You should have an attorney this far along in the process and I would talk to your attorney about contesting the removal or a monitored return if you have complied with your service plan.
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In my recent experience the the 256 Court in Dallas is that the Court usually agrees with CPS. It is made worse when the Judge of that Court repeatedly appoints attorneys without significant CPS Defense or litigation experience, and/or without good work ethic, to represent the indigent parents and as ad litems for the children. If there is no attorney wheel where qualified attorneys are appointed randomly, it gets worse. These attorneys don't want to rock the boat with the Judge because then they won't get more appointments. They also don't work to hard to show that the Judge is not applying the law properly, and the Judge ignores that the court appointed attorney bills reflect that they are not providing the minimum representation required by Family Code Section 107. You want a private attorney who will work hard for you, and who has CPS Defense experience if possible.
There is a great case out of Houston, In In the Interest of C.T.E., 95 S.W.3d 462, 467, (Tex. App. --Houston [1st Dist.] 2002), the Court focused on the reality of the children’s conditions in foster care, and assessed whether or not it was actually an improvement. In In Re C.T.E., the Court reversed the termination of parental rights of Mr. Green, even though he was in jail at the time of trial and had a history of drug use, using the Holly v. Addams factors. Like in your case, the C.T.E. children had been bounced from foster home to foster home. The In Re C.T.E., Court stated honestly while Mr. Green,” has not been able to provide a stable home for his children due to his imprisonment, it is evident that TDPRS has likewise not been able to achieve this goal.” In the Interest of C.T.E., 95 S.W.3d at 468. Get your lawer to review this case. For some reason everyone drinks the Koolaid that these kids once removed from the home are magically transported to adoption bliss. The In Re C.T.E. case says WAKE UP. Look and see whether these kid's situations have been improved or harmed by the State's involvement. And if the State is making things worse, maybe it should stop.
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You should hire an attorney any time Cps is involved.
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