Texas CPS Lawyer Serving Denton, Carrollton, Lewisville, The Colony, and Flower Mound
If you have been contacted by Child Protective Services (CPS) of Texas, or if CPS has taken your child, you probably feel panicked, lost, and you probably have a number of questions racing through your mind. Likewise, if a grandchild, younger sibling, niece, or nephew has been taken into protective custody by the State of Texas, you no doubt feel the need to take action, but may not know where to turn.
At Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., we have helped many parents regain custody of their children, and we have represented numerous family members in custody (conservatorship) and adoption proceedings to keep their loved ones out of foster care. In cases involving Texas CPS, you need a plan, you need to act quickly, and it is best to have a knowledgeable and experienced Texas CPS lawyer on your side.
Seeking to Regain Custody of Your Child from Texas CPS
Texas CPS gets involved when it receives allegations that a child is being subjected to:
- Lack of appropriate adult supervision
- Physical or emotional neglect
- Physical or emotional child abuse
- Child sexual abuse or molestation
- Drug or alcohol abuse in the home
Allegations of abuse and/or neglect may come from teachers, social workers, medical personnel, neighbors, former spouses, friends, or other family members. While most people who file reports with CPS are well-meaning, they often do not realize how little it takes for CPS to remove a child from his or her home, and how much it takes to get a child back when the allegations are unfounded, overstated, or capable of being remedied. CPS has a set of standards that they must follow, and parents who face CPS are often surprised by the number of requirements that the parents have to meet to get their children back.
If you have been contacted by CPS, or if CPS has taken your child away from you, you should consult with an experienced Texas CPS lawyer about your case immediately. Texas CPS takes its role very seriously, and you are likely in for a fight. The sooner we get involved, the sooner we can help you regain custody of your child.
Fighting Termination of Parental Rights After Your Child is Taken by CPS
In order to regain custody of a child taken by CPS, you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have taken the required steps to address any substantiated allegations of abuse or neglect. There is a service plan that you have to acknowledge, sign, and follow. You will also need to make quite a few court appearances while working your service plan, attend counseling, meet with your caseworker, as well as a number of other professionals.
You will be astonished by the number of people who are involved in your CPS cases, and will want to know why there are so many people contacting you. Additionally, you will have to be mentally and emotionally prepared to divulge your most personal information to these professionals or the court during the course of your CPS case.
CPS cases take anywhere between 12 to 18 months to resolve...sometimes even longer. The length of the case, the requirements of the service plan, and the disruptions into your weekly schedule and your life will be daunting.
If you do not comply with your service plan or fail to meet other court orders, the State has the power to terminate your parental rights and place your child in foster care, where he or she will become eligible for adoption. As a result, if you are facing loss of parental rights in Texas, you need to act quickly. At Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., we can help you exhaust all available options for seeking to maintain your parental rights.
Grandparents and Other Relatives Seeking Custody from CPS
If a child in your family has been victimized by abuse or neglect and placed in the custody of CPS, our Texas CPS lawyer can help you obtain custody (conservatorship) or seek to adopt your loved one instead of allowing him or her to go into foster care. This is a time-sensitive matter both in terms of the legal process and the best interests of the child. Contact us today to see how we can help.
Free Consultation with a Lewisville, Texas CPS Lawyer
To schedule a free consultation with a Texas CPS lawyer at Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., contact us today. We serve clients in Denton, The Colony, Carrollton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, The Colony, and surrounding areas.