During the 87th Legislative Session, several significant bills passed which impact child welfare law, including House Bill 567. House Bill 567 contains several significant provisions that will go into effect on September 1, 2021. One major change set out in HB 567 is the repeal of the statutory framework for non-emergency removals.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Child Protective Investigations Division made a determination that effective July 1, 2021, DFPS will no longer file non-emergency removals. DFPS policy has not yet been updated but changes to several sections, including Taking Legal Custody of a Child and Conducting a Nonemergency Removal are pending.
DFPS and the Children’s Commission plan to partner to develop additional guidance on the impact of this change. Please look for additional information in the coming months.