Rep. Cason files bill to help return children to safe homesMarch 16, 2021
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Representative Jeff Cason announced today his filing of House Bill 2299, the Return Children to Safe Homes Act. After a child has been removed form their home by Child Protective Services (CPS), current state law requires that the court may return the child to the home unless they find evidence “to satisfy a person of ordinary prudence and caution” that such a return would be harmful to the child. HB 2970 would require the court to find a preponderance of evidence in order to deny the return of the child to their home.
“It is well established, from numerous studies conducted by child psychologists, that the removal of a child from a home, even for short periods, can be devastating to the child’s psychology,” Rep Cason said. “Failure to return the child to their home, when the evidence suggest that their home is safe, can result in long lasting psychological damage to the child. This change in law will mean more children are returned to safe homes and families.”
This bill is joined by two other CPS related bills filed by Rep. Cason – HB 2298 and HB 2970.