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Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) – Child Protective Services (CPS)

 

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The Child Protective Services Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office

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 advisors to the local Texas Department of Family & Protective Services 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, mediations, 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 Texas Department of Family & Protective Services 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 Texas Department of Family & Protective Services 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.

Our unit currently consists of three attorneys, Division Chief Ronald Chin, John C. Lockwood, and Michelle Smith; one paralegal, Diana McGrath; and two legal assistants, Shelly Black and Kendra O’Dell.

State law requires all reports of abuse and neglect to go through Statewide Centralized Intake.  When you make a report, you will be asked to designate whether your report involved a child (CPS) or an adult (APS).  Reports can be made by phone or on-line.  The telephone number is (800) 252-5400 and the web site is https://www.txabusehotline.org.

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