Summary of Previous Revisions

December 1, 2017

Visual Documentation of a Child’s Interview and Injuries (PATS 10442)

November 1, 2017

Release Hearings

October 9, 2017

Streamlined Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) Policy (formerly 9000)

Streamlined 10000 Section – Services to Older Youth (PATS 10217)

7000 Foster and Adoptive Home Development (FAD) Streamline (PATS 10342)

6000 Substitute-Care Services (PATS 10197)

October 2, 2017

FBSS Safety Reassessment (PATS 9797)

CPS Streamlined Section 11000 Healthcare (PATS 10262)

Changing I See You to Local Permanency (PATS 10417)

Considering Cottage Style GROs Among Least Restrictive Settings (PATS 10422)

Administrative Review of Findings - TAC Updates and Waiving Right to ARIF (PATS 10162)

September 1, 2017

Home and Community Based Services (PATS 10172)

Transfer of Alternative Response to Investigations (PATS 10177)

Referral to Kinship Development Worker (PATS 10237)

Addition of Intense Plus Service Level (PATS 10352)

Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility (PATS 10242)

August 1, 2017

Consent in Investigation Interviews (4th Amendment) (PATS 9537)

Collective Minor Updates to CVS Policies (PATS 10142)

Child Safety Check Alert List (CSCAL) (PATS 10232)

Requiring Caseworker to Document Staffings with Supervisor (PATS 10297)

Alternative Response Face to Face Contact (PATS 10252)

June 5, 2017

Deletion of 6411.5 Court Approval for Placement Change (PATS 10222)

June 1, 2017

CPS Emergency Assistance Eligibility (PATS 10007)

May 17, 2017

Correction

May 1, 2017

CPS Documentation and Contact Entry

April 3, 2017

Appendix 1530 F: Categorical Requirements for AFDC

Action on Submitted Investigations

Safety Plans and Court Orders

Correction to 5513.2 Heading Title

March 2017

Citizenship or Qualified Alien Status

Eligibility for Alternative Response

Out of State FAD Homes

Face-to-Face Visits

January 30, 2017

Streamlined 6000 Substitute Care Services

Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights

Alternative Response – Administrative Closure

Special Health Care Needs

January 3, 2017

Administrative Review of Investigation Findings

End of Life Decisions

Delete Appendix 3120

Eligibility Requirements for State-Paid Foster Care

December 15, 2016

4000 Placement: streamlined version

December 1, 2016

Third Party Resources

October 3, 2016

Adoption by DFPS Employees

September 1, 2016

Dispositions

FAD Policy Regarding Foster and Adoptive Home Closures, Application Denials, and Administrative/Peer Reviews

August 1, 2016

Notifications

Tuition and Fee Waiver

July 1, 2016

Time Frame for Reviewing

FAD - Waiving Citizenship Requirement for Adoptive Parents

Parental Child Safety Placements

June 1, 2016

Interviews

Dispositions Involving Emotional Abuse

Face-to-Face Contact - Closing a Family Preservation Stage

Permanency Care Assistance numbering correction

Forensic Assessment Center Network (FACN) Resource Guide

May 2, 2016

DFPS Accounting Staff Responsibilities for Foster Care Maintenance Payments

Child Support Payments

Preparation for Adult Living

Alternative Response

April 1, 2016

Streamlining of CPS Handbook section 15000 Education

Hearing Notice Requirements

Criminal Activity

Aggravated Circumstances

Administrative Closure

Adoption and Fostering by DFPS Employees

Permanency Progress Report

March 1, 2016

Medical Consent

Parental Child Safety Placement (PCSP)

Child Safety Check Alert List (CSCAL)

Interviewing Parents

Funds Received on a Childs Behalf

Managing SSI and RSDI Funds for children in Conservatorship

February 1, 2016

Abortion and Judicial Bypass

Preparation for Adult Living

January 4, 2016

Foster Care Payments During Absences from Foster Care Placements

HIV Testing and Care for Children in DFPS Conservatorship

December 1, 2015

CPS Medicaid HCS Placements

Families Unable to Obtain Mental Health Services

November 15, 2015

Child Safety Check Alert List (CSCAL)

Notifications of Significant Events

November 1, 2015

Parental Child Safety Placement (PCSP)

