Child abuse has been an issue that previous legislative meetings have worked to prevent. There are numerous programs within the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services that have been working to prevent, report, and repair the actions of child abuse. By raising awareness in their local communities, Texas children's centers have been attempting to gain aid for children and family members in abused homes.
In this legislative session, SB 245 has issued the eligibility by contract, that centers must advocate for children and family members from abused or neglected homes. This bill includes all children centers and their responsibility, by contract, to aid in the investigation and care of a child or family that have been abused. These responsibilities include physical medical evaluation, providing a comfortable and safe environment for the child or family, and necessary mental health or trauma focused treatments.
This act will take immediate effect September 1, 2013.
-Brelle de Groot