CPS Defense

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), better known as CPS or Child Protective Services, has the difficult mission of trying to rehabilitate and reunite families where abuse and neglect of children have been an issue. Unfortunately, they are no longer effective at achieving that mission. Instead, they have become a largely unaccountable government agency interfering in the rights of parents and Texas families based on the agency's own bureaucratic interests. CPS may not be helpful in healing your family or be needed in your lives at all, but Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, can help either way. To discuss your case in a confidential consultation, contact our San Antonio law office today. You can also check our CPS Frequently Asked Questions.

Results-Driven Representation

Joe Hoelscher aggressively attacks the CPS and DFPS system in court. Texas CPS has made national news for failing Texas children and their families, but Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, will hold them accountable, just like we have in our own news-making cases.

Healing Your Family

CPS has tremendous resources at its disposal but often fails to use those resources productively. If your family needs the support that comes from the Children's Court process, you need a lawyer who can get you those resources without CPS calling the shots. Children's Court can provide counseling, financial support, housing, expert medical and emotional care, among other benefits. By following the advice of reliable, independent experts, we can direct the services that make sense for your family. For many families, CPS intervention has a silver lining, if their lawyers know how to work the DFPS system.

At Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, we know the caseworkers, DFPS contractors, Children's Court Judges, and others involved. We have our own pool of experts who can be trusted. And we know from personal experience how tough court can be for your family. We will support you in overcoming challenges within your family and challenges from CPS.

Protecting Your Rights

CPS will throw out the words "best interest of the child" constantly, but they forget that parents have Constitutional rights which must be respected. Unfortunately, the CPS court system encourages this at times by underpaying court-appointed lawyers and letting CPS get away with violations of the law and their own procedures. Because lawyers who fight CPS effectively are rare due to structural issues with Texas Children's Courts, CPS tends to take offense when met with a serious defense. Fortunately, experienced CPS lawyers know how to keep the Department in line while protecting your rights as parents.

Joe Hoelscher is known for fighting CPS cases to jury verdict in high-profile, complex cases. Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, is active in cases throughout central and south Texas and has a reputation for fighting aggressively, knowledgeably, and effectively. Whether you are only fighting CPS or multiple intervening parties, we have the experience and resources to help you stand up for your family.

The Time To Consult A Lawyer Is Now

CPS has a number of ways to interfere in your family and undermine your parental rights. They don't need to go to court to do it. As soon as DFPS or CPS get involved, you want to consult a lawyer so you can avoid traps like signing a "voluntary" safety plan or agreeing to an interview. In fact, because CPS cases frequently involve allegations that can result in criminal charges, you need to consult attorneys knowledgeable in family law and criminal law. Of course, CPS cases often become part of divorce or child custody proceedings. While you are being overwhelmed by CPS "services," you won't be in a position to fight a stressful legal battle. Getting legal advice quickly is essential to preventing your family from being disrupted and traumatized by CPS.

Voice your questions and concerns during a confidential consultation at our San Antonio, Texas, law office. Call 210-222-9132 or complete our online contact form to schedule an appointment.

Our CPS Frequently Asked Questions page may also be helpful. Check our CPS FAQ here.