Resource Letter:

For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases

November 18, 2022

Now Available on LawBox:

2022 Tool Kit for Attorneys Representing the Department of

Family and Protective Services in Child Welfare Cases

Developed by the Children’s Commission DFPS Representation Subcommittee, the recently updated 2022 Tool Kit for Attorneys Representing the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in Child Welfare Cases is now available in an online and interactive format via LawBox. The LawBox version of the 2022 Tool Kit allows readers to link directly to statutes by desktop computer or on the free LawBox app. The LawBox app is available for download on handheld devices and offers a searchable mobile phone and tablet-friendly version of the 2022 Tool Kit. Set-up instructions are linked below for additional information on how to access the 2022 Tool Kit on the app.

LawBox Version for Desktop
LawBox Set-Up Instructions for Mobile Devices

The 2022 Tool Kit reflects changes made by the 87th Texas Legislative Session and includes new chapters on alternatives to removal, court ordered services/motions to participate, the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), interventions, and the reinstatement of parental rights. It also covers essential legal basics at a glance, including pleadings, jurisdiction, service of citation and notice, evidentiary issues, hearing checklists, common abbreviations and acronyms, and related federal law issues. The 2022 Tool Kit also contains topical chapters on concurrent and special issues related to child welfare cases including reasonable efforts, placement, and older youth in foster care.

The 2022 Tool Kit is also available as a printable PDF on the Children’s Commission website, along with additional resources related to legal representation.

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