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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 19DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
CHAPTER 700CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER EINTAKE, INVESTIGATION, AND ASSESSMENT
DIVISION 2ALTERNATIVE RESPONSE
RULE §700.551What is alternative response?

Alternative response is a type of protective intervention conducted by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in response to allegations of abuse or neglect of a child by a person responsible for the child's care, custody or welfare that is an alternative to an abbreviated or thorough investigation as described in §700.507 of this title (relating to Response to Allegations of Abuse or Neglect). Cases that are handled with alternative response:

  (1) do not result in a formal disposition of the allegations of abuse or neglect as provided in §700.511 of this title (relating to Disposition of the Allegations of Abuse or Neglect) or in the designation of a perpetrator as described in §700.512 of this title (relating to Conclusions about Roles);

  (2) do not result in the listing of any individual on the DFPS central registry; and

  (3) focus on short-term collaboration with and engagement of families in order to empower them to ensure the safety of their children.


Source Note: The provisions of this §700.551 adopted to be effective March 1, 2014, 39 TexReg 1174

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