Can You Help Me Get My Children Back From Child Protective Services?
Absolutely! CPS’ initial goal is always to reunite children with their families. Sometimes, it may be as simple as answering a few questions from CPS investigators, or it may be as detailed as needing to work services that are designed to put the family back together in a healthy way. Whether there is a court case or not, it is always important to have the guidance of an attorney when dealing with CPS because the consequences can be severe. Having an attorney with you in the process can help ensure that you do not agree to things that are unnecessary and that all parties follow the law with respect to child safety and parents’ rights. This is not an area you want to try and handle alone. Having an attorney like Christina along your side will ensure that your children remain with you or are returned to you as quickly as possible.
What Are My Rights In A CPS Case?
Parents have a large number of rights during CPS cases, whether there are court orders or not. Parents continue to have the right to have access to your children, including visits and even phone calls. Parents are able to receive all the information about their child’s well being even when children may not be in your care. It is crucial to stay in touch with any CPS workers assigned to help your family and consistently ask for the information about your child’s health, therapies, education, etc. Unless a specific court order limits your rights as a parents, you still have all the rights afforded to you under the law.
What Are The Possible Outcomes Of My CPS Case?
Ideally, all CPS cases end with parents and their children living together in a safe and stable home environment. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. There may be one parent who presents a danger that cannot be reunited with the children, or it may even be that both parents cannot live on a daily basis with their children. However, this does not mean that you have to agree to have your rights terminated. Reunification, conservatorship to a relative or kinship home, or the significant decision to have a case end with termination and adoption. Working with an attorney from the beginning will help ensure that the outcome you believe is in the best interest of your children is heard by CPS or the Court when making a decision about how to end the case.
What Can I Do To Improve The Chances Of A Favorable Outcome In My CPS Case?
Keep in contact with CPS is the number one priority. Instead of treating them like the enemy, you want to work with them. It is also important to take careful consideration of the material taught in any services that you may participate in through CPS. This will demonstrate to them that you are seriously considering their allegations and a willingness to change as necessary.
How Long Will My CPS Case Take?
Legal cases in Texas involving CPS taking conservatorship of your child or children have a one year dismissal date. There is only one extension available for an additional 6-month period. There are other deadlines imposed on CPS in policy with respect to their investigation timelines and other tasks. The timeframe for these cases can depend on a great number of factors, and it is important to talk to a specialized attorney like Christina to be sure the deadlines are being adhered to for you and your family.
What Can I Do If CPS Is Not Following The Court’s Orders?
Speak to an attorney immediately to evaluate your options for enforcement, sanctions, or contempt. CPS is not immune from following court orders and when children are involved, it is always important for all parties to be compliant with the Court’s orders.
Can You Help Me With A CPS Abuse Or Neglect Investigation?
Absolutely. Many families struggle through the investigation process and feel “railroaded” by a large state agency. Sometimes they feel bullied into agreeing to things that are not in their child’s best interest. Consult with an attorney from the very beginning of your CPS intake to be sure that your rights and the rights of your children are protected.