As part of the ongoing commitment of the Children’s Commission to promote quality of legal representation for all parties, the Commission brought together a DFPS Representation Subcommittee to complement its current workgroups dedicated to parent and child representation. The purpose of the subcommittee is to create a forum for experts in child welfare law to identify strategies and make recommendations related to the improvement of representation of DFPS and improvement of communication and collaboration with parties to ensure the best outcomes for Texas children, youth, and families.  

The DFPS Representation Subcommittee is currently updating the Tool Kit for Attorneys Representing DFPS. This will be the first update to the DFPS Tool Kit since it was published in 2018. Updates will include statutory changes and additions of several new sections including FFPSA, reinstatement of parental rights, and service on parents in foreign countries.