Understand CPS

Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) has a complex system of checks and balances that help ensure children are protected and families are preserved. To help you understand and navigate CPS, TexProtects has created a series of infographics that show how a case moves through the system, how the different stages interact with each other and the possible outcomes of a case.

How an Investigation is Performed

What happens to a child after a person makes a report to CPS?

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How the alternative response process works

In an alternative response, community agencies support families with children over age five with services rather than removing a child from their home in low-risk situations.

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How Family-Based Safety Services (FBSS) work

After abuse or neglect has been found in a home, FBSS offers services to the family to help them keep their child safe at home or, in some cases, to have children returned if they have been temporarily placed outside the home.

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How a case moves from removal to permanency

When a child is removed from their home, there is a formal process to ensure the child can reach a safe and appropriate permanent outcome. What are those steps?

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