More child abuse claims by CPS being overturned

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
More Texas child abuse claims by Child Protective Services are being overturned upon appeal.

The state is overturning far more cases in which Child Protective Services initially ruled that a child had been abused or neglected.

AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP) - The state is overturning far more cases in which Child Protective Services initially ruled that a child had been abused or neglected.

Each year the state overturns more than 1 out of 3 decisions challenged by people who CPS claims has mistreated a child. Twenty-seven percent of CPS rulings were reversed in 2009 but that number rose to 42 percent last year. More than 1,140 cases were appealed in 2013.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that even though a CPS ruling may be thrown out, the person accused of mistreatment can still face significant hurdles. For instance, CPS decisions are used in criminal and civil cases, and they are a factor in custody disputes.

But the Department of Family and Protective Services says there are no indications of systematic problems with its abuse investigations.


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