Resources & Reports
Resources & Reports
Attorney Practitioner Manual: The Attorney Manual ("The Abuse and Neglect Case: A Practitioner's Guide") was written in Spring 2009 as part of the grant with the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC). NEED LINK
The online version of the Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book is available by clicking on the link below.
If you are a Texas judge responsible for hearing CPS cases and interested in receiving a hard copy of the Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book, please contact the Children's Commission at email@example.com.
Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book
The mobile version of the Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book is available via the LawBox app.
- Open the LawBox app
- Select "The Texas Children's Commission"
- Enter "children" for both user name and password
Child Safety Resources: Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys – Published by the American Bar Association and ACTION for Child Protection, Inc. – Developed by the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services and the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues
Child Welfare Certification: The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) offers a certification for attorneys who represent children, parents and agencies in child abuse, neglect and dependency cases that is modeled after physician board certification. (Click here to see more information on Child Welfare Law Certification).
The Toolkit for Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases – U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): The Toolkit for Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases provides detailed guidance about court performance measures for child abuse and neglect cases and offers a general approach that can help dependency courts successfully implement a performance measurement process. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Hearing Observation Project Report: Hearing Observation Project Report
Hearing Timeliness Report: Hearing Timeliness Report
Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC): Assessment of ICPC in Texas, 2008 Report
Legislation: 84th Session Legislative Update
Parent Resource Guide: Handbook designed to help parents understand the Texas Child welfare system, their role and responsibilities when involved in a Child Protective Services case, and the roles and responsibilities of others. Parent Resource Guide
Discussion of barriers to permanency in Harris County child-protection cases: Children in the Permanent Managing Conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Executive Summary from the February 18, 2010, Round Table on Permanency
Psychotropic Medications: Report from the Children's Commission July 2012 Round Table, Psychotropic Medication and Texas Foster Care
DFPS Transformation Report to Sunset Advisory Committee
Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Transformation Report and Amendments to Texas Family Code Chapter 263
Resource Paper on Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Transformation Report to Sunset Advisory Commission
Texas CASA's Residential Treatment Center Manual: Texas CASA's Residential Treatment Center Manual
Visitation Round Table Report
Family Visitation Round Table Report
Compton-Sifuentes Family Visitation Presentation
Completed CPS Visitation Policy and Practice Survey
CPA Organizational Survey Summary
Stakeholder Survey Summary
Reference Documents and Forms
Important Information for Parents about Visitation
No Contact Visitation Plan
Parent/Supportive Adult Visitation Record and Observation Form
Stages of Supervision
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child and Family Visitation Best Practice Guide
Visitation Plan, Child Protective Services- Permanency and Conservatorship