Child Protective Services in Montgomery County
Highly Skilled Trial Attorneys Who Have Handled Over 1,000 CPS Cases and Appeals
One of the most intimidating experiences for a parent is a visit from Child Protective Services (CPS). If you are facing an unexpected investigation from CPS or have other questions about the process and how to appeal a possible claim against you, contact our CPS attorneys at Steinmann Law Firm immediately. We have handled over a thousand CPS cases throughout our career, and we are particularly experienced in pushing forward CPS appeals. When you are facing something as serious as a CPS investigation, you need a lawyer who knows how to fight for your rights and strategize an appeal.
Work with a winning trial lawyer on your CPS appeal today. Contact Steinmann Law Firm for an initial consultation to get started.
What Is Child Protective Services?
Child Protective Services (CPS) is the department responsible for investigating charges of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation by parents or other family or household members. All reports of child abuse are investigated by CPS. If you are facing a visit by CPS, it is likely because someone has reported that your child is being abused or neglected.
A CPS investigator may do the following while forming their report:
- Interview the child that has allegedly been abused or neglected. The interview must be audio recorded or videotaped and may be held at any reasonable time and place, even at the child’s school.
- Make a reasonable effort to inform you about any interviews that have been conducted and the nature of the allegations within 24 hours of an interview.
- Discuss the report with you to obtain an explanation of any injuries, safety concerns, or risk of abuse or neglect to the child.
- Obtain the criminal history of people alleged to have abused or neglected your child, as well as of other caregivers and household members.
Depending on the case, the investigator may also interview other children in the home and visually examine those children for signs of physical abuse or neglect. They may also request access to mental health records on your child, yourself, or people alleged to have abused or neglected your child. If it is needed to discover abuse or neglect or a risk of abuse or neglect, the investigator may also request a medical, psychological, or psychiatric examination of your child.
Individuals who may be believed to have information about the situation, including those who can verify explanations of the harm to your child, may also be interviewed.
CPS investigators and caseworkers may order several different remedies, depending on the severity of the case. For one, they may refer parents to services that can help them learn to better care for and discipline their children in ways that do not harm them. Such services might be counseling, daycare, homemaker services, treatment, and parenting courses.
The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) may remove children when they have determined it is more likely than not that child abuse or neglect has occurred, and removing the child is necessary to protect them. They will order a removal when there are no other reasonable efforts that can keep children safe in their homes (e.g., the parent is unable to make the changes needed to keep the child safe).
The DFPS can remove your child with a court order or without a court order. In every case, though, a judge will schedule a hearing within 2 weeks of the removal.
You have the right to appeal a determination from the CPS within 30 days of the finding. CPS can decide to change the determination in your favor or decline your appeal, in which case you have another 30 days to appeal that decision in a hearing with an administrative law judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Our trial lawyers at Steinmann Law Firm are highly skilled in appeals and have resolved thousands of CPS cases in Texas. The consequences of a CPS determination are serious, as these records could impact your child custody arrangement, among other aspects of your life. We will fight hard to appeal the findings of a CPS investigation and protect you against harmful allegations threatening your parent-child relationship. We have won many cases throughout our career and are especially experienced in CPS cases.
Schedule an initial consultation with our CPS lawyers at Steinmann Law Firm to discuss your legal options. Let’s appeal the findings against you and protect your parental rights.
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