Defending Relatives' Rights Against CPS
Did Child Protective Services Take Your Children?
Relatives of children besides the parents have certain legal rights when
it comes to the wellbeing of those children. In some cases, a parent may
require the help of relatives to temporarily care for the children, for
example, if the parents are hospitalized. In such cases, orders can be
set up to give the chosen relative, such as a
grandparent, the right to act as the children's guardian.
These can be renewed indefinitely with agreement from the parent. If the
parent is not voluntarily placing their children in the care of another,
their parental rights may be questioned by concerned relatives or by Child
Protective Services (CPS), also referred to as the
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS)
Your Rights as a Relative
If CPS is involved with children to whom you are related and you wish to
ensure their best interests are protected, it is vital you have the assistance of a
Houston child protective services lawyer. You have the legal right to be notified if CPS plans to remove the children
from their home yet there are cases on record where this right has been
violated. Once you are aware of this possibility, you may make your interest
in having the children placed with you known to CPS, who would then investigate
to determine if you are a suitable guardian.
How to Fight Child Protective Services
Even if you do succeed in having the children placed with you, this does
not afford you legal custody, nor the rights that attend it. Petitioning
for custody may be necessary to ensure the children's best interests
are protected and they are able to remain with their family. At my firm,
Dennis M. Slate, Attorney at Law, we are dedicated to doing whatever is
needed to fight for your rights as a family and protect children from
destructive actions by CPS.
combined experience of more than two decades, we are well-versed in what is required to provide effective help and
can guide you through every aspect of your case. If you are concerned
for the well-being of a child to whom you are related,
contact a Houston child protective services lawyer for help exercising your rights.