Child Protective Services

Handbook Revision, February 1, 2016

This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on February 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.

Abortion and Judicial Bypass (PATS 8817)

This new item and revision reflect changes arising from HB 3994, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015. A caseworker must consult with law enforcement if the caseworker investigates and substantiates a report of suspected physical or sexual abuse made by a physician performing an abortion or by a judge or justice of the peace presiding over a judicial bypass hearing. The caseworker must refer the matter for prosecution if law enforcement does not refer the matter.

See:

2341.1 Referral to Prosecution of Suspected Physical or Sexual Abuse (new item)

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5850 Judicial Bypass to Notifying a Parent About Abortion

Preparation for Adult Living

The items below have been moved to new locations, but there were no other changes to the policies in the items. See:

10231 10241.1 Young Adults Residing With a Designated Perpetrator of Abuse or Neglect

10232 10231 Age-Appropriate Activities