What is CPS? Child Protective Services (CPS) is a part of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (FPS), a State Agency set up by law to make sure children are safe at all times. All citizens in the community are required to report unsafe activity by calling 1-800-252-5400.
If a report is received saying that your child is not safe, information about the reason for the removal of your child is outlined in a paper called a Notification for Removal, left at your home. The CPS caseworker from FPS may also explain why your child was removed from your care.
Your Child’s Attorney – the Attorney Ad Litem (AAL)
Your child will have an attorney appointed by the court. This attorney is called an attorney ad litem (AAL). The attorney ad litem’s job is to meet with your child and act as an advocate on behalf of your child. Often the attorney ad litem also serves as the guardian ad litem (GAL) for your child.
The same problems that brought you to the Child Protection Court could result in criminal charges against you, your partner, or someone else in your family. In that case, you may have to go to another court and see another judge. This handout does not deal with criminal cases. It is about civil proceedings (meetings and hearings) in the Child Protection Court. Anything you say in Child Protection Court may be used against you in a criminal case. If criminal charges have been filed against you, or you think they might be, you should talk to an attorney.