An Open Letter to Children in the care of CPS in the 315th District Court

by blogjamdotorg

Children in Texas have rights. And a voice.

In addition to the many rights you have as a child in Texas, as a child in the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (also referred to as “TDFPS” or “CPS”) you have a unique set of rights.

In fact, Rule 748.1101 of the Texas Administrative Code lists nearly thirty legal rights that are specifically guaranteed to children in the foster care system.

In addition to those rights, it is important that you know that you have the right at all times to have your voice heard. In many cases, it is impossible for a court to determine what is in your best interest without direct, honest input from you.

How can your voice be heard?

First, you always have a right to communicate directly with the judges who will be making decisions in your case.

Second, you always have the right to have an attorney to explain the law to you and represent your legal interests–what you want or think you need–in court.

If you ever want to talk to a judge or seek the help of an attorney, contact your caseworker or call Beverly Williams to make an appointment at (713) 222-4950. Email and other contact information is here.

If you are a child in the care of CPS whose case is in the 315th District Court, you never need anyone’s permission to contact the court.

We look forward to hearing from you.

–Judges Mike Schneider and Angela Ellis