Houston Child Protective Services Cases
Foster Care and Your Rights
Fostering a child is one of the most caring and selfless acts in which
an individual or family can engage. Unfortunately, it can happen that
Child Protective Services (CPS), also recognized as the Texas Department
of Family and Protective Services, acts in such a way as to cause unnecessary
hardship and distress to foster families. Additionally, biological parents
and grandparents can have their children taken into foster care without
due cause, ruining numerous lives with this unacceptable injustice.
What Should I Do if Threatened by CPS?
If you feel you are threatened with either of these situations as a
grandparent, contact a
Houston protective services attorney immediately. The sooner you have legal representation, the better your
chances of resolving the matter successfully and without harm to your
family. If you have been falsely accused of
child abuse or
child neglect and are facing investigation or a court date, or are otherwise at risk
of losing your children, it is imperative you know your rights.
Some basic actions to keep in mind are:
- Keep a precise record of all contact you have with CPS.
- Say as little as possible. Statements made can be misconstrued or manipulated
and used against you so seek the advice of your attorney before communicating with CPS.
- For the same reason, do not allow private interviews with your child.
- Don't invite CPS agents inside your home.
- Don't agree to any deals involving such actions as psychological testing,
therapy or drug testing
Get Children Back from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Even what seems like a light inquiry by CPS regarding the care of your
children can be a very dangerous proposition. In order to avoid the risk
of having your family torn apart, it is crucial you seek legal advice
immediately. My firm, Dennis M. Slate, Attorney at Law, is dedicated to
defending the rights of parents and has been listed as Top Family Lawyers
in Houston by H Magazine.
Contact a Houston child protective services attorney right away if your rights as a foster parent are being threatened or you
are at risk of losing your children to foster care.