Survivor Rights Card
These resource rights cards provide information for advocates and survivors about the rights and responsibilities of parents who are survivors of family violence in the CPS system. Download the card in English and in Spanish below.
Working with CPS
Every HHSC-funded family violence center has a liaison who is the link between their program and CPS/APS and has the role of clarifying confidentiality limits, arranging cross-trainings and problem solving when issues arise. Download our contact list here to find your CPS liaison. If you need additional assistance contact TCFV’s Policy Department at 1-800-525-1978.
The Memorandnum of Understanding between DFPS ad HHSC-funded Family Violence centers details expectations of the liaison system and conflict resolution. The MOUs from 2012 are still valid and will remain so until an update or revision is issued.
Download the MOU template above.
Domestic Violence and Shelters: What Happens to my Child? | HHSC and CPS have created a brochure for survivors of family violence who are in shelter and are involved in CPS.
CPS Policy Handbook Online | The CPS Handbook contains the policies and procedures that CPS workers must follow through all the phases of a CPS case.
Administrative Review of an Investigative Finding (ARIF) | CPS must give parents a letter explaining their final decision and whether parents have been given a finding as a perpetrator of child abuse and neglect. If a parent does not agree with CPS’ decision, they can ask for an ARIF within 45 days of getting the finding letter. For more information about an ARIF see TAC Rule 700.516.
Resources for Supporting Survivors’ Protective Capacity
Research has shown that developing the quality of a child’s relationship with the non-battering parent is the single most important factor in a child’s emotional recovery from exposure to domestic violence.* Family violence advocates play a vital role in helping survivors identify their strengths, protective actions and fostering a healthy parent child relationship.
Safety Planning when Children are Involved explores safety planning options including: Planning for Violence in the Home; Planning for Unsupervised Visits; Planning for Safe Custody Exchanges; Safety Planning While Pregnant.
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health provides training and resources for advocates supporting children, parents, and caregivers impacted by domestic violence.
K.I.S.S. (A Kid Is So Special) is a 12-week child focused curriculum developed to strengthen the Mother-Child Bond by recognizing the impact domestic violence has on children.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Domestic Violence Collaborative Group has created a series of fact sheets to help parents understand how children may react to domestic violence and how to best help them feel safe and valued and develop personal strength.
Amazing brain series and booklets – brief and accessible information about how trauma affects children’s brains and how parents and others can help.
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides resources for building parental resiliency.
* Bancroft L, Silberman J., The Batterer as Parent. 2002 Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, California
Building Resiliency in Children Exposed to Family Violence
Tips for advocates working with children exposed to domestic violence and what you can do to support them and the survivor parent.
Honor Our Voices – an online learning module that provides the opportunity to see domestic violence through the eyes and voices of children. This website also has a practice guide for advocates when responding to children exposed to domestic violence.
National Center Traumatic Stress Network – resources on how the trauma of domestic violence affects children and how advocates can provide intervention: