Being confronted with a CPS investigation can be a scary thing for Texas parents facing allegations of child abuse or neglect.
CPS lawyers are contacted by parents every day who are concerned about what can happen and confused about what they should do to protect themselves and their families.
The key to getting through one of these investigations in the most favorable way possible is for parents to know their rights.
CPS attorneys urge parents facing an investigation to learn about parental rights in a CPS investigation and then seek any legal assistance they may need to help them through the process.
1. Parents Have The Right to be Informed
From the moment a parent learns they are the subject of a CPS investigation, they have the right to be informed about who the investigator is, what the allegations are against them, what the investigation entails, and other information.
CPS lawyers find that many times, parents will understand the source of a complaint against them once the situation is explained and working through the issue becomes easier.
2. Parents Have The Right To Review CPS Records
In addition to the right to be informed about allegations and the investigation taking place, CPS attorneys point out that parents also have the right to request copies of all case records kept by the organization.
Investigation records can be important to these cases for helping parents and their lawyers understand the basis of the investigation, the path the investigation is taking, and what can be done to conclude the investigation on a positive note.
3. Parents Have The Right To Seek Legal Counsel
When faced with a CPS investigation, it is highly recommended that parents seek legal counsel who can help them through the process.
Not every case requires the assistance of a CPS lawyer, but legal consultation can provide confused parents with the advice they need to proceed correctly.
4. Parents Have The Right To Have Interviews Recorded
When undergoing interviews during CPS investigations, parents may request that these interviews be recorded for future reference, so there is no questioning of what is said by either party during those discussions.
Yet CPS attorneys do warn that this request should be made carefully, as it can work for or against a parent’s case.
5. Parents Have The Right To Refuse To Cooperate
Additionally, parents do have the right to refuse to cooperate with investigators, although CPS attorneys find that doing so could make their circumstances worse.
When parents refuse to cooperate, CPS then has the right to seek a court order to compel them to do so, so the investigation can be completed.
Watch To Learn More About Parental Rights In CPS Investigations
In this informative video, Texas Board-Certified Family Law practitioner Greg Housewirth discusses Texas CPS Investigationsand every parent’s rights when facing one:
Consult With An Experienced CPS Lawyer When Facing a CPS Investigation
It is critical that any parent facing a CPS investigation understand their rights from the very beginning.
It is also essential that parents consult with a CPS lawyer to represent them so they can learn what recourse they have and have their rights protected during the investigation.
An experienced lawyer can help worried Texas parents make it through a CPS investigation with the most favorable outcome possible based on the circumstances.
Schreier & Housewirth Family Law
1800 West Bowie Street, Suite 200-E
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.