Changes to PAL Information

October 15, 2015

New Alternative Response Policy

October 1, 2015

Permanency Care Assistance Successor

September 4, 2015

Services to Older Youth in Care

September 1, 2015

Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

Reporting Human Trafficking to Law Enforcement

Rights of Children and Youth in Foster Care

Child’s Plan of Service; Permanency Planning Meetings

Notification of Child Removal

Permanency Hearings

Permanency Court Report

Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Program

PAL Life Skills Training Curriculum

Credit Reports for Youth in DFPS Foster Care

Personal Documents Provided to Youth In or Leaving DFPS Conservatorship

Permanency Care Assistance Successor

Basic Training for Parents and Caregivers

Audio Recording and Videotaping Interviews

Definitions of Abuse and Neglect

Training Foster and Adoptive Applicants

Notifying Parents About the Use of Psychotropic Medications

July 10, 2015

Decrease to Reimbursement for Nonrecurring Adoption and PCA Expenses

July 1, 2015

When a Child Dies

June 22, 2015

Clarification of Persons Subject to CPS and Criminal History Checks

June 1, 2015

When a Child or Youth is Missing From Care

Section 15000 Education for Children

May 4, 2015

Resource Guide added

May 1, 2015

Abuse and Neglect Definitions

Family Plan of Service

April 6, 2015

Resource Guides added

April 1, 2015

Merging Investigations

Timeframes for Completing Safety Assessments and Reassessments

Required Contacts

February 15, 2015

CPS Handbook Transformation, Sections 2000 and 3000

February 2, 2015

7000 Foster and Adoptive Home Development

November 3, 2014

Third-Party Resources and For Medical Services

Investigating the Death of a Child

October 1, 2014

Using Special Investigators for UTC Cases

August 18, 2014

Education and Training Vouchers (ETV)

August 1, 2014

Priority None Codes

Adding Near Fatal as an Allegation Severity Type

Completing the Maintain Allegation Task in IMPACT to Elevate Certain Court Orders

July 1, 2014

Consent to Enter a Residence

Confidentiality

June 20, 2014

Medical Consent

June 2, 2014

Adoption Assurance Benefits

Considerations During Negotiations for Adoption Assistance Benefits

Revisions to the Affordable Care Act

Reporting Requirements for DFPS Staff

Permanency Care Assistance

Consent to Enter a Residence

Baby Moses

Legal Status

May 1, 2014

New Referrals on Open CVS Cases

Case Planning

Foster Care and Adoption by CPS Employees

Supervised Independent Living

April 1, 2014

Extending a Court's Jurisdiction When a Youth Turns 18

February 3, 2014

Investigations Involving a Child Diagnosed with a STD

The FAD Program: An Overview and Definitions

January 2, 2014

Title IV-A Emergency Assistance Eligibility

December 4, 2013

Legal Services Section 5000 Overhaul

December 2, 2013

Conferring After a Removal

Juvenile Justice

Legal Authority When Another State Completes a Home Study or Placement

November 1, 2013

CPS Overhaul: Revisions to Investigation Policy

October 1, 2013

Child Trafficking

Revisions to Evidence-Related Policies

September 1, 2013

Information Systems

Transferring a Case to Family-Based Safety Services

Secondary Workers

Family-Based Safety Services (FBSS) Monthly Evaluations

Exceptions When Obtaining Service Levels

August 1, 2013

SIL Settings

Recoupment

The ETV Program

Education Stability

Permanency Planning

July 1, 2013

Services to Children and Families Who Are Not US Citizens

June 3, 2013

CPS Overhaul – Legal Background

May 31, 2013

Clarifications to the Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Program

