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CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 2: How Do I Help Myself and My Family? 1


One of the main points of this section that I will highlight is self-advocacy. It is vitally important to not be passive in this process, and the main way of being active is simply by COMMUNICATING. Talk with your attorney if you have one, talk to your caseworker, talk to the guardian for the children. The more involved you are in this process the harder it is to ignore you, and for your case to slip through the cracks.

This doesn’t mean to be angry or aggressive with these people, as that can definitely backfire, but making polite and frequent inquiries can go a LONG way. If you do feel yourself getting angry (sometimes this is intentionally incited by caseworkers to see how you react), try your best to stay calm, and if you can’t, find a way to politely exit the conversation. If you need to rant to someone, choose your attorney, as in that case the information remains confidential as opposed to being part of a CPS case file.

Click to access Part-2-from-Child-Protective-Services-Parent-Resource-Guide-2015.pdf

For the full text of this guide, click here.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at timothy.hutton@austintexaslegal.com

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