) ask the family to “voluntarily” agree … Continue reading

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CPS and Parallel Criminal Case

Often times a parent may have a CPS case and a parallel criminal case. If this has happened it is vital that you get an attorney that is familiar in representing parents in both cases. Here’s why: I you have … Continue reading

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What You Should Know if CPS Targets You or Your Family

1) Take the accusation seriously. It doesn’t matter if you think the allegation is unreasonable or stupid.  CPS is serious, and will presume that you are guilty as accused. They may not say that they are there to take your … Continue reading

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