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Houston Child Protective Services Attorneys

Find out How You Can Fight CPS: Call (281) 407-9254

Although Child Protective Services (CPS) was established to defend and promote the welfare of children, it sometimes utterly violates this purpose. Having your contact and relationship with your children threatened is one of the most devastating experiences any parent can face.

If you feel you may be at risk of losing your children or have already suffered this injustice, contact a Harris County child protective services lawyer immediately. The sooner you have a legal professional fighting by your side, the more opportunity there is to right this wrong and get your children back.

By law, parents may not be deprived of custody of their children against the parent's wishes without the existence of extraordinary circumstances. The circumstances must be on the order of proof of child abuse, child neglect, abandonment, parental unfitness, or similar issues.

We provide child protective services defense, and have recently achieved victory against CPS in a landmark case in which children removed from their family were ordered returned, with CPS explicitly sanctioned.

  • Dennis M. Slate
    Dennis M. Slate Founding Attorney
  • Shirley A. Mitchell
    Shirley A. Mitchell Associate Attorney
  • Robert I. Kuehm
    Robert I. Kuehm Associate Attorney
  • Jackie Houlette
    Jackie Houlette Attorney
  • Lauren F. Durso
    Lauren F. Durso Associate Attorney
  • Hee Jin Chang
    Hee Jin Chang Associate Attorney
  • Ryann Tighe
    Ryann Tighe Paralegal
  • Maria Hernandez
    Maria Hernandez Paralegal
  • Clay Riese
    Clay Riese Paralegal
  • Dennis M. Slate Founding Attorney
    Dennis M. Slate

    Dennis M. Slate serves most of Greater Houston with offices in Deer Park, Houston, and a Brazoria County office in Pearland. Slate is a Double-Board Certified in Family Law and Child Welfare Law By The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, attorney with over 17 years’ experience, and thousands of cases under his belt. Slate is well respected in the court system and is a powerful advocate to have by your side. Read Full Profile

  • Shirley A. Mitchell Associate Attorney
    Shirley A. Mitchell

    Shirley A. Mitchell is an associate at Slate and associates. Her practice is primarily focused on family law. She has represented clients in complex litigations, mediations and appeals involving domestic relation matters. Read Full Profile

  • Robert I. Kuehm Associate Attorney
    Robert I. Kuehm

    Robert Ian Kuehm is an associate attorney with Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law. Robert was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 2007. Robert is a second generation family law attorney that has focused his practice exclusively on helping clients with their family law issues. Read Full Profile

  • Jackie Houlette Attorney
    Jackie Houlette

    Jackie Houlette is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. She has spent the last ten years focusing primarily on family law. Read Full Profile

  • Lauren F. Durso Associate Attorney
    Lauren F. Durso

    Lauren F. Durso is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was named a Super Lawyer in Family Law by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2014 and 2015. Prior to that, Lauren was named as a Rising Star in Family Law by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2005 and from 2007-2014. Read Full Profile

  • Hee Jin Chang Associate Attorney
    Hee Jin Chang

    Hee Jin Chang is an associate attorney with Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law. Hee Jin has dedicated her legal career to advocating for children and families, helping them navigate through the legal system. Read Full Profile

  • Ryann Tighe Paralegal
    Ryann Tighe

    Ryann Tighe is a paralegal at Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law. An indispensable team member since October 2009, Ryann has a wealth of knowledge and a remarkable memory for case details. Ryann is always up for a challenge when it comes to assisting clients in achieving the best possible outcome and offering assistance to co-workers. Read Full Profile

  • Maria Hernandez Paralegal
    Maria Hernandez

    Maria Hernandez has 20 years of paralegal experience in family, personal injury, and criminal law. Maria has obtained an Associate Degree in Applied Arts from Houston Community College and is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston Downtown. She regularly assists Attorney Simms with preparation of documents for hearings and trials. She appreciates the opportunity to assist clients who are navigating their complex family law and CPS defense matters. Read Full Profile

  • Clay Riese Paralegal
    Clay Riese

    Clay Riese joined the team at Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law, as an experienced family law paralegal. His career goal is to pursue his passion for helping clients succeed in the family law court systems, working alongside Attorney Gupta-Brietzke. Clay prides himself on his unwavering dedication to assisting both his teammates and the firm's clients. He is a proud Texas A&M graduate from the 2007 graduating class. Read Full Profile

Why Choose Us?

