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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 19DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
CHAPTER 707CHILD PROTECTIVE INVESTIGATIONS
SUBCHAPTER AINVESTIGATIONS
DIVISION 1INTAKE, INVESTIGATION AND ASSESSMENT
RULE §707.491What procedures apply when the investigator makes contact with and conducts interviews of parent(s) and alleged perpetrator(s) during an investigation?

(a) At the first contact with the parent(s) or with the alleged perpetrator(s), regardless of whether or not the first contact is in person, the investigator must:

  (1) Identify himself or herself; and

  (2) Advise the parent(s) or alleged perpetrator(s) of the complaints or allegations in the report while protecting the identity of the reporter.

(b) If the first contact is not in person, at the first face-to-face contact, the investigator must also:

  (1) Have the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) identification available for inspection;

  (2) Explain DFPS's role and legal responsibilities in the investigation;

  (3) Discuss each allegation in the report; and

  (4) Ask for a response to the allegations or an explanation of the alleged victim's situation in light of the report.

(c) Any visit to interview the parent(s) or alleged perpetrator(s) may be announced or unannounced. The investigator decides whether to announce the visit based on the nature of the allegations and the need to protect the child.

(d) If at any point in the investigation we learn that a parent may be a victim of domestic violence, the investigator will provide that parent information on available community services available to domestic violence victims.


Source Note: The provisions of this §707.491 adopted to be effective July 15, 2020, 45 TexReg 4780

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