Child Protective Services
Preserving Your Family & Your Rights
Almost every time a crime is committed or alleged involving a child, such as Endangering a Child, Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger, Injury to a Child, or Sexual Assault of a Child, the Department of Family and Protective Services, commonly referred to a "CPS" or Child Protective Services, will get involved.
About Child Protective Services & Their Power
Their job under the law is to investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect. CPS investigates upon a request of police or on the recommendation of an anonymous tip that child abuse has taken place. CPS has been afforded great power by the State of Texas to deal with child abuse allegations. Chapter 262 of the Texas Family Code has been written to deal exclusively with CPS cases.
With very little notice, CPS can take your child out of your home temporarily and ask the court to order you to "work services", which means:
- Submit to psychological assessment and counseling
- Attend parenting classes
- Undergo frequent drug testing
- Sometimes attend drug rehabilitation
While you are ordered to work services, the court will order your child to be placed with a viable family member, if you have a family member without criminal history or prior CPS history, or with an unrelated foster family. There are two Children's Courts in Bexar County that exclusively handle CPS cases.
Working with CPS to Uphold Your Best Interests
The law governing CPS cases and the intra-departmental procedures of CPS is very specialized and idiosyncratic. It is absolutely essential to hire a lawyer who has handled CPS cases while the CPS investigation is taking place because CPS often moves quickly and without notice with respect to trying to remove children from your home if they deem it to be necessary.
The law requires a contested, adversary hearing under Chapter 262 within just a few weeks from the removal. The Law Office of Roberto Ambrosino, PLLC handles CPS cases all over South Texas and appears weekly in the specialized Bexar County Children's Courts on behalf of parents accused of child abuse.
If CPS has become involved in your life, remember that like the police, you are not required to talk with them or to help them with their investigation.
Call (210) 201-7622 to hire an experienced San Antonio CPS Defense lawyer to move swiftly on your behalf.