Get Help

If you have been contacted by CPS or have reason to think that an investigation has been opened against you, you have a right to legal counsel and can contact the Lambda Legal Help Desk.

To learn more about becoming a member at PFLAG you can click here

To request legal assistance, please visit the ACLU of Texas or Lambda Legal websites.

If you are an attorney and would like to offer your services to represent families and others threatened with investigations, fill out this form.  

DFPS Resources

  • DFPS investigation FAQ for Parents from the Transgender Education Network of Texas and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.
  • Parent Resource Folder from the Transgender Education Network of Texas which includes tips about safe folders, a card your kid can carry in case they’re approached by CPS alone, information about recent federal actions to support trans Texans, and more.
  • File a complaint with the federal government if your child’s healthcare has been interrupted by a clinic, hospital, or medical provider(s). Please also file a complaint if CPS is threatening to interfere with care as well. 

Remember, if CPS contacts you: 

  • Even if an intake specialist shows up at your door, you don't have to let them in and can schedule for a later date. This will give you time to get legal representation and make sure they’re in the initial call.
  • Immediately contact Lambda Legal for a referral to pro bono attorneys. 
  • Do not hand over your safe folder or sign any documents authorizing the release of private information. Do not talk about healthcare your child is receiving. 
  • Make sure your child knows that they do not have to speak to anyone from CPS, even if they’re approached at school. 

Disclaimer: No part of this webpage constitutes legal advice. Please contact Lambda Legal if you need legal counsel.

Mental Health Resources

The below list of resources was developed in September 2021 and some information may be subject to change. By providing the resources below, we cannot vouch for these programs and some crisis hotlines may contact 911 or first responders when required to under the law. With that said, we hope these resources are useful and that you can find the help that you need.

*NEW* Equality Texas Mental Health Toolkit: Access it here

LGBTQIA+ specific hotlines
General crisis hotlines
Other sites to visit for help

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LGBTQIA+ Organizations in Texas

Bryan/College Station
Corpus Christi
El Paso
Fort Worth
San Angelo
San Antonio
Wichita Falls

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