  • 60+ Years of Combined Legal Experience
  • Named One of the Top Family Law Firms in Houston by H Texas Magazine
  • 10/10 Avvo Rating
  • Attorney Slate Served in U.S. Military for 25 Years

What to Do If CPS Took Your Children

You need legal advice and representation immediately. Don't hesitate to contact Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law today. Here you will be treated with the utmost care, dignity, and respect.

With over six decades of combined experience, we have the knowledge and skill necessary to take effective action on your behalf. At our firm, we hold parents and parenting in the highest esteem and are dedicated to protecting the sanctity of the family unit. We have achieved countless successes for our clients, all while providing service at a fraction of the cost to our clients compared to the service of large downtown law firms.

We make ourselves accessible to clients at all hours, so you are never left without help when you need it most. Areas we serve include Houston, Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City, Kemah, La Porte, Seabrook, Webster, Texas City, Galveston, Dickinson, Pasadena, Deer Park, Baytown, Clear Lake Shores, Clear Lake City, Pearland, Angleton, and Alvin.

Contact a Houston child protective services lawyer for help fighting for your rights and those of your children.

Client Testimonials

  • “He was a hard fighter for us.”


  • “To Dennis and his entire staff, our family will be forever indebted.”

    Rebecca D.

  • “Do yourself a favor, trust Dennis Slate and his team to represent you in your time of need.”


  • “I will never forget your dedication, kindness and support.”

    Suzi C.

  • “Dennis owns the court room and demands justice.”

    Happy Client

  • “I recommend your life in the hands of Mr. Slate.”

    Happy Client

  • “Epitome of integrity and awesome.”


  • “If you want to walk into the court room and get the real results that you deserve, then make the drive to Deer Park and hire Slate Law!”


  • “It was a relief to be able to place my situation in capable hands.”


  • “Look no further because Dennis Slate is the best attorney in the Houston area.”

    Karen B.

  • “Everyone I encountered at this firm is amazing and they do their jobs very, very well.”


  • “Got the job done fast and also kept my spirits high during the process.”

    Happy Client

  • “A voice for our family.”


  • “I promise you won't be disappointed!”


Legal Guidance from Board-Certified Attorneys

Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law, several of our attorneys are Board-Certified specialists who have met numerous qualifications necessary to be classified as a specialist in this field of law. Board certification demonstrates that the attorney has been distinguished from his or her peers in the same field of law. Approximately less than 10% of Texas attorneys have achieved this certification in any area of legal specialization.

Media Coverage

  • Attorney Slate Comments on CPS Case

    In a recent case, a family court judge ordered Child Protective Services to have no contact with 2 children that CPS had taken from their home by emergency removal. There is potential that the CPS caseworker lied to have the children removed and when questioned, he took the fifth amendment.

  • Attorney Slate Represents Father in CPS Case

    Attorney Dennis Slate recently successfully represented the father of a 3-year-old girl who was illegally removed from her home by Child Protective Services. Case workers seized the girl without a court order and later tried to dismiss the suit, but were ordered by the judge to pay $27,000 in legal fees to the father.

  • Attorney Slate Represents Father in CPS Case

    Dennis M. Slate, Attorney at Law was hired to represent the father of a 9-year-old girl whose body was discovered in a refrigerator drawer. The special needs child had been living with her mother when her body was discovered, so now Child Protective Services has placed the girl's 5-year-old sister with the father's family. Mr. Slate's client has been allowed to visit his daughter at CPS as long as he passes a drug test.

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