This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on February 1, 2010. Summaries of new or revised items are provided below.
Federal Monitoring of Title IV-E Funds
The item below is revised to clarify the CFSR Title IV-E review process. See:
1721 Federal Monitoring
Changes to the Texas Family Code enacted during the 81st Legislative Session state that when CPS is investigating a death alleged to be the result of abuse or neglect, the public may request information concerning the child death (TFC §261.203, effective 9/1/2009). DFPS rules reflecting this statute will be adopted in the spring of 2010.
Designated staff in each region will be required to respond to these requests. The items below are revised or added to support this policy.
2310 Child Deaths
2311 Notifications of a Child’s Death
2311.1 Law Enforcement
2311.2 Medical Examiner or Justice of the Peace
2311.3 Regional and State Office Staff
2311.4 While in Licensed Placement
2312 Investigating a Death
2312.1 Coordinating With Law Enforcement
2312.2 Conducting the CPS Investigation
2312.3 Documenting a Child’s Death
2312.31 Allegation Task
2312.32 Maintain Person Task
2313 Regional Responsibility to Review Cases of Child Death
2314 Child Death Committee/Teams Glossary
2315 Release of Information on a Child Fatality Investigation