October 9, 2015 | Share
What to Do When Child Protection Takes Your Children
It is any parent’s worst nightmare. Someone you don’t know shows up at your door and tells you that your children are going with them. Every day, parents across Texas find themselves suddenly fighting to raise their children after facing action by Child Protective Services (CPS).
If Texas CPS takes your children, you need to be very careful about what you say and do. CPS caseworkers take their jobs very seriously, and if you make a rash decision or do something you shouldn’t, you may end up having this used against you. In this article, we discuss some basic tips for what to do after Texas CPS takes your children.
Keep in mind that these are general recommendations only, and do not constitute legal advice. If CPS has taken your children, our attorneys can help guide you based on the facts of your unique situation.
When Texas CPS Takes Your Children, You Should…
- Remain Calm
One of the most important things you can do is to remain calm. We understand that this may be extremely difficult, but it important that you not verbally or physically attack the caseworker or any investigators who come to your home. There will be a time and a place to enforce your legal rights, and now is not the time to put those rights in jeopardy.
- Avoid Speaking with Investigators or Anyone Else about Your Case
You should not speak with anyone about your case unless you are represented by an attorney. You have a right to legal representation, and it is important that you not waive this right. Investigators will try to get you to admit to wrongdoing, and caseworkers and agents may take your words out of context or employ other tactics to try to use them against you. As a result, it is strongly in your best interests not to saying anything, and let your attorney speak on your behalf.
- Hire an Attorney as Soon as Possible
Related to the previous recommendation, if Texas CPS takes your children, you need to hire an attorney as soon as possible. You will want a family attorney who is both (i) local, and (ii) experienced in dealing with CPS. This is a situation that you need to take extremely seriously, and even minor missteps can have serious consequences for years to come.
- Keep Records of Everything
Be sure to keep any records you have relating to your CPS case. This includes any documentation you may receive, as well as any notes or photographs you take during the process. It is a good idea to keep at least a basic calendar, diary or journal of the events relating to your case to help jog your memory later on.
- Start Preparing for Your CPS Case
By start preparing, we mean (i) seek treatment and take any other necessary steps to overcome the issues that may have led to your CPS investigation, and (ii) start doing the things you will need to do to convince CPS that you are a fit parent. We understand that this is harder than it sounds, and we know that you will have lots of questions about the steps you need to be taking. If you choose to work with us, we can help you every step of the way.
Speak with a McKinney Family Attorney at Nordhaus Walpole PLLC Today
If Texas CPS has taken your children, our attorneys will do everything within their power to help you bring your family back together. We know how difficult this is for you, and we want to help you achieve justice for your family. To speak with an attorney about your CPS case, please call (214) 726-1450 or contact us online today.
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