Child Protective Services
Child Protective Services
The Child Protective Services Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office is committed to ensuring the protection of our most vulnerable citizens, the children of Montgomery County. We serve as legal advisors to the local Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (TDFPS) office and provide civil legal litigation services every day. Our attorneys are highly involved in all aspects of a CPS case, from the filing of the paperwork necessary to remove a child from an unsafe environment, to attending hearings, trials, mediation, depositions, answering and responding to discovery, and multiple meetings with caseworkers and experts in preparation of going to Court. We understand the importance of having pleadings timely filed, and hearings timely held, as failure to do so could result in an abused child not being removed from an abusive situation as soon as possible.
Our number one priority is to act in the best interest of the children. Our team works closely with our local TDFPS so that together we can detect, investigate, and prosecute offending parties that have engaged in the abuse of a child. When a case is initiated, we closely monitor the offending party to ensure that they are in compliance with the required services and assistance that the TDFPS requires. This is important as failure to closely monitor compliance could result in a child being returned home where abuse is likely to continue or even escalate. Every child deserves to be raised in a home with love, understanding, patience, and security.
State law requires all reports of abuse and neglect be made through the Texas Abuse Hotline. When you make a report, you will be asked to designate whether your report involves a child (CPS) or an adult (APS). Reports can be made to the Texas Abuse Hotline either by telephone or on-line. The telephone number is (800) 252-5400 and the website is https://www.txabusehotline.org.
Child Protective Services Staff
Sarah Stallberg is the Chief of our CPS Division. She has several years of experience handling CPS cases across the State of Texas as a Regional Attorney for DFPS in two regions and Assistant County Attorney for three counties. Sarah practiced transactional law in our Government Affairs Division for three years, but started her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Financial Litigation Division, where she represented the State in trial and appellate courts. Her experience there included oral argument before the Texas Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and Third Court of Appeals. Sarah also has appellate experience as a Staff Attorney for the Third Court of Appeals in Austin and criminal experience as a misdemeanor prosecutor for Ector County. She graduated cum laude from Baylor University School of Law and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Susan Fisher is an Assistant County Attorney with the Child Protective Services Division. She joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in November of 2016 from the Grayson County District’s Attorney’s office, where she prosecuted Children’s Protective Services cases and criminal misdemeanor cases. Ms. Fisher received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Davis, with High Honors in Sociology, in 1991 and her J.D. Degree from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California in 1994. She was admitted to practice law in California in 1994 and in Texas in 2000. She is also admitted to practice law in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Texas. Ms. Fisher served on the Texas State Bar Board of Directors from 2008-2012 and from 2012-2018 served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has dedicated her career to the prosecution of CPS cases and to the protection of children.
Shannon Perkins is an Assistant County Attorney with the CPS Division. She joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in October of 2018. Shannon received her Juris Doctorate from The University of Houston and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Prior to pursuing her law degree, Shannon spent several years as a junior high teacher for Conroe ISD. Having resided in Montgomery County for her entire life, Shannon is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the children of this county.
Crystal S. is a board certified family law paralegal with the Child Protective Services Division. She joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in August of 2013 after working for a private practice family law firm since 2005. Crystal received her bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University. In addition, Crystal holds an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Lone Star College. In 2015, she became Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Since becoming employed with the County Attorney’s Office, Crystal worked primarily in civil litigation and appeals. This included state and federal jurisdiction, from Justice of the Peace courts through the United States Supreme Court.
Sara Gonzalez is a Paralegal in the CPS Division. She joined the County Attorney’s Office in July of 2017. She graduated from Sam Houston State University in May 2017, with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with a minor in Criminal Justice. Sara has worked in various legal roles since 2003 and also holds a Paralegal Certificate from University of Houston.
Sonia Guerrero joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in 2010 as a Clerk and she currently works in the CPS Division. She has been a clerk for Montgomery County for 12 years.