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Relating to foster care placement in and the licensing of certain residential child-care facilities.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 542 would require the Department of Family and Protective Services to establish guidelines for child placement in a facility where a preventable death of a child in the managing conservatorship of the department occurred. The application for a license, listing, or registration of these facilities would be denied if a preventable death of a child in managing conservatorship occurred and the commission terminated a contract with the residential child-care facility because of the preventable death.
Texas has an obligation to ensure the safety of children separated from their families and placed into the state's conservatorship. In recent years too many children have died while in the state's conservatorship and it is necessary to make changes to mitigate against that happening again. Texas Action supports HB 542.