Child Protected Service cases can be complicated and difficult. Without the right attorney by your side, you are left to fight alone against an agency of the State of Texas with almost unlimited resources. Here at Blanchard and Thomas, our experienced CPS attorneys, are familiar with the system and will give you the best chance possible at a favorable outcome.
CPS is required by law to investigate every reported case. CPS will interrogate you, yo ur child, your family members, and anyone else they feel necessary. They can contact your child's school or daycare. CPS can request your or your child's medical records as well. CPS has wide discretion and power under the law to gain any information they want in your case. If CPS decides that child abuse has occurred, they may remove your child from your home and place that child with any person they choose. It is important to have a capable, assertive attorney by your side to guide you through the investigative process to ensure that your rights are protected, and CPS makes the right decision.
When CPS removes a child, the state takes temporary custody of them. CPS will have the right to decide where that child lives, make medical and educational decisions for them, whether you can visit them or not. CPS may put any rules and restrictions in place around your visits that they deem to be in the best interest of your child. There will be many court hearings regarding your parental rights. If you do not follow the rules CPS feels are necessary to provide a safe environment for your child, your parental rights may be restricted or terminated.
The law allows a grandparent or another person with substantial past contact with the child to intervene in a CPS case. Intervening in the case will allow you to become a party. You will have the ability to participate equally in all hearings, to call witnesses, to present evidence, to attend mediation, and to advocate for the best interests of the child. CPS will often involve family members or loved ones, but not allow their voices to be heard. If you love a child in the system, we can help you protect that child and help them find permanency.
At Blanchard and Thomas, we recognize that these cases are complex and highly charged. We are here to provide experienced, dedicated representation to our clients. We will fight hard for the best outcome for you and your child.