New Changes to CPS Statutes Effective 09/01/2021: Prioritization of Placement Decisions

Effective on September 1, 2021, the Texas Family Code has a new statute that requires the department (aka, “CPS”) to give a preference to certain persons when making a placementContinue reading “New Changes to CPS Statutes Effective 09/01/2021: Prioritization of Placement Decisions”

Who has more power over a CPS case: The judge or CPS?

Ultimately, the judge has greater authority to control a CPS lawsuit involving an allegation of abuse or neglect to a child. However, the judge’s authority is limited to only addressContinue reading “Who has more power over a CPS case: The judge or CPS?”

Can a foster parent intervene in a CPS case before twelve months?

Under certain circumstances, a foster parent may intervene in a CPS case before twelve months. The statutory and case law provisions that govern a foster parent’s ability to intervene inContinue reading “Can a foster parent intervene in a CPS case before twelve months?”

What are the important dates and events in a CPS case?

A CPS case has a twelve-month deadline with several important hearings and conferences along the way. There are adversarial hearings, status review hearings, permanency review hearings, family group conferences, andContinue reading “What are the important dates and events in a CPS case?”

Can Relatives or Foster Parents Intervene in a CPS case?

Intervening in CPS lawsuits is complicated. There are many scenarios and situations in which a relative or a foster parent may intervene in a CPS lawsuit—regardless of whether or notContinue reading “Can Relatives or Foster Parents Intervene in a CPS case?”

If I adopt the child, can the parents ever get the child back?

No, the previous parents cannot get a child back after an adoption is complete. Adoption is a legal process by which the parent-child relationship is permanently formed. Before a childContinue reading “If I adopt the child, can the parents ever get the child back?”