The signature or PIN of a parent or guardian is required when the consumer is:

  • a minor (under 18 years of age); or
  • legally incompetent and assigned a legal guardian.

Note: Usually a foster parent is not the legal guardian for his or her foster child and cannot sign an application for services, releases, or the consumer’s Individualized Written Rehabilitation Plan on behalf of the child. The child's managing conservator has the legal authority to sign these documents. Locate the conservator through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. A person under 18 years of age and legally married is not considered a minor under Texas law.