Protecting Your Parental Rights
Child Protective Services (CPS) is a program of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. When allegations of child abuse or neglect are reported, CPS is required to investigate. Although the purpose of CPS is to protect the well being of children, sometimes false allegations are made and good parents find themselves fighting for their parental rights.
Bruce Turner and his partners at Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C., have extensive experience with CPS cases. We understand the serious nature of CPS investigations and the consequences of being found negligent or abusive. Our attorneys work hard to protect your parental rights against the enormous power and resources of this state agency. Do not try to fight CPS on your own; let us be your advocate.
What Happens in CPS Cases
In extremely contentious divorce or child custody cases, it is not uncommon for one parent to falsely accuse the other of child abuse or neglect. We have represented numerous people falsely accused by a former spouse and know how to counteract the allegations.
When CPS receives a report of abuse or neglect, it conducts an investigation, generally within 30 days. A caseworker will interview and examine the child during an audio- or videotaped session. In addition, the caseworker will visit the child's home, interview other people involved with the child and ask for medical or psychological examinations of the child.
As the alleged abusive or negligent parent, you will undergo interviews as well as a criminal background check. It is important to retain a lawyer who will protect your rights during this process and represent you at hearings and other meetings with CPS.
CPS investigations most often focus on issues such as physical or emotional abuse, neglect, lack of supervision, sexual assault, domestic abuse, insufficient medical care, or parental drug or alcohol addiction. These are serious allegations that could result in your children being removed from your home and placed in foster care.
As your attorneys, we can fight the accusations and protect your parental rights. Attorney Turner has appeared before nearly every family law judge in Dallas County. He understands the complexities of CPS cases and works closely with clients to help them through the process.
Please call 800-486-9553 to arrange an appointment with a Dallas Child Protective Services lawyer. You may also contact us online.