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HB 3008 after much debate, this bill was sent to the Governor on May 26, 2007 and would establish a pilot program to match certain teens in foster care with adult mentors. The bill would establish a pilot program under which the department would contract with a private or nonprofit entity to pair children in foster care in Tarrant County, Denton County, Dallas County, and Collin County who are 14 years of age or older with volunteer adult mentors in order to foster relationships of support and guidance in preparation for the children's transition to adult living. (Authors: Pierson, Rose, Truitt, McCall, Parker; co-authors: Patrick, Raymond, Vaught) More...

SB 1457 creates a task force to study the issue of child abuse and neglect and child welfare, and requires the task force to create goals for state policy on the issue and submit a strategic plan to accomplish those goals. The bill provides that the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of representatives each appoint five members of the task force to establish a strategy for reducing child abuse and neglect and improving child welfare. (Author: Uresti; co-authors: Shapleigh. West, Royce) Placed on General State Calendar on May 17, 2007 More...

HB 2702 Relating to tuition and fee exemptions and health benefits coverage subsidies for certain adopted children. A child for whom a subsidy is provided under Subsection (b-1) for premiums for health benefits coverage and who does not receive any other subsidy under this section is not considered to be the subject of an adoption assistance agreement for any other purpose, including for determining eligibility for the exemption from payment of tuition and fees for higher education under Section 54.2111, Education Code. (Author: Truitt) More...

HB 3505 The bill would amend the Government Code relating to requirements for judicial training on issues regarding family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and neglect. The bill would set qualifications for sponsoring organizations providing training on issues of child abuse and neglect. (Author: Harnett) More...


 

 

The Military Adoption Act of 2005 Allows Paid Leave for Military Families Adopting a Child

On Jan. 6, 2006 the U.S. Congress included an amendment giving military families who adopt paid maternity leave and guaranteed health coverage for their families when it passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2006. The "Military Adoption Act of 2005" (Sec. 593 of the NDAA) grants up to 21 days of paid leave to the primary caregiver following the placement of a child for adoption. Prior policy provided up to $5,000 per year in adoption expenses, but did not allow paid leave after an adoption. (The Family and Medical Leave Act does not apply to the Armed Forces.)


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