Filing Suit Without Taking Possession of Child
An original suit filed by a governmental entity that requests to take possession of a child after notice and a hearing must be supported by an affidavit sworn to by a person with personal knowledge and stating facts sufficient to satisfy a person of ordinary prudence and caution that:
there is a continuing danger to the physical health or safety of the child caused by an act or failure to act of the person entitled to possession of the child and that allowing the child to remain in the home would be contrary to the child’s welfare; and
reasonable efforts, consistent with the circumstances and providing for the safety of the child, have been made to prevent or eliminate the need to remove the child from the child’s home.Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1150, Sec. 19, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1390, Sec. 38, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.Amended by:Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 317 (H.B. 7), Sec. 18, eff. September 1, 2017.