Texas CPS Lawyer Serving Denton, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Lewisville, Little Elm, The Colony, Corinth, and Flower Mound
If you have been contacted by Texas Child Protective Services (CPS), or if CPS has taken your child, you probably feel 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 for good reason, you no doubt feel the need to take action, but may not know where to turn, or what to do.
At Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., we have helped many good 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 know how to respond to CPS, who to communicate to in CPS, and you need to act quickly, therefore 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 child supervision
- Child neglect
- Physical child abuse
- Child sexual abuse or molestation
- Emotional child abuse
- Drug or alcohol abuse in the home
Allegations may come from teachers, social workers, medical personnel, neighbors, former spouses, or other family members. Many CPS reports are filed because the professionals are required by law to make a report to CPS if they witness that a child has been harmed. Unfortunately, once CPS steps in and removes a child, it is an arduous process for a parent to be reunified with a child. A parent must know how to work with CPS and how to complete the requirements set up by CPS.
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. You will also need to make many court appearances, appear at permanency and status meetings with CPS personnel and other attorneys, learn and understand the roles of the many parties in a CPS lawsuit, attend parenting classes, counseling, undergo psychological evaluations and/or drug and alcohol assessments as necessary and appropriate, and demonstrate compliance with the CPS permanency plan. Grandparents or other relatives will usually become involved in the process and sometimes they will also seek to have conservatorship rights over your child. It can be quite a custody battle in addition to a battle with CPS.
If you do not meet CPS requirements, 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 lawyers 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, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Lewisville, Frisco, Flower Mound, Corinth, Little Elm, The Colony, and surrounding areas.