Representing Families in Texas Child Protective Services Cases for Over 20 Years
In Texas, the goal of our state's Child Protective Services (CPS) agency is to protect the interests of children. The agency was established to intervene whenever a child's safety and well-being are perceived to be at risk due to unfit parenting.
CPS will investigate and potentially remove children in situations of:
- Child abuse
- Domestic violence
- Child neglect
- Endangerment of children
Texas CPS does a very admirable and important job, but sometimes it may overstep its boundaries and break apart loving families. If you are currently being investigated by CPS or your child has been taken from you, then you should contact our qualified CPS lawyers in Killeen, TX right away. We can help you advocate for your parental rights during a hearing.
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How long does a CPS investigation last?
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, investigations are usually completed within 30 days. During this time, DFPS investigators are tasked with determining whether a child has been neglected or abused, is in any future danger of neglect or abuse, and whether the child is currently safe.
What happens when the CPS takes away your children?
If CPS declares a child's current living situation as harmful to their interests, they have the right to place the child in temporary custody of the agency. Under state law, when a child is removed from their home environment, a judge may decide to put them in the care of a relative or foster care.
Whenever the CPS takes action against a parent, there will be several hearings, all of which are very important to attend. Hearings are legal procedures, so it is smart to have an attorney on your side. Not showing up to a hearing can reflect badly on you and express a lack of interest to the judge on your part. In hearings, you can present your side of the case and argue why you believe you should keep your child.
If the judge denies your claim to keep custody of your children, you will lose your parental rights. Your children will be placed for adoption. Our skilled CPS attorneys in Killeen have experience defending parental rights and may be able to minimize the chance of this happening to you.
What if the allegations against me are false?
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for false accusations of child abuse or neglect to surface against a parent. Many false reports are the result of misinterpretations, snap judgments, or even deliberate acts of spite or anger from ex-spouses or in-laws. Regardless of the source or origin of the report, CPS has a duty to take seriously and investigate every claim. If a caseworker does arrive at your home, the best thing you can do is to be polite, remain calm, and call an attorney.
Can a CPS case be dismissed?
Yes. If a judge feels that Child Protective Services has not provided ample evidence to substantiate their claims, he or she may dismiss the case.
How do you fight a CPS case?
If CPS believes they have evidence of neglect or abuse, the best thing you can do to help your case is to counter with additional evidence of your own. The more information you can provide to dismiss or explain any of the “proof” they have against you, the stronger your chances of having the case dismissed. Working with an experienced attorney is another necessary step to ensure that your rights as a parent are protected throughout the process. Your attorney knows how CPS works and can provide you with the guidance you need during this difficult time.
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