Child Protective Services (CPS) is a part of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), a State Agency set up by law to make sure children are safe and to help families create a safe environment for their children. When investigating a report of child abuse or neglect, CPS seeks active involvement from the children’s parents and other family members to help solve issues that lead to child abuse or neglect. The objective of CPS is to reunify parents and children whenever possible, and if reunification is not possible, CPS will seek to terminate the parent-child relationship so as to develop permanency for thechild in a safe and secure home. When investigating child abuse or neglect, CPS will do one of the following:
- Prevent further harm to the child and keep the child with his or her family when possible. If this objective cannot be attained, CPS will consider removal of the child from the family and placement of the child with substitute families or caretakers.
- Place the child in substitute care while helping to resolve family dysfunction so that the child can be returned to the family. If this
objective cannot be attained, CPS will recommend the termination of the parent-child relationship and the permanent placement of the child with another family or caretaker.
- Recommend termination of the parent-child relationship or other legal remedies that would authorize the child to be placed with
another family or caretaker permanently.