Child Protective Services
Handbook Revision, September 2016
This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on September 1, 2016.
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.
FAD Policy Regarding Foster and Adoptive Home Closures, Application Denials, and Administrative/Peer Reviews
The items below are revised to:
• change “preponderance of information” to “preponderance of evidence;” and
• add clarification to the disposition Unable to Determine that it should be used when the allegation does not meet criteria for Reason to Believe, Ruled Out,or Unable to Complete, but does meet certain other criteria.
2281 Reaching Dispositions for the Allegations and Alleged Perpetrators
2281.1 Administrative Closure
2281.2 Reason to Believe
2281.3 Ruled Out
2281.4 Unable to Complete
2281.5 Unable to Determine
This revision updates FAD's policies regarding foster and adoptive home closures, application denials, and administrative and peer reviews. The revised policy ensures that foster and adoptive applicants and parents receive due process if adverse action is taken against them. See:
7510 When an Application to Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent Is Denied
7623 Inactive Foster Homes
7623.1 Documenting an Inactive Home
7623.2 Contact With an Inactive Foster Home
7623.21 Training Requirements for an Inactive Foster Home
7623.22 Background Checks for Inactive Status Foster Homes
7626.3 Closing a Foster Home
7626.3 Foster Families that Adopt
7626.4 Supervision of Children Receiving Treatment Services
7627.3 Inactive Adoptive Homes
7627.31 Contact with an Inactive Adoptive Home
7627.4 Closing an Adoptive Home
7820 Administrative Review
7821 Peer Review Appeal Process for DFPS Verified Foster Parents 7820 Administrative Review 7821 Peer Review Appeal Process for DFPS Verified Foster Parents
Appendix 7740: Production of FAD Administrative Review Records for Foster and Adoptive Parents [new appendix]