Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

HOUSE PASSES BILL TO ENSURE INPUT IN CPS PLACEMENT DECISIONS

AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives today passed SB 425 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to require that the CASA volunteer, guardian ad litem, and attorney ad litem are consulted prior to changing a child's Child Protective Services placement, except in cases of emergency.

"This bill will ensure that every placement decision is made with input from these child advocates," said Senator Nelson. "It will reduce the number of placement changes by creating a more community-based, transparent and collaborative approach to address the needs of one of our state's most vulnerable populations -- children in foster care. Most importantly, it will help us connect more children to permanent, supportive homes."

The bill will now go to the governor's desk for his signature.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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