Child Welfare

2015 – 84th Texas Legislature

Child Welfare and Health and Human Services Bills Watch List

Bills on our Watch List receive attention through online monitoring, legislative office visits, coordination with other organizations, and public and/or written testimony.

HB 19 relating to mental health and preventative services programs for veterans’ and military families

HB 2837 relating to authorization agreements between a parent and a relative or other person for the care and custody of the parent’s child

HB 2433 DFPS Sunset bill

HB 3678 relating to the office of independent ombudsman for the Department of Family and Protective Services

HB 524 relating to a suit for possession of or access to a child by grandparent

HB 807 relating to authorization for a caregiver who is a relative to enroll a child in school

HB 4111 relating to the release of certain child fatality and near fatality information for abused or neglected children

HB 2514 relating to standing for certain individuals to file a suit affecting the parent-child relationship

HB 388 relating to the duration of protective orders issued in cases of family violence against persons who are subsequently confined or imprisoned

HB 1027 relating to state agency contracting

HB 3241 relating to state agency contracting

HB 851 relating to children’s advocacy centers

HB 1053 relating to requiring parties in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship to disclose to the court knowledge of certain registered sex offenders; creating grounds for contempt of court

HB 1176 relating to certain privileges of a parent or guardian in a criminal or civil proceeding involving a child of the parent or guardian

HB 2010 relating to public and private school searches of students with parental consent and certain disciplinary measures and other procedures that may arise from a search

HB 1371 relating to the establishment of an office of consumer affairs for children in foster care

HB 2411 relating to the appointment of an associate judge in a family law proceeding involving a name change

HB 2615 relating to the office of independent ombudsman for the Department of Family and Protective Services

HB 1371 relating to the establishment of an office of consumer affairs for children in foster care

HB 4119 relating to investigations of and procedures for reports of child abuse and neglect

HB 4121 relating to service plans and placements for children under the care of the Department of Family and Protective Services

HB 2233 relating to the establishment of a parent education pilot program by the Department of Family and Protective Services

HB 2723 relating to the appointment of an attorney ad litem for a parent in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship

HB 352 relating to the drug testing of certain persons seeking benefits under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program

HB 2039 relating to the disclosure and use of certain information in the Department of Family and Protective Services registry of child abuse or neglect cases and the report of certain information regarding those cases to the legislature

HB 840 relating to the eligibility of certain persons for the supplemental nutrition assistance program

HB 2990 relating to the authority of the Health and Human Services Commission to obtain criminal history record information regarding applicants for employment and certain current employees

HB 570 relating to the eligibility of certain persons for the supplemental nutrition assistance program

HB 620 relating to electronic benefits transfer cards used for recipients of benefits under certain assistance programs

HB 1258 relating to the eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance benefits for certain person who owe delinquent child support

HB 1267 relating to the eligibility of certain persons for the supplemental nutrition assistance program

HB 1973 relating to electronic benefits transfer cards used for recipients of benefits under certain assistance programs

HB 2656 relating to the authority of the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate abuse, neglect, or exploitation of individuals receiving services from certain providers

HB 2789 relating to trauma-informed care training for certain employees of state supported living centers and intermediate care facilities

HB 3463 relating to a photo identification requirement to use certain state benefits

HB 1259 relating to work requirements of the supplemental nutrition assistance program

HB 1268 relating to monetary assistance by the Department of Family and Protective Services for day-care services provided to foster parents and relative or designated caregivers

HB 2053 relating to the protection of certain children who may be subject to child abuse or neglect through the operation of the child safety check alert list

HB 1391 relating to the appointment of a nonparent as managing conservator of a child

SB 206 DFPS Sunset bill

SB 125 relating to certain assessments for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services

SB 1014 relating to the possession of and access to a child in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship in which there is evidence of family violence, child abuse or neglect, or the sexual assault of one parent by the other parent

SB 354 relating to the transfer to the Health and Human Services Commission of contracting authority for children’s advocacy centers and volunteer advocate programs

SB 949 relating to the release of certain child fatality and near fatality information for abused or neglected children

SB 830 relating to the establishment of an office of consumer affairs for children in foster care

SB 812 relating to the appointment of an associate judge in a family law proceeding involving a name change

SB 820 relating to child custody evaluations and adoption evaluations conducted and testimony provided in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship; providing penalties; creating an offense; authorizing fees

SB 201 relating to the efficiency and consolidation of powers and duties within health and human services

SB 1929 relating to the transfer of jurisdiction and appointment of an attorney ad litem or guardian ad litem in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship

SB 1930 relating to the appointment of counsel in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship

SB 1931 relating to the appointment of an attorney ad litem for a parent in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship

SB 414 relating to a suit of possession of or access to a child by a grandparent

SB 20 relating to state agency contracting

SB 314 relating to the appointment of a nonparent as managing conservator of a child

Interim Hearings – 2014

Joint Committee – Higher Education, Human Services

Child Protection, Select Committee

83rd LEGISLATURE (2013)

Good News

SB 352  Relating to visitation for certain children in the temporary managing conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services

The law now requires DFPS to implement visitation plans for children in temporary custody of the state if their goal is reunification with their parents.  It is a giant leap forward for parental rights!!!  Increased visitation means more reunifications!

It went into effect September 1, 2013.  Unfortunately, if your children were removed before this date, the new visitation law will not apply to them.