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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 1INVESTIGATIONS
RULE §700.508Interviews with Parents or Other Alleged Perpetrators

(a) Any visit to interview the parents or an alleged perpetrator may be announced or unannounced. The worker decides whether to announce the visit on the basis of the nature of the allegations and the need to protect the child.

(b) At the first contact with the parents or with the alleged perpetrators, the worker must:

  (1) identify himself and have the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS) identification available for inspection;

  (2) explain the nature of the complaint or the reason for the contact;

  (3) explain TDPRS's role and legal responsibilities in the investigation;

  (4) discuss each allegation in the report; and

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

(c) If at any point in the investigation it is learned that a parent may be a victim of domestic violence, information concerning community services available to domestic violence victims must be given to the parent.


Source Note: The provisions of this §700.508 adopted to be effective March 15, 1989, 14 TexReg 994; transferred effective September 1, 1992, as published in the Texas Register September 11, 1992, 17 TexReg 6279; amended to be effective August 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 3213

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