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Handbook for Families involved with Child Protective Services (CPS)

This interactive handbook describes what happens when CPS investigates you or removes your child. What are your rights? Who are all the different people working on the case? What can you expect when you go to court? What can you do to keep your family together? This handbook answers many of your questions.

The Parent Resource Guide (the handbook) was written by the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Child, Youth and Families, a group of parents, parent advocates, lawyers, judges, social workers and others who work with families just like yours.

 

Click HERE for the FULL Interactive CPS Guide

 

 

Angry. Sad. Embarrassed. Stressed.

You might be feeling all of these emotions and more if your family is involved with Child Protective Services (CPS). When CPS is in your life, you may have to do things you’ve never had to do before like talking to an investigator, returning phone calls to a caseworker, setting up appointments with different people, and keeping those appointments even when it seems impossible. You may also have to keep a job or go to school or find a new place to live. You might be worried about being treated fairly and whether you can trust the people you talk to. Most of all, you are probably worried about what will happen to your children and family. You might be feeling all of these emotions and more if your family is involved with Child Protective Services (CPS). When CPS is in your life, you may have to do things you’ve never had to do before like talking to an investigator, returning phone calls to a caseworker, setting up appointments with different people, and keeping those appointments even when it seems impossible. You may also have to keep a job or go to school or find a new place to live. You might be worried about being treated fairly and whether you can trust the people you talk to. Most of all, you are probably worried about what will happen to your children and family.

How to Use This Book

Do not be scared by the amount of information in this Handbook. You do not have to read all of it. Depending on what’s going on with your case, you may find some parts more helpful than others. If you have a lawyer, you will want to ask him or her which sections of this book would be best for you to read.

This handbook describes what happens when CPS investigates you or removes your child. 

Click the link below for the FULL Interactive CPS Guide