Texas Family Code

Sec. § 261.501
Filing Application for Protective Order in Certain Cases of Abuse or Neglect

The department may file an application for a protective order for a child’s protection under this subchapter on the department’s own initiative or jointly with a parent, relative, or caregiver of the child who requests the filing of the application if the department:


has temporary managing conservatorship of the child;


determines that:


the child:


is a victim of abuse or neglect; or


has a history of being abused or neglected; and


there is a threat of:


immediate or continued abuse or neglect to the child;


someone illegally taking the child from the home in which the child is placed;


behavior that poses a threat to the caregiver with whom the child is placed; or


someone committing an act of violence against the child or the child’s caregiver; and


is not otherwise authorized to apply for a protective order for the child’s protection under Chapter 82 (Applying for Protective Order).
Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 317 (H.B. 7), Sec. 14, eff. September 1, 2017.

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