by Jim Black
For the better part of the last decade, Texas has had the honor of having the most complete and comprehensive Child Protection Handbook nationwide. A handbook that family advocates from all 50 states used as a learning tool. That all changes February 15, 2015, when the Department of Family and Protective Services strips out close to 450 pages of functionality.
In 2010, Angel Eyes over Texas was founded to “Watch (CPS) while others can’t.“. They tracked all handbook changes on their blog www.aeovrt.org providing caseworkers, attorneys, advocates and other stakeholders quick easy access to the monthly changes starting in 2011. Their post reflecting the most recent changes is located here.
An effective handbook must contain both policy and procedures. It appears that a huge chuck of procedures were stripped away with this revision greatly reducing its effectiveness as a field manual. Case work is primarily field work. Field workers need to be able to work independent of direct supervision, therefore they need ready reference materials; preferably updated real time.
These changes were made with intent to simplify and improve efficiency while claiming to improve transparency and accountability have in fact done just the opposite.
The long awaited new polices for Investigations and Family Based Safety Services are listed below. Followed by an archived version of the old handbook.
Section 3000: Ensuring Child Safety
The links below reflect the same portion of the DFPS handbook from an archived version as of November 17, 2014.
2351.7 Scope of the Consent Given by an Adult Caretaker, Child, Adult Occupant of a Home, Law Enforcement or Military Personnel
2413.6 When a Subsequent Intake Is Received for a Family With a Previous Unable to Complete Investigation (Close – Family Moved/Cannot Locate)
2433.42 Providing Information When PCSP Will Be Made But Caregiver or Household Member Has Criminal, Abuse, or Neglect History
2537.1 Using Family Tree to Establish Relationships for Each Child Who Has the Role of Principal in a Case
2740 Intake and Investigation Involving a Minor Who Wants or Had an Abortion Without Her Family Knowing
2744 Abuse/Neglect Investigations Involving a Minor Who Wants or Had an Abortion Without Informing Her Family
2800 Documentation, Approving Notification and Internal Due Process Requirements of an Investigation
2817.1 Documenting Health, Social, Educational, and Genetic History (HSEGH) Information About the Birth Family In a Subsequent Investigation
JUL Nov Dec
2013 2014 2015
20 Nov 07 – 17 Nov 14
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