What to Do When CPS Is At Your Door
Before Signing Anything, Have a Lawyer Present
When faced with a Parental Child Safety Placement or Child Safety and Evaluation
Plan, you need to make sure that you have a lawyer present before you
sign anything. With a lawyer by your side who is working in your best
interests, you are giving your case the best chance of a successful outcome.
Contact Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law by filling out a
case evaluation form. Please include enough details to express the urgent nature of the emergency.
Emergency cases can be answered outside of regular business hours.
If Child Protective Services (CPS) is at your door, you should ask to have
the plan reviewed with a lawyer present before singing. If you have already
signed, you should still contact our firm. We have been handling CPS cases
for more than a decade and understand the pressures you are facing to
sign the Safety Plans to keep your children or grandchildren out of the
foster care system. We can help you fight to protect your family and the
best interest of the child.
About Parental Child Safety Placement (PCSP)
Parental Child Safety Placement is often set up during the investigation or a case by the Texas Department
of Family and Protective Services when the safety of the child is a concern.
During this placement, the TDFPS will take the opportunity to determine
if a risk to the child is present. This time is also used to collaborate
with families to achieve specific goals to enhance the safety of the child.
About the Child Safety and Evaluation Plan
The Child Protective Services investigator at your door may request that
you sign a “safety plan.” The
Child Safety Evaluation Plan is often presented by TDFPS with the threat of having your child placed
in foster care if you refuse to sign. The goal of CPS is to investigate
the case while the child is in a safe environment, but signing the document
can place CPS in
your life indefinitely.
Fighting Child Protective Services
When you retain the legal services of Slate & Associates, Attorneys
at Law, you will receive the legal protection our firm offers and we can
provide you with sound and reasoned advice during your case.
If you have been presented with the Parental Child Safety Placement or
Child Safety and Evaluation plan, take the following steps:
- Remain calm and do not answer incriminating questions;
- Document everything that takes place;
- Exercise your right to privacy if the investigator asks to come inside
your home; and
- Get legal representation immediately
Keep in mind that, without
exigent circumstances, CPS is not legally allowed to remove your children just because you refuse
to sign the plan. CPS must be able to show that an immediate danger exists
and that without removal of the child, serious danger will occur to him or
her. Just because CPS suspects that a danger may exist, that is not enough
to warrant his or her removal from your family.
When your child’s future is at risk, we do not take the case lightly.
Our Houston CPS attorneys are prepared to fully assess your case and prepare
an effective defense in response to the allegations against you or your
child’s parenting. We represent both parents and grandparents as
they face the pressures of CPS.
Call our firm today!