Fam. Code Section 264.204
Community-based Family Services
(a)The department shall administer a grant program to provide funding to community organizations, including faith-based or county organizations, to respond to:
(1)low-priority, less serious cases of abuse and neglect; and
(2)cases in which an allegation of abuse or neglect of a child was unsubstantiated but involved a family that has been previously investigated for abuse or neglect of a child.
(b)The executive commissioner shall adopt rules to implement the grant program, including rules governing the submission and approval of grant requests and the cancellation of grants.
(c)To receive a grant, a community organization whose grant request is approved must execute an interagency agreement or a contract with the department. The contract must require the organization receiving the grant to perform the services as stated in the approved grant request. The contract must contain appropriate provisions for program and fiscal monitoring.
(d)In areas of the state in which community organizations receive grants under the program, the department shall refer low-priority, less serious cases of abuse and neglect to a community organization receiving a grant under the program.
(e)A community organization receiving a referral under Subsection (d) shall make a home visit and offer family social services to enhance the parents’ ability to provide a safe and stable home environment for the child. If the family chooses to use the family services, a case manager from the organization shall monitor the case and ensure that the services are delivered.
(f)If after the home visit the community organization determines that the case is more serious than the department indicated, the community organization shall refer the case to the department for a full investigation.
(g)The department may not award a grant to a community organization in an area of the state in which a similar program is already providing effective family services in the community.
(h)For purposes of this section, a case is considered to be a less serious case of abuse or neglect if:
(1)the circumstances of the case do not appear to involve a reasonable likelihood that the child will be abused or neglected in the foreseeable future; or
(2)the allegations in the report of child abuse or neglect:
(A)are general in nature or vague and do not support a determination that the child who is the subject of the report has been abused or neglected or will likely be abused or neglected; or
(B)if substantiated, would not be considered abuse or neglect under this chapter.
Section 264.204 — Community-based Family Services,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/FA/htm/FA.264.htm#264.204 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).