Texas Family Code - Section 264.005. County Child Welfare Boards
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Section: 263.407 263.501 263.502 263.503 264.001 264.002 264.004 264.005 264.006 264.007 264.008 264.009 264.0091 264.010 264.011
§ 264.005. COUNTY CHILD WELFARE BOARDS. (a) The
commissioners court of a county may appoint a child welfare board
for the county. The commissioners court and the department shall
determine the size of the board and the qualifications of its
members. However, a board must have not less than seven and not
more than 15 members, and the members must be residents of the
county. The members shall serve at the pleasure of the
commissioners court and may be removed by the court for just cause.
The members serve without compensation.
(b) With the approval of the department, two or more
counties may establish a joint child welfare board if that action is
found to be more practical in accomplishing the purposes of this
chapter. A board representing more than one county has the same
powers as a board representing a single county and is subject to the
same conditions and liabilities.
(c) The members of a county child welfare board shall select
a presiding officer and shall perform the duties required by the
commissioners court and the department to accomplish the purposes
of this chapter.
(d) A county child welfare board is an entity of the
department for purposes of providing coordinated state and local
public welfare services for children and their families and for the
coordinated use of federal, state, and local funds for these
services. The child welfare board shall work with the
(e) A county child welfare board is a governmental unit for
the purposes of Chapter 101, Civil Practice and Remedies Code.
(f) A county child protective services board member may
receive information that is confidential under Section 40.005,
Human Resources Code, or Section 261.201 when the board member is
acting in the member's official capacity.
(g) A child welfare board may conduct a closed meeting under
Section 551.101, Government Code, to discuss, consider, or act on a
matter that is confidential under Section 40.005, Human Resources
Code, or Section 261.201.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, § 1, eff. April 20, 1995.
Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 575, § 24, eff. Sept. 1,
Last modified: August 11, 2007