May 1, 2013

Health, Social, Educational, and Genetic History (HSEGH) Policy

Addressing Psych Meds in Court Testimony and Court Reports

Annual Credit Reports for Youth Age 16 and Older

April 17, 2013

Correction

April 1, 2013

Audio Policy and Recording Interviews With Children

Healthcare for Foster Youth in Transition or in Higher Education

Integrating the Function of Swift Adoption Teams

March 1, 2013

Temporary Absence From Placement

CPS Overhaul: Roles of Secondary Workers

Enhanced Family Centered Safety Decision Making

CPS Overhaul: Clarification of Special Request Types

CPS Overhaul: Parental Child Safety Placements

February 1, 2013

Interviews With Collateral Sources

CPS Overhaul – Legal Background

Internet and Social Media Use by Children and Youth in Foster Care

Employment Preference for Former Foster Youth

Psychosocial Assessment, Psychological Testing, and Psychiatric Evaluation

January 28, 2013

Reorganization of CPS Handbook Section 2000 Investigations

January 1, 2013

International Custody Disputes

CPS Overhaul – Respect for Religious Practices

Notification to State Office of HIV Infection of Child

CPS Overhaul – Investigations Policy

Child Under the Age of 11 With an STD

Reorganization of CPS Handbook Section 3000

December 7, 2012

Criminal History Offenses

December 1, 2012

Caregiver Access to Caseworker and Unit Management

General Updates of Investigation Policy

Guidelines for Preplacement Visits

Offenses From the Texas Penal Code

November 20, 2012

Reorganization of the Eligibility Section of CPS 1000

November 1, 2012

Eligibility for CPS Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Program

October 15, 2012

Entering a Legal Status or Legal Action in IMPACT

Foster Care Eligibility Rules

Reorganization of the CPS Handbook

October 1, 2012

Review of Certain Cases of When a Child Dies

September 7, 2012

Driver License Fee Waiver

September 1, 2012

CPS Overhaul: Updates to Documentation of Investigations in IMPACT

CPS Overhaul: Release Hearings

August 13, 2012

College Tuition and Fee Waiver Information

August 1, 2012

Notification of CPS Investigation Findings

Contact With Child

Pre-Service Training for Adoptive Parents

July 27, 2012

Reorganization of CPS Handbook Section 6000

July 19, 2012

Reorganization of CPS Handbook: new Section 4000 Placement/Kinship

Kinship Safety Evaluations in Kinship Placements

July 2, 2012

Creation of New CPS Section 11000 for Medical and Mental Health Services

June 1, 2012

Access for CASA Volunteers During Adoption

When a Child Travels Outside of the US

Subpoena Policy

Revisions to the Texas Adoption Resource Exchange (TARE) Policy

Recouping Overpayment of Adoption Assistance Subsidies

FAD Recruitment Policy

Incarcerated Parents

May 1, 2012

Reorganization of CPS Handbook: 4000 Education for Children Moved to Section 15000

Referral to DADS for Guardianship

April 1, 2012

Parents' Attorneys to Be Invited to All DFPS-Convened Meetings

National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)

March 1, 2012

Funeral Policy

Trial Independence for CPS Youth 18 and Older

Changes to IMPACT Regarding the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

Verifying the Citizenship or Immigration Status of Prospective Parents

Disallowing Placements into Private Child Placing Agency Foster Homes

February 1, 2012

Managing Children’s Funds

Eligibility Requirements for Permanency Care Assistance

Child Safety Check Alert Checklist

Name change from TYC and TJPC to new agency Texas Juvenile Justice Department

Temporary Housing Assistance Between Academic Terms for Foster Youth

January 24, 2012

Ensuring Educational Stability

January 1, 2012

Notifying Relatives After Removing a Child

When a Child or Youth Is Missing From Care

Working With Children Who Have Special Medical Needs

Incarcerated Parents

Referring Across Regional Lines for Kinship Home Assessment and Services

December 5, 2011

CPR and First Aid Training

December 1, 2011

Obtaining Birth Certificates or Screen-Printing Birth Records

SSI Dedicated Savings Accounts

Management of SSI and Non-SSI Lump Sum Awards

Permanent Legal Custody Without Termination of Parental Rights

November 3, 2011

Parent Collaboration Group and Local Parent Support Group

November 1, 2011

Enhanced Adoption Assistance

Youth Who Are Pregnant

When a Child is Abandoned in a DADS Facility

Completing the Guide Topics in IMPACT for an Adoption Services Plan

Documentation to Complete When a Child Dies

October 18, 2011

Entering Allegations Made During an Investigation of a Child Fatality

October 2011

Follow Up Action Plan Documentation Requirement

Mediated Agreements and Agreeing to PMC Without Termination of Parental Rights

September 23, 2011

Deletion of Obsolete Appendices

September 1, 2011

Differential Response Required by CAPTA

Plans for Children When Placement Is Unavailable

Child Safety Check Alert List

Kinship Home Assessment

Medical Consent

Establishing Relationships Using Family Tree in IMPACT

August 1, 2011

Permanency Goals and Concurrent Planning

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services

July 1, 2011

Releasing Children or Youth Photographs

Medicaid Benefits for Children in ICPC Foster Care

Investigations in Child-Placing Agencies and CPS Homes

June 6, 2011

Transferring Cases to Family-Based Safety Services

June 1, 2011

Placement Policy for Non-FPS Placements

May 9, 2011

Medical Exams (Texas Health Steps Checkups)

