Child Welfare

Building on successful reforms to Child Protective Services in the 85th Legislative Session, the 86th Legislature passed additional measures designed to provide the best care possible for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

House Bill 2764 improves training requirements for potential foster parents, including provisions specifically tailored for children with complex medical needs, emotional disorders, disabilities, or children that were victims of human trafficking. The bill allows provisional placement to prospective foster caregivers while they complete the required training. HB 2764 also requires the Health and Human Services Commission to improve the process and standards for child-placing agencies, foster homes, and adoptive homes licensed by the state, with goals of increasing the number of adoptive families in Texas.