Child Protective Services Handbook Revision December 21, 2009

This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on December 21, 2009. Summaries of new or revised items are provided below.

Child Removal (4th Amendment) (PATS 2367)

The CPS handbook is being revised to:

  ·  address a recent court ruling and the emphasis on 4th Amendment rights and exigent circumstances; and

  ·  meet the requirements of a federal act to improve the permanent placement options for children in state care (the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008) and the act's supporting Texas legislation.


6110 Overview of Substitute Care

6120 Before Removing a Child and Placing the Child in Substitute Care

6130 Providing Substitute Care After a Child Is Removed

6131 Removing a Child

6131.1 Creating FSU and SUB Stages in IMPACT

6131.2 Assigning a Conservatorship (CVS) Caseworker

6131.3 Handling Initial CVS Caseworker Activities

6132 Consulting With Staff After a Child Is Removed

6133 Locating Relatives and Providing Notice of Removal

6133.1 When Relatives Have Been Contacted and Have Responded

6134 Providing Substitute Care Immediately After a Child Is Removed

6134.1 Substitute Care Services to the Parents

6134.2 Substitute Care Services to the Child

6134.3 Substitute Care Services to the Caregiver

6134.4 Substitute Care Services to Grandparents or Other Relatives

Cross-references to the items above were updated in:

6221.21 Assessing a Child's Needs When Selecting a Permanency Goal

6310 The Placement Process for Initial and Subsequent Placements

6316 Discuss the Move

6410 Initial Assessment Plan

6610 Services to the Child's Family When the Child Is in Substitute Care

6611 Family Services When Family Reunification Is the Permanency Goal

6935 Documentation of Services to Parents and Caregivers