Catch and Release: The New World of CPS Investigation

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I can’t make this stuff up. Because Texas CPS has implemented what I call a “catch and release” policy when investigating allegations of child abuse or neglect, stories of CPS investigations like the one I’m going to share with you happen every day. Here goes. Jimmy goes fishing and gets caught in a CPS dragnet.  Our […]

Bad Removals: When CPS gets it Wrong


What’s it like when your children are taken from you by CPS and placed into foster care?  After 25 years of helping families survive the trauma of a CPS removal, I still don’t really know.  But I see the anguish and tears of my CPS clients as they live out a nightmare and search for […]

Is There Food In Your Pantry? Getting Ready For Your CPS Home Study

Getting Ready For Your CPS Home Study

Grandparents and other family members who intervene in pending custody cases brought by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services must prepare themselves for a home study. While you can still get custody of a child without a favorable home study, your chances of success increase dramatically when an approved study is on file […]

Child Protection Or Family Selection?

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How Texas CPS stacks the Deck Is the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (“CPS”) only concerned with the protection of children, or does the Agency enter into alliances with foster families that deprive children the opportunity for placement with other family members? Does Texas CPS Play Favorites? Consider the following scenario. Baby Joe […]

Behind Enemy Lines: What Is CPS Telling Their Lawyers?

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The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has published an online practice guide for attorneys representing CPS in Texas. This guide can also be a valuable resource for families battling through a CPS investigation.