Child Protective Services
Child Protective Services, or CPS, is a government organization that is responsible for the health, well-being and safety of children in Texas. They are often involved of cases of child abuse, child neglect, divorce cases and custody proceedings. They may also be involved in cases involving adopted children.
CPS performs assessments and investigations to determine the presence of child abuse and child neglect. Their investigations may involve home visits, parent and child interviews and observation of families at home and elsewhere.
CPS Violation Penalties
If Child Protective Services conducts an investigation and determines that abuse or neglect has been committed against children, they can take several steps in Houston. The law requires that any reports of child abuse or neglect must be thoroughly investigated by CPS. Also, anyone who suspects child abuse is legally required to report it.
If CPS finds evidence of abuse, they can:
- Alert the police to conduct their own investigation
- Begin the process of removing children from parental custody
- Suspend the caretaker privileges of adoptive parents
- Revoke the license of a childcare center operator
When CPS is called in to work on a case, they are typically involved in an investigation for a period of 12 to 18 months. During this time, they observe parental and child behavior, conduct interviews, collect information and file reports. Dealing with a government organization for such a long time can be stressful and exhausting.
A defense lawyer can help to sort through the CPS process. They can contact outside experts and third party specialists to conduct independent investigations to contradict the findings of CPS. They may consult with medical experts who can determine if signs of physical harm were actually produced by abusive or neglectful behavior.
The goal of an independent investigation is to collect a body of evidence to counter the findings of CPS and the claims of the prosecution. A successful defense may result in the return of parental or custodial rights and the dropping of abuse charges.
Hire a Houston, Texas Attorney
Accusations from the CPS are very serious. Failing to take the proper legal action can result in you losing your children forever. Schedule your free case review with Justin T. Surginer today by calling 713-589-8855.