Child Protective Services Handbook Revision April 2011

This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on April 1, 2011.

Foster Care Handbook for Youth

Intense Foster Family Care Services

Services at Discharge from Substitute Care

Parental Child Safety Placements

Foster Care Handbook for Youth (PATS 4228)

The item below is added to include the requirement to provide the Foster Care Handbook to all children age 10 and up. See:

6515 Texas Foster Care Handbook

Intense Foster Family Care Services (PATS 3477)

The item below is added to provide field staff with a guide for requesting placements of children and youth who have a service level of Intense into foster homes verified to provide these services. See:

6323.7 Intense Foster Family Care Services

Services at Discharge from Substitute Care (PATS 4287)

The item below is revised to direct staff to notify Eligibility when the Department is dismissed from a case. See:

6730 Supervision, Dismissal, Continuation, and Closure

Parental Child Safety Placements (PATS 4122)

This policy addresses when, how, and under what circumstances to initiate a parental child safety placement. This also includes how to use the Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Relative (Form 2638). See:

2234.4 Criteria for Parental Child Safety Placements

2234.41 When a Removal Is More Appropriate Than a Parental Child Safety Placement

2234.42 Considerations and Tasks to Complete Before the Parental Child Safety Placement Occurs

2234.43 Conducting Criminal Background Checks for Parental Child Safety Placements

2234.44 Conducting Abuse and Neglect Background Checks for Parental Child Safety Placements

2234.45 Developing Plans for a Parental Child Safety Placement

2234.46 Ongoing Assessment of the Parental Child Safety Placement

2234.47 Closing a Case Involving a Parental Child Safety Placement

3140.1 Constitutional Requirements for Family-Based Safety Services and Family Reunification Cases

3141 Overview of Case Transition, Initial Face-to-Face Contact, and Frequency of Face-to-Face Contacts With Children and Parents

3142.2 Scope and Purpose of a Family Assessment

3142.3 Steps for Conducting a Family Assessment

3144 Reviewing the Case

3145 Documenting an FBSS Case in IMPACT

3145.51 Documenting Critical Contacts

3151 Closing a Case Administratively or When CPS Services Are No Longer Needed

3172 Parental Child Safety Placements

The items below were revised to update cross-references if the titles or locations of the references were affected by this revision. No other changes were made to these items.

1922.1 Determining Eligibility for Substance Abuse Testing Conducted by a Contracted Laboratory

2234.26 Making the Safety Decision

2234.31 Controlling Safety Threats

2235.53 Children Are Not at Risk

3170 Special Issues

3172 Parental Child Safety Placements Initiated by the Family

3254 Closing a Contracted Family Based Safety Services (FBSS) Case

3301.21 Goal of Family Preservation

3312.3 Determining Whether to Seek Court-Ordered Services or Removal

3322.3 Determining Whether to Seek Court-Ordered Services or Removal

3332.3 Determining Whether to Seek Court-Ordered Services or Removal

3425 Closing the Case

8235.11 Definitions

8235.2 General Protective Child Day Care

Appendix 3213: Americans With Disabilities Act Reasonable Accommodations in Service Planning