The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) established Child Protective Services (CPS). Child Protective Services is the agency that provides protection for children at risk of abuse or neglect.

The initial goal of the agency was to strengthen families and promote safe, nurturing homes for children. These days, however, CPS is most commonly known for taking children away from their parents and making it extremely challenging to get them back. While by law, parents may not be deprived of custody of their children against their wishes without the existence of extraordinary circumstances, in practice that doesn’t always happen.

CPS investigators are notorious for demanding things they have no right to, and for failing to follow procedures that are required by law. It is vital you consult an experienced family law attorney who can guide you through this nightmare. Barring an emergency, a government agent needs your consent or a court order to come into your home.

Reporting Abuse or Neglect in Texas

Suspected child abuse or neglect can be reported to the DFPS online or over the phone; if a child is in immediate danger, local law enforcement can also be contacted. Some professions are under a legal duty to report any and all possible cases, including teachers, social workers, healthcare professionals, and more. Nationally, over 60 percent of abuse and neglect reports are made by professionals who have contact with the child in question as part of their job.

CPS is legally obligated to investigate every report, even false ones. According to a report from the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, almost 55 percent of abuse cases reported to CPS statewide do not meet the requirements for CPS to take action.

Brazoria County Child Protective Services Legal Defense

Facing the removal of your children by CPS can be terrifying. When you work with Terry & Roberts, we help you navigate the chaos surrounding the situation and help you protect your family. There are few things scarier than being targeted by CPS. When the state comes after your family, you must have the help of a qualified Texas CPS Lawyer.

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