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Mandatory Reporting Laws in Texas

In Texas, laws governing reporting of child abuse and neglect: Chapter 261 of the Texas Family Code.

  • A report of child abuse is not an accusation or a proven fact. It does not require a reporter to be certain of abuse or neglect.
  • In Texas: Degree of certainty which must be met is that the person reporting has "cause to believe" that abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur.
  • CPS investigates and will determine the nature and extent of the problem, evaluate the child’s condition and safety, and if appropriate, initiate action to protect the child.
  • Law enforcement agency receives the report.
  • Professionals specifically are mandated to report within 48 hours from discovery or suspicion.

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