Child Protective Services

Handbook Revision, January 4, 2016

This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on January 4, 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.

Foster Care Payments During Absences from Foster Care Placements

HIV Testing and Care for Children in DFPS Conservatorship

Foster Care Payments During Absences from Foster Care Placements (PATS 8767)

The item below is revised to reflect changes to policy relating to IV-E foster care payments during absences from the foster care placements. See:

1537 Foster Care Payments During Absences From Foster Care Placements the Foster Care Home or Facility

HIV Testing and Care for Children in DFPS Conservatorship (PATS 8722)

Changes to policy to reflect new rule. Changes affect the policy in CPS Handbook 11500. See:

11500 HIV Testing and Care for Children in DFPS Conservatorship

11510 Counseling, Treatment, and Medical Management for a Child With HIV Infection

11520 Maintaining Confidentiality of HIV Status

11521 Required Notification About a Child’s HIV Status

11522 Allowable Releases of HIV Status Information

11500 Communicable Diseases

11510 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

11511 Sex Education and AIDS Prevention

11512 Testing Children in DFPS’s Conservatorship for HIV Antibodies

11512.1 Children at Risk from Birth

11512.2 Other Children at Risk

11513 Testing Procedures and Counseling

11514 Treatment and Medical Management

11516 Caregiver Training

11520 Confidentiality When Working With Individuals With HIV

11521 Children With HIV Who Are in DFPS Conservatorship

11521.1 Confidentiality of a Child’s HIV Status

11521.2 Notification About a Child’s HIV Status

11522 Release of HIV Status

11523 The Court System