This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on February 2, 2009. Summaries of new and revised items are posted below.
Examinations in the Home
The CPS handbook is being revised to address a recent court ruling and the emphasis on 4th Amendment rights and exigent circumstances. See:
2250 Examinations of Alleged Victims and Other Children in the Home
2251 Examinations by Workers
2251.1 Visual Examinations
2151.2 Sexual Abuse Examinations
DFPS Requests for DADS Guardianship
DADS and DFPS work jointly on guardianship referrals to promote positive outcomes for mutual clients. The departments work together at the lowest possible level, whenever necessary, to achieve this goal. This revision incorporates PSA 08-024, dated October 12, 2007.
Changes were made in IMPACT that affect the aging-out child (AOC ) stage for CPS referrals
IMPACT Protocol Changes
DADS has its own guardianship automation program and no longer uses IMPACT to document guardianship issues.
Consequently, the AOC stage is no longer assigned to DADS staff. The DFPS developmental disability specialist is assigned as the primary worker, and the SUB stage worker is assigned as the secondary worker.
Once DADS either becomes the guardian or declines to file for guardianship and the appeals process has ended, the DFPS worker closes the AOC stage.
6564.2 Referral to DADS for Guardianship
6564.21 Steps in the Referral Process
6564.22 Ensuring Timely Referrals to DADS
Appendix 6564.2-A: Joint Staffing Process for DFPS Referrals to DADS Guardianship Services
Appendix 6564.2-B: Review of Guardianship Decision