We are beginning to see numerous changes to the handbooks and resource guides. I recommend reading the primary subject of the changed text each month. This is usually the section number rounded down to the nearest 100.
This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on April 2, 2018.
CPS wants to ensure that the general public understands what critical actions caseworkers are required to perform and why. To further this understanding, CPS has set up a policy email box for the general public: CPSPolicyQuestions@dfps.state.tx.us. Please feel free to contact us, via this email address, with any general questions related to policy.
For questions or concerns regarding specific cases, please contact the caseworker or supervisor, or the Office of Consumer Relations at 1-800-720-7777.
The item below is revised to clarify the prohibition of race, color or national origin as a factor in placement decisions. See:
6931.3 Race, Color, and National Origin
The items listed below are revised to reflect Senate Bill 11 and House Bill 834, 85th Regular Legislative Session, which require the caseworker to provide:
- a copy of any portion of the HSEGH prepared by DFPS or a contractor to each licensed CPA, single-source continuum contractor, or other person placing a child for adoption; and
- research on underlying health issues and underlying trauma that could impact a child’s development and permanency to a prospective adoptive parent.
House Bill 834, 85th Regular Legislative Session, requires that the caseworker must provide prospective adoptive parents with the options available if the prospective adoptive parent becomes unable to care for the adopted child. The caseworker must inform the prospective adoptive parent that it is illegal to informally transfer custody of the adopted child to another person, except in specific circumstances.
6921 Completing the Health, Social, Educational, and Genetic History (HSEGH) Report
6930 Selecting an Adoptive Family
6941.1 Sharing the HSEGH Report with the Prospective Adoptive Family, Child-Placing Agency, Single Source Continuum Contractor, or Other Person Placing a Child for Adoption
6941.4 Providing Adoptive Parents with Access to Research
6941.4 Refusal to Review the Child’s Records
6944.4 Informing the Adoptive Family of the Availability of Continuing Services
Appendix 6000-3: Requirements for Completing the Health, Social, Educational, and Genetic History Report