Definitions of Terms
CPS August 2019
The definitions below serve as a glossary for this handbook. See also:
CPS Definition September 2019
A principal, also called a principal source, is a person closely connected with the case. This term includes the following:
• A child who is a victim or alleged victim of abuse or neglect by a parent or caregiver.
• All other children who live in the child’s home.
• All parents and caregivers who are part of the household, including those whom the court has appointed as sole or joint managing conservators and live with the child.
• Everyone responsible for the care, custody, or welfare of the children in the family or household, even if the person is not a parent or caregiver, including others whom the court has appointed as managing or possessory conservators.
• Each alleged or designated perpetrator of child abuse or neglect.
• Each victim who is also a perpetrator of child abuse or neglect.
• Noncustodial parents, if DFPS knows or determines their location and their parental rights have not been terminated. This applies whether or not they visit the child.
• All people age 14 and older who live with the child as the result of a parental child safety placement.
The Person List page in IMPACT must include all principals in the case.
Each person in the case is either a principal or a collateral.
CPS Definition August 2019
A staffing is an internal meeting attended by DFPS staff, family services contractors (FSC), single source continuum contract (SSCC) staff, or any combination of these people, with the purpose of discussing the status of a case or a child care operation. It may also include Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) employees or others not employed by DFPS, as appropriate.