On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, the Lieutenant Governor as presiding officer of the Texas State Senate announced the 2019 Interim Legislative Charges that will be examined over the next several months. These charges are assigned to each Senate committee for review and consideration of legislative policy changes in the next legislative session. In relation to child welfare, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee has been tasked to examine the following:
“Department of Family and Protective Services procedures and grounds for placing a child into the child welfare system and the termination of parental rights. Make recommendations on ways to protect children who are involved with the child welfare system while preserving families under state law. Identify ways faith-based and other community organizations can assist in preserving or reunifying families involved with the child welfare system.”
Committee meetings on the interim charges are beginning to be announced. Read the full list of interim charges.