Minimum Requirement for Transitional Living Services

May 2, 2011

New ICPC Service Code in IMPACT

April 1, 2011

Foster Care Handbook for Youth

Intense Foster Family Care Services

Services at Discharge from Substitute Care

Parental Child Safety Placements

March 11, 2011

Correction of typo

March 2011

Workload Management Conference

Pre-Placement Visit Policy

January 2011

Workload Management System

Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start Employees

November 2010

Ensuring Funding and Eligibility for Services

When a Child Dies

October 1, 2010

Standardizing Payments

Permanency Hearings and Placement Review Hearings

Transition Plan Review

IMPACT Consistency Check

Notification Time Frame for TYC Youth Court Hearings

Extended Foster Care (new Section 10400)

Extended Adoption Assistance Policy

Update of Service Levels, Common Applications, CPOS, and Transition Plans

September 17, 2010

Permanency Planning Instrument (PPI)

Clarification on Family Service Planning

September 13, 2010

Screeners Contacting Parents

Update of Service Codes

September 1, 2010

Verification of Kinship Caregivers and Permanency Care Assistance

Permanency Care Assistance

Intensive Psychiatric Transition Program

Youth in DFPS Conservatorship Who Are Parents

Notifying Parents About Medical Issues

CFSR Requirement

Extended Court Jurisdiction for CPS Youth Who Have Turned 18

Foster Child Day Care

Deletion of Duplicate Item

August 9, 2010

Consent for Admission to Mental Health Facility

August 2, 2010

Release of HIV and AIDS Status or Test Results

Foster Care Maintenance Recoupment

Adoptive Placement and Consummation

Special Handling of Notification When a Reporter and Family Have the Same Address

July 7, 2010

Dispositions for Allegations of Prenatal Drug or Alcohol Exposure

July 1, 2010

Psychological Evaluations

FAD Waiver or Variance Requests for the Purpose of Fostering Connections

The Role of Investigation Staff in Removals During Other Stages of Service

Consent to ECI Services

HIV Testing

Eligibility Requirements for Title IV-E, State-Paid and MAO Foster Care Assistance

Finding Families That Move (DPS Child Safety Check Alert List)

Child Day Care Services

June 1, 2010

STAR Health Issues

Substance Abuse

Removing References to Targeted Case Management (TCM) From the Handbook

Enrollment of Child in Drug Research Programs

Addressing Psychotropic Medications in Court Reports

Burial Services for Children in DFPS Conservatorship

Foster Parent CPR-First Aid Requirements

Pre-Service Training of Foster and Adoptive Homes

Acknowledging a Family's Agreement to Contribute (Concrete Services Agreement)

May 14, 2010

Timely Interstate Placement of Children and Interjurisdictional Adoptions

May 3, 2010

Placement Transfer Summary

Medication for Children in Temporary DFPS Care

Withholding and Withdrawing Life Sustaining Treatment

April 16, 2010

Family Group Decision Making Documentation Requirements

The Documentation Required for a Child's Service Plan

Parental Child Safety Placement

March 1, 2010

Adoption Assistance IV-E Eligibility Criteria for Certain Children

The Secondary Approval Process for Child Safety Specialist

Undocumented Youth Who are 16 or Older

Referring a Relative Who Is Interested in Caregiving

Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

February 10, 2010

Dissolved Intercountry Adoptions

February 1, 2010

Federal Monitoring of Title IV-E Funds

Child Fatality

January 15, 2010

Children's Income Accounts

CPS Youth Placed in TYC Facilities

January 4, 2010

Military Enlistment of 17-Year-Olds In Care

Caseworker and Management Contact Information

Time Frames for Investigations

Information Provided After Removal

Roles and Responsibilities of the Kinship Development Worker

December 21, 2009

Child Removal (4th Amendment Decision)

December 1, 2009

OAG Address Confidentiality Program

Revise Child Safety Specialist Responsibilities When Multiple Referral Involves an Open Case

Rights of Children and Youth in Foster Care

November 17, 2009

Reclassifying Casework-Related Special Requests Into Intakes

Kinship Policy

November 2, 2009

Abbreviated Investigations and Risk Assessment

Challenge of Termination Order

Recording Adoption Name Changes in IMPACT

Tuition Waivers

Federal Adoption Tax Credit

Family Team Meetings

Visits With Parents When DFPS Has Permanent Managing Conservatorship

October 1, 2009

Medical Assistance Only Auto-Eligibility

Records Retention in IMPACT

Adoption Assistance and Transfer of PMC

Sensitive Cases

September 1, 2009

Subsequent Referrals on Unable To Complete Investigations

Notification to Relatives of Child Removal

Returning to Foster Care (Educational Support for Young Adults)

