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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 §700.561What investigative actions may DFPS staff conducting an alternative response take?

(a) DFPS staff conducting an alternative response may take any protective action authorized for an investigation that is necessary for the protection of a child, including but not limited to:

  (1) removing the child;

  (2) facilitating a parental-child safety placement;

  (3) obtaining a court order in aid of investigation; or

  (4) obtaining a court order to participate in services.

(b) DFPS staff may take any appropriate protective action either prior to or following transfer of the case to be handled as an investigation.

(c) DFPS staff conducting an alternative response may contact and obtain information and records from any person from whom DFPS is authorized to obtain information or records from in the conduct of an investigation pursuant to Division 1 of this subchapter (relating to Investigations). However, to the greatest extent possible while ensuring child safety, staff attempt to obtain information and records in collaboration with the family and in a manner that is least intrusive to the family.

(d) DFPS staff are not required to attempt to find or notify a parent who does not reside in the home of a family for whom DFPS is conducting an alternative response.


Source Note: The provisions of this §700.561 adopted to be effective March 1, 2014, 39 TexReg 1174

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