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This toolkit provides information, a form, and more to help you deal with Child Protective Services. This toolkit was developed by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, the CPS Helpline for Strong Families and Safe Children, and various other organizations.   
This article provides an overview of attorneys ad litem and amicus attorneys in family law cases.  
This article provides information on reporting abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services. This article was written by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the CPS Family Helpline for Strong Families & Safe Children.  
  This article provides information on the investigation phase when dealing with Child Protective Services. This article was written by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the CPS Family Helpline for Strong Families & Safe Children.  
This article provides information on the investigation phase when dealing with Child Protective Services. This article was written by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the CPS Family Helpline for Strong Families & Safe Children.  
This article provides information on the Child Protective Services removal process. This article was written by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the CPS Family Helpline for Strong Families & Safe Children.    
This article provides information on the conservatorship phase of dealing with Child Protective Services. This article was written by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the CPS Family Helpline for Strong Families & Safe Children.  
This article provides information on the final hearing, dismissal, extension and monitored phase of dealing with Child Protective Services. This article was written by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the CPS Family Helpline for Strong Families & Safe Children. Adapted from the Texas Young Lawyers Association DFPS...
This article provides information on Child Protective Services and termination of parental rights. This article was written by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the CPS Family Helpline for Strong Families & Safe Children.  
This article about CPS investigations was written by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. 
This overview of the timeline of Child Protective Services involvement was written by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. It was adapted from Texas Young Lawyer’s Association's
This article contains answers to common questions about how to get court-ordered temporary authority to care of a child. This article was written by Texas Legal Services Center. 
This interactive handbook by the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families describes what happens when CPS investigates a family or removes a child from the home. What are your rights? Who are all the different people working on the case? What can you expect when you go to court? What...
This article contains information on kinship placements. When a child is removed from his or her biological parents, Child Protective Services (“CPS”) will try to place the children with a family member first. This is called “kinship care” or “relative care.” A benefit of kinship placement is that the child will be able to have...
This article discusses serving incarcerated persons in Texas with citation and documents in a family law case.  
This article explains how you serve a family law respondent who lives in Mexico.  
This article contains a manual with information and resources for grandparents and other nonparents caring for a child, including information about public benefits. This article was written by the Texas Kincare Task Force.   
This article is composed of excerpts from the Handbook for Families involved with Child Protective Services. This 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...
This article explains the limited right to a lawyer in family law cases in Texas.