The very mention of a CPS investigation can send shivers down any parent’s spine - and for good reason.

CPS is a powerful organization that exists to protect children and ensure their safety; however, CPS claims can be heart-wrenching for families, even in the majority of cases which result in no action by the agency.

The key to successfully dealing with CPS in the event of a claim is to contact a CPS lawyer and then understand the purpose and structure of this organization.

What Is CPS?

CPS, or Child Protective Services, is the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

It is the state agency in charge of performing CPS investigations of child abuse or neglect.

It is a large and powerful agency with thousands of employees who work in different regions and offices throughout the state to respond to CPS claims and perform investigations to assess potential situations where children might be at risk.

How Do CPS Claims and Investigations Work?

CPS lawyers experienced with the CPS system understand its working as a multi-layered organization, with numerous people involved in each case.

Though the first person that a parent may have contact with is a CPS investigator, that investigator reports to others, who in turn report to entire committees that make decisions on each case.

Dealing with a CPS claim can be a slow process due to the number of people involved in each case, a detail that can rightfully cause concern among parents facing an investigation.

CPS investigators hold immense power to act on behalf of a child immediately if they feel it is necessary, leaving the questions to be answered later.

View This Helpful Video About The Internal Functioning of CPS

Learn more about the inner workings of CPS and why it is so important to consult a CPS lawyer in this informative video presented by Texas Board-Certified Family Law practitioner Greg Housewirth.

Understanding How CPS Works Is Essential For Resolving CPS Claims

From the first moment a parent is contacted by a Texas CPS investigator, it is critical that they consult with a lawyer.

An experienced CPS lawyer can review the claim against them, then provide legal guidance as necessary.

In addition, it is important that parents understand that there are levels to every CPS claim and other people beyond their investigator who can sometimes be contacted to resolve a CPS issue.

Regardless, parents should always take dealings with this very powerful state agency seriously and reach out for the legal help they may need to protect their children, their parental rights, and their family.

Schreier & Housewirth Family Law

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Fort Worth TX 76110



Gregory L. Housewirth is a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist practicing in Fort Worth Texas. With 30 years of family law experience, Mr. Housewirth has represented hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, CPS, modification, and grandparent cases. In addition, Mr. Housewirth is a qualified family law mediator and a member of Collaborative Law Texas, a practice group dedicated to promoting collaborative divorce in Texas.


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