Being investigated for child neglect or abuse can be a frightening and stressful experience for the whole family. Hiring a lawyer as soon as possible can provide you with a valuable advocate familiar with the Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) that can help defend your rights. Here are some ways that a legal professional Certified in Family Law can help you with your dealings with the CPS.
Explanation And Investigation
At the outset, it is vital to have an attorney on your side that can explain CPS procedures and what the whole process entails from investigation to CPS petition to court hearings. While the CPS conducts its investigation, your lawyer will also investigate the alleged abuse or neglect to build your defense case.
Review And Representation
The attorney you hire will be able to review all documents related to your case, such as court orders, and advise you before you sign them. Especially valuable is your attorney’s ability to represent you in all case meetings such as:
- Family service planning meeting
- Family group conferences
As well as in court, especially if there will be a contested hearing or trial. In court, your lawyer will speak on your behalf and maintain a defense of your rights.
Facilitation And Advocacy
If your child is taken out of your home, your attorney can advocate for your child’s placement with other family members or friends, and help you to set up visitation arrangements if possible. Your lawyer may also be able to facilitate obtaining services or other resources to help you improve your home situation.