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What to do when CPS Takes my Child

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 difficult. Resisting the removal and reacting with violence will not help your cause. It will only validate the removal since you may be considered as a violent parent who could bring danger to your child. If they are forced to call law enforcement like the police, it can be a permanent record.

It is better to prepare both you and your child. Once your child is already at an age where they can understand, then you should explain the situation carefully, being sensitive about their feelings. 

It is best to reassure them that this is temporary, and you will work hard to make sure you will be together again. Answer their questions honestly, but in a manner that they would not be scared or angry. 

The CPS will not always give prior notice. In some cases, they may only give half a day. It is best that you pack their bags even if there is a remote possibility.

Packing for Your Child

While this is a difficult situation for parents, remember that it is probably more distressing for your child. When you pack their bags, it is best that you consider their emotional well-being, not just their physical needs.

Aside from their usual clothes, it is best to pack extra sets of warm clothing just in case their facility would be cold. Also, include the child’s favorite things: their toys, games or any item that it is important to them and makes them feel better. It can be a stuffed toy or a security blanket, pack it in and explain to the CPS personnel that it is important for your child.

There is also a possibility that your child would be sent to one of your relatives’ homes. The CPS may seek contact numbers of your relatives, and it is best to cooperate with them. 

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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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