Child Welfare Law

When a child is placed outside the home by child protective services, custody is transferred from the parent to a State agency like the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) under the jurisdiction of a State court. State laws require the development of a case plan outlining services that must be provided to the family to address the problems that led to the child’s placement. Laws also address requirements for periodic case reviews, grounds for termination of parental rights, and other placement issues.