Parental Rights Policy Institute of Texas

Parental Rights Policy Institute of Texas

Policy Transformation

Real Families.Real Cases.Real Policies.Real Change.
True Prevention: Parents who need support will be provided concrete services to improve their situations
Medical and/or Mental Health Cases: Parents will have due process when accused by doctors and hospitals, so CPS can no longer be used to threaten and usurp parental authority in decision-making
Restoration of Parental Rights: Parents will be given a path to safely restore their parental rights in certain circumstances
Evidence: Raise the bar to “clear & convincing” for investigations & removal; “beyond a reasonable doubt” for termination of parental rights
System Accountability: Parents will have a real-time complaint process that addresses policy violations during their case
Reasonable Efforts: All parents will be entitled to the same high level of reasonable efforts afforded under ICWA
Full Disclosure: Parents will be given a Miranda-style warning during CPS investigations and informed of the allegations in writing
Medical Records: Parents will have full access to all records and a real-time mechanism to correct inaccuracies in their child’s record
Legal Representation: Parents will be assigned attorneys immediately if they cannot afford one for any state involvement
Discovery: Parents will have full access to MOUs, working protocols, and evidence from MDTs related to their case
Child Abuse and Neglect Registry: Parents will have an expedited and fair Due Process for notification and expungement
Anonymous Reporting: Anonymous reporting of parents will be replaced with confidential reporting to address false and retaliatory allegations