Public Hearing for HB 1478, 1608, 1640, 2330, 2331, 3561 (Human Services)


Event Details


COMMITTEE: Human Services
TIME & DATE: 8:00 AM, Monday, April 24, 2017
PLACE: E2.030
CHAIR: Rep. Richard Peña Raymond

HB 1478 | RELATING TO EMERGENCY PLACEMENTS OF CHILDREN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

Author: White

Would establish a registry of verified or licensed foster homes and group homes that can accept a child for an emergency placement up to 72 hours. Proposes that DFPS develop emergency placement procedures with these homes to increase the number of homes on the registry.

HB 1608 | RELATING TO CREATING A PILOT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE SUMMER INTERNSHIPS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN.

Author: Minjarez

Proposes DFPS establish a summer internship pilot program for current and former foster youth who are 15 years old or older to provide them with the opportunity to develop marketable job skills and obtain professional work experience with a business, nonprofit, or government entity.

HB 1640 | RELATING TO THE CREATION OF A PROGRAM TO ASSIST FOSTER CARE YOUTH AND FORMER FOSTER CARE YOUTH IN ACCESSING HIGHER EDUCATION, CAREER INFORMATION, AND SKILLS CERTIFICATIONS.

Author: Vo
Companion: SB 482 (Identical)

Proposes DFPS works with communities and foster care transition centers to create a program that helps those in foster care earn a high school diploma, helps them earn vocational certificate(s) for current high-demand jobs, provides career guidance, and helps them take advantage of college tuition and fee waivers.

HB 2330 | RELATING TO INFORMATION AND SERVICES FOR FOSTER CHILDREN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR MINOR PARENTS.

Author: Dukes

Requires DFPS to collect information on foster children who are parents themselves, with a data summary published annually on the Department’s website. Also requires DFPS to provide foster children who are pregnant and/or parenting with information and support in providing a safe environment for the minor and their child.

HB 2331 | RELATING TO A PILOT PROGRAM TO INCREASE THE FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE OF FOSTER CHILDREN WHO ARE TRANSITIONING TO INDEPENDENT LIVING.

Author: Dukes

Proposes that DFPS initiate a pilot program to help foster children achieve financial security and independence as they transition out of the foster system by partnering with financial institutions to establish savings accounts for these children. Foster children would not be allowed to make a withdrawal from the account until one year after the first deposit was made or when the balance of the account equals or exceeds $2,000. The Department may partner with foundations to provide matching savings programs or savings incentives for these children.

HB 3561 | RELATING TO ASSISTANCE FOR FOSTER CHILDREN, HOMELESS CHILDREN OR YOUTH, AND UNACCOMPANIED YOUTH.

Author: Klick

Would make the judge, the guardian ad litem, and the attorney ad litem responsible for identifying if a child in foster care is in a need of a certified birth certificate replacement, a social security card replacement, a health record, a driver’s license, and/or other personal documents or forms of identification. If the child is 16 years or older, this bill also requires proof of enrollment of the child in Medicaid and that the youth is provided with written information regarding benefits and opportunities for higher education.