Child Protective Services

Handbook Revision, December 15, 2016

This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on December 15, 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.

4000 Placement: streamlined version (PATS 9407)

Section 4000 of the CPS Handbook has been rewritten and streamlined. Non-policy material has been removed, sections have been reorganized, and policy has been updated. This is part of CPS’s ongoing streamlining and reorganization of its policy handbook.

This streamlining also affected the following appendices:

Appendix 4120-A: Issues to Consider in Placement Decisions

Appendix 4115 4120-B: Information to Consider About Race, Color, and National Origin (RCNO) and Ethnicity in Placement Decisions

Appendix 4121: Federal Requirements

Appendix 4533-A: Working in the KIN Stage of Service in IMPACT

Appendix 4533-B: Add a Kinship Home to IMPACT

Appendix 4533-C: Search for a Home That Already Exists in IMPACT

Appendix 4533-D: Roles and Responsibilities of the Kinship Development Worker

Appendix 4623: Protocol for RCCL or CPS Investigations Involving Child-on-Child Victimization in Foster Care