October 19, 2018

Applies to: Child-Placing Agencies

The Health and Human Services Commission has approved an adopted rule packet related to converting or closing foster group homes in Chapter 749, Minimum Standards for Child-Placing Agencies.

These rule changes go into effect October 19, 2018.

Background and Summary of Changes

The rule changes implement legislation from 2017 and:

  • Update the general rule on how to verify a foster family home;
  • Reiterate that a child-placing agency may not verify a foster group home after August 21, 2017;
  • Clarify that a foster group home that was verified before September 1, 2017 may continue to operate, but requires a child-placing agency to either convert (re-verify) the foster group home to a foster family home or close the foster group home by August 31, 2019; and
  • Outlines the steps a child-placing agency must take in order to convert a foster group home to a foster family home.

You may view the Revision Memo that outlines the rule changes and the updated Chapter 749 Minimum Standard publication on the public website at Child Care Minimum Standards.

You may also view the adopted rules on the Texas Secretary of State website at Texas Administrative Code.