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Summary: HB 915 is an extensive bill that amends many different parts of the Family Code to increase accountability and transparency in the foster care system. For example, guardians ad litem, attorney ad litem and the court, in addition to the other steps in their process, must look into a child's medical background and ask the child their own opinion of the care they have received. Also, there are extra provisions which would require extra steps to be taken by parents whose foster child are prescribed psychotropic drugs, including making sure that foster children transitioning into individual living have their prescriptions taken care of during the transition process.
Some major provisions of this legislation include:
Analysis: Consistent with our position on HB 838 which dealt with a similar aspect of foster care, we support HB 915. To be clear TPPA would not support legislation designed to regulate parental decisions at this level outside of the context of foster parenting. However, in the case of foster children who are wards of the state, there is a compelling public interest that the state ensure proper care is being given to this vulnerable population. These provisions do not add a significant burden to foster parents or prospective foster parents. We support HB 915 and its provisions which increase transparency and accountability in the foster care system.