texas council child welfare boards
TEXAS FAMILY CODE 264.005 CWB
Texas Family Code, Title 5. The Parent-Child Relationship . . .
Subtitle E. Protection of the Child Chapter 264 Child Welfare Services
Subchapter A. General Provisions
(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 commissioners court.
(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.
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