August 11, 2009

Entering Persons in the Investigation Stage of IMPACT

State Office Notification of Court Orders That Conflict With CPS Policy or Practice

Visits With Children in Placement (4th Amendment Decision)

August 2009

Intake, Investigation, and Assessment

Transferring Cases From Investigation Stage to FBSS

Documentation in Contracted FBSS

Placement Notification to Courts

July 2009

Discussing an Open Investigation With Day Care Center Staff

June 2009

Placement of Children: Proximity to the Child’s Home and Children Under Age 2

Involuntary Removals, Adversary Hearings, Court-Ordered Removals, Written Notice to Parents (4th Amendment Decision)

May 8, 2009

Special Notification Requirements

May 7, 2009

Child Safety Decisions (4th Amendment Decision)

May 6, 2009

Removal of Redundant Policy

May 4, 2009

Procedure for Removing a Child (4th Amendment Decision)

May 1, 2009

Clarification of Baby Moses Policy

April 24, 2009

Obtaining Consent to Interview (4th Amendment Decision)

April 8, 2009

Taking and Storing Photographs in Child Abuse Cases (4th Amendment Decision)

Services to Families When Children Have Been Removed From the Home (4th Amendment Decision)

April 1, 2009

Burial Services for Children in DFPS Conservatorship

March 23, 2009

Family Based Safety Services (4th Amendment Decision)

March 2, 2009

The Affect of the 4th Amendment Court Decision and Foster Care Candidacy Issues on Service Plans (4th Amendment Decision)

Education Policy

Court-Ordered Participation in CPS Services

Hunting Policy

February 11, 2009

Family Team Meetings (4th Amendment Decision)

February 6, 2009

Constitutional Protections: Giving Notice of Interviews and Examinations (4th Amendment Decision)

Interviews With Alleged Victims of Child Abuse(4th Amendment Decision)

February 4, 2009

Court-Related Services, Approvals, Notifications, and Hearings (4th Amendment Decision)

February 2, 2009

Examinations in the Home (4th Amendment Decision)

DFPS Requests for DADS Guardianship

December 19, 2008

Visits to the Home (4th Amendment Decision)

Legal Basis and Rights (4th Amendment Decision)

December 8, 2008

When a Person Is Uncooperative or Interferes With an Investigation (4th Amendment Decision)

December 2008

Constitutional Protections(4th Amendment Decision)

Transporting a Child During an Investigation (4th Amendment Decision)

Giving Notice of Interviews and Examinations (4th Amendment Decision)

September 2008

Requirements for Marriage by Youths in Conservatorship

August 29, 2008

Transporting a Child During the Investigation (4th Amendment Decision)

August 2008

Civil Relief Act for Members of the Military Service

When a Child Travels

Child Day Care Services

July 2008

Allowing Youth in DFPS Conservatorship to Use Firearms for Hunting

June 2008

Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) for Youth Aging Out of Care

Closing Cases

Children’s Rights

24-Hour Documentation of Removals, Placements, and Medical Consenters

Face-to-Face Contacts in the Family-Based Safety Services (FBSS) Stage of Service

April 2008

Closing Intakes Without Assignment

Required Documentation

Worker’s Original Case Notes

Medical Neglect of Infants Born Alive

Sharing CPS Adoptive Home Studies With CASA

CPS Responsibilities Under the Texas Family Code

February 29, 2008

Statewide Case Transfer Protocol

Family-Based Safety Services Rules

Referrals to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

January 2, 2008

Family Group Decision-Making in Case Planning

72 Hour Contact for Priority 2 Reports

CPS Reform Policy, IMPACT, and MPS Changes for Investigations

Statewide Case Transfer Protocols; Transfers to FBSS; Transfers to CVS

December 3, 2007

Family Group Decision-Making Philosophy

Clients With Communication Disabilities

Family Team Meetings

Withholding and Withdrawing Life Sustaining Treatment

Documentation of Contact Details Related to Targeted Case Management Activities

November 1, 2007

Baby Moses Cases

October 1, 2007

Adoption by Military Families Both In the United States and Outside the United States

September 4, 2007

Monthly Contact with Children and Documentation Changes

Size and Composition of Family-Based Safety Services Caseloads

August 1, 2007

Diligent Search for Missing Parents

Foster Care Assistance for Youths Who Are 18 or Older

May 1, 2007

Abortion and Medical Consent