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Relating to minimum standards and caregiver training for substitute care providers for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no fiscal impact to the state is anticipated.
HB 2764 would require the Department of the Family and Protective Services to simplify, streamline, and provide greater flexibility in the application of the minimum standards to licenced child-placing agencies, agency foster homes, and adoptive homes with the goal of increasing the number of foster and adoptive homes in the state. The bill would also cap the number of training hours required to become a foster or adoptive caregivers at 35 hours.
Texas Action approves of HB 2764 because it will make it easier for people to open their homes to foster children who have been removed from their parents by the state. Importantly, this still leaves in place high standards for prospective caregivers to meet. This bill supports individual liberty and limited government.