Texas’ 2015 Valentine Weekend Massacre of the CPS Handbook

Updated Feb 16, 2015

DFPS policy reductions

For the better part of the last decade, Texas has had the honor of having the most complete and comprehensive Child Protection Handbook nationwide. A handbook that family advocates from all 50 states used as a learning tool. That all changes February 15, 2015, when the Department of Family and Protective Services strips out close to 450 pages of functionality.

In 2010, Angel Eyes over Texas was founded to “Watch (CPS) while others can’t.“. They tracked all handbook changes on their blog www.aeovrt.org providing caseworkers, attorneys, advocates and other stakeholders quick easy access to the monthly changes starting in 2011. Their post reflecting the most recent changes is located here.

An effective handbook must contain both policy and procedures. It appears that a huge chuck of procedures were stripped away with this revision greatly reducing its effectiveness as a field manual. Case work is primarily field work. Field workers need to be able to work independent  of direct supervision, therefore they need ready reference materials; preferably updated real time.

These changes were made with intent to simplify and improve efficiency while claiming to improve transparency and accountability have in fact done just the opposite.

A more complete article can be found  on Americans Ending Abuse.

Texas strips job functions from CPS Handbook, causing ambiguity

The long awaited new polices for Investigations and Family Based Safety Services are listed below. Followed by an archived version of the old handbook.


The links below reflect the same portion of the DFPS handbook from an archived version as of November 17, 2014.


About Jim Black

Jim Black is the founder of Angel Eyes over Texas (AEovrT). Jim is a former Manufacturing Engineer turned CPS Watchdog. Jim spent more than 32 years studying manufacturing companies, their procedures, and the proper application of their resources with a heavy emphasis on Quality Control, Automated Systems, and Resource Management. Now those same skills are applied toward analyzing Texas DFPS and it's functions; breaking down the mechanics of how the agency fails to follow the policies, statutes, and rules set forth by the State of Texas. Jim tracks all changes to the Texas CPS Handbook on www.aeovrt.org. Jim often consults with CPS defense attorneys on handbook research.
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3 Responses to Texas’ 2015 Valentine Weekend Massacre of the CPS Handbook

  1. unreal cps is like cancer, but cancer has no cure, but soon we will have a cure for cps

    On Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 2:41 PM, How Child Protection Services Buys and


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