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texas council child welfare boards
MANDATORY REPORTING LAWS IN TEXAS
IN TEXAS, LAWS GOVERNING REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT:
CHAPTER 261 OF THE TEXAS FAMILY CODE
A report of child abuse is not an accusation or a proven fact. It does not require a reporter to be certain of abuse or neglect.
In Texas: Degree of certainty which must be met is that the person reporting has “cause to believe” that abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur.
CPS investigates and will determine the nature and extent of the problem, evaluate the child’s condition and safety, and if appropriate, initiate action to protect the child.
Law enforcement agency receives the report.
Professionals specifically are mandated to report within 48 hours from discovery or suspicion.
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