Child Protective Services

Handbook Revision, October 1, 2015

This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on October 1, 2015.

CPS wants to ensure that the general public understands what critical actions caseworkers are required to perform and why. To further this understanding, CPS has set up a policy e-mail box for the general public: CPSPolicyQuestions@dfps.state.tx.us. Please feel free to contact us, via this email address, with any general questions related to policy.

For questions or concerns regarding specific cases, please contact the caseworker or supervisor, or the Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-720-7777.

Permanency Care Assistance Successor (PATS 8587)

This revision reflects changes to the concept and function of the permanency care assistance successor. It results from recent federal clarification regarding the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. See:

1614 Informing Families About Permanency Care Assistance

1623 Permanency Care Assistance Successor

4519.1 Permanency Care Assistance Successor (PCA-S)