CPS


Prevent Child Abuse
Around the country child protective service agencies are having a hard time.  This includes CPS in Texas.  Case workers in Texas are handling between 21 and 36 children by themselves.  With a number this high, it is beyond the safe level.  Studies have shown the most cases a case worker can handle by themselves is 20.  Such a lack of services is what has led to a recent issue with CPS in Texas. In an ongoing court case, Texas Child Protective Services are insisting that the shortcomings in the system are not as bad as they have been portrayed.  Advocacy […]

Foster Care Lawsuit and the Two Faces of CPS


CPS Parent Resource Guide Cover
Teenage Parents and Former Foster Youth Parents   Teenage parents, those under the age of 18, can become involved with CPS as a child, as a parent, or both. For children under the age of 18, CPS becomes involved if the child is being abused or neglected, and as a parent CPS becomes involved if the parent are neglecting or abusing their child.   Just like any parent, teenage parents are responsible for keeping their child safe. Everything in the guide applies to teenagers as parents, and teenage parents can have their children removed. Because you are a teenager, your […]

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 13: Special Topics



One of the most difficult matters that a married couple will deal with is divorce and consequentially, custody battle. For whatever reasons, it will certainly be a tough time not just for both of them as individuals but also for the child. A spouse having a mental illness, however, will aggravate and make these situations even more complicated. The primary focus of attention in every custody case is the child’s welfare. Though the courts allow both parents to share, the court will likely to award sole custody to one parent when it sees that one parent is unfit to take […]

Having Mental Health Problems While in a Custody Battle


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Protective orders and name changes are some of the things that a party could want in a family law case. It is commonly needed when certain actions from a spouse or partner necessitate a request for protective orders from the court. This is pretty common in the presence of family violence. Family violence is basically a threat or an action of violence by one family member to another. Any threat or action that could cause or have caused physical harm, bodily injuries, as well as physical or sexual assault is classified as violence. Violence or threat of violence against a […]

What You Should Know About Protective Orders and Name Changes



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Being separated from their child is a legitimate fear over every parent. This is why most of the questions regarding Child Protection Services revolve around this.  The truth is, removing a child is more of a worst-case scenario. Many investigations result in removing certain persons from the home or a home transfer. Separating a child from the parents is usually a last resort. What to do if Removal is Necessary In cases wherein removal is absolutely necessary, there are certain things you have to prepare. First and foremost, you have to accept that the ruling, even when it is very […]

What to do when CPS Takes my Child


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It seems it is almost once a month nowadays I hear that another child has died while in foster care. Between September 2011, and August 2013, the number of foster children who died from abuse or neglect while in care rose from two per year, to eight per year1. That’s a staggering increase if that trend holds up. Obviously, in such small numbers, its possible we are simply looking at a statistical variation, however, these are not freak occurrences. From my perspective, this raises some questions in regards to both licensing standards as well as the eyes on the ground in […]

Rising number of child deaths in foster care