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
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 currently serves, since 2012, 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.
Jennifer Jordan joined the Child Protective Services Division of the County Attorney’s office in October of 2017. Before joining the CPS Division Jennifer worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County for five years prosecuting misdemeanor and felony cases. In her current position with the County Attorney’s office Jennifer provides representation for Child Protective Services through mediations, hearings, court appearances, and trials. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin Cum Laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Criminal Justice and completed her Doctor of Jurisprudence at Texas Tech School of Law in 2012. Her community service work includes judging trial competitions, speaking at schools and universities, and attending events to raise awareness for the safety of children.
Diana McGrath has been a paralegal with the Child Protective Services Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office since January 1, 2013. She has over two decades of experience as a paralegal, all of which has included a diverse array of family law matters. Her duties in the CPS Division include drafting correspondence, pleadings, discovery, pre-trial and post-trial documents. She also handles all aspects of trial preparation including witness preparation, trial notebook, procurement of records and exhibits, as well as assists the attorneys during hearings, trial, and in jury selection. She is dedicated exclusively to family law and has been a board certified paralegal in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2014 and is an active member of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division and the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Diana will be graduating from Sam Houston State University after the fall semester of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She also selected as the Montgomery County Employee of the Month in October, 2014 and the Montgomery County Employee of the Year for 2014.
Crystal Self 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.
Sonia Vazquez has worked for the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office since January 2014. In September 2017, she joined the CPS Division. Her role in the CPS Division is to assist in a legal setting under the guidance of two Child Welfare Attorneys and two Board Certified Family Law Paralegals. She is responsible for opening new files, monitoring emails, e-filing of court documents, monitoring and handling service, calendaring hearings, scheduling mediations, pulling files and preparing for weekly dockets, filing, closing old files, request for inmates to be transported from the jail to the court, if the inmates are required to be present at hearings and other duties as assigned to help the division function as efficiently as possible.
Investigator Randy Lewis is a 20 year law enforcement veteran. He joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in June 2013. Randy served our country in the United States Air Force from 1991-1995, and as a Master Peace Officer he holds a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Instructor Proficiency Certification. Investigator Lewis worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years promoting through the ranks to Detective. He also worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the Office of the Inspector General for 6 years where he served as a State Police Instructor.