June 24, 2021

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission adopted rules in Chapter 749, Minimum Standards for Child-Placing Agencies. These rules relate to Training and Foster Home Screenings and Verifications. They are effective June 27, 2021.

The adopted rules put in place Senate Bill 195, House Bill 2363, and House Bill 2764 from the 86th Legislature, Regular Session, 2019. The following are the bill requirements for Child Care Regulation.

  • Update the health history requirements in the Health, Social, Educational, and Genetic History adoptive report.
  • Allow a foster home to store weapons and ammunition in the same locked location if the firearm has a trigger locking device.
  • Simplify, streamline, and give more flexibility in applying minimum standards to child-placing agencies, foster home, and adoptive homes
  • Develop minimum standards. These standards will grant Child Placing Agencies the authority to waive certain pre-service and annual training requirements for a foster home in certain situations.

View the adopted rules, a version of the adopted rules with the changes highlighted, and a revision memo that outline the changes on the Minimum Standards page.