Child Protective Services (CPS) is an institution in the state of Texas that is meant to watch over and look out for the well-being of children. When a child is in a potentially dangerous or unhealthy circumstance, CPS is tasked with stepping in, removing that child from the danger, and investigating the situation. But what if their actions actually put the child in greater danger?
Sadly, there are times when a child under CPS protection actually becomes the victim of abuse. This abuse could come at the hands of other children in the system, or come directly from a CPS caretaker. Unfortunately, this scenario happens more frequently than you might think. Even though CPS is supposed to help keep kids safe, sometimes it does not work out as intended.
As a parent, the last thing you want is for your child to experience CPS child abuse. If your child has been taken into CPS custody, and you suspect that there might be abuse, then you want to know your legal options. With over a decade of experience in family law matters such as CPS cases, I can help you build a legal case to help get your child out of a potentially bad situation while you simultaneously fight to win back custody of your child. It is not easy, but it is possible. Here is what you need to do.
Get Legal Help If You Suspect CPS Child Abuse
In a tough situation like this, you might not know where to begin. You might be tempted to contact CPS first, try to take back your child directly, or pursue any number of other avenues. But, the first thing you should do is clear – get legal help. Immediately.
When it comes to the safety of your child, the last thing you want to do is wait too long or create a worse situation by stepping outside of the legal process. Any time wasted from delayed action or trying to take matters into your own hands could mean more danger for your son or daughter.
The best course of action is to fight within the legal system. As I said before, I have years of experience dealing with CPS and court systems in Texas. I will help you mount a strong legal defense to navigate the twists and turns involved in this type of CPS case.
Gather Your Evidence About CPS Child Abuse
The next thing to do is start to gather evidence. You can’t build a case without evidence, and, in this situation, you are going to have to make a strong argument for the courts to pay attention to your claims.
What type of evidence should you be looking for? Of course, you are going to want to talk to your child when it is possible, but that will only tell part of the story. You will want to talk to anyone else who is involved in the situation. Speak to other children, other adults, other caseworkers, and anyone else who can provide you with eyewitness accounts to corroborate your suspicions. The more testimony you can gather, the better.
Testimony and eyewitness accounts are not the only type of evidence you can gather. Depending on the nature of the abuse (is it emotional, physical, or another form of abuse?), you should gather documentation, video files, audio files, and other physical pieces of proof that can help build your case.
Then, you need to work with a legal expert who can help you sort through the evidence, know what evidence to use, know how to use the evidence, and know when to present the evidence when the time is right. Together, we can build the best possible case to present to the court.
Contact Me Today for CPS Legal Support
My knowledge of the law and years of experience with CPS cases have provided me with unique insight into how to build the case best for your situation. When you are trying to go up against CPS, you need a fighter in your corner who will advocate for the safety of your child and help you regain custody of your child.
I have helped countless parents in Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, and Harris County successfully fight back against CPS through the court system. If you suspect that your child is the victim of CPS child abuse, call my offices immediately at 281-944-5485 or 979-267-7660 to find the legal support you need. I’m here to help!