DFPS updated policy (CPS Handbook 2663 and 6133) to require staff to have the family help identify all grandparents and other adult relatives, not just three relatives who might be considered for placement. A notification form letter was developed with attachments regarding the notice of removal and options to become a:
- Kinship foster parent,
- Kinship unverified caregiver, or a
- Supporter of the child in placement by participation in the service planning for the child.
The form letter has now been put in the DFPS automated system, where such notices can be tracked.
Senate Bill (SB) 993 from the Texas 82nd legislative session amended the Texas Family Code provisions regarding notification of adult relatives to include the Fostering Connections requirements on this issue and to clarify that this notice must be provided to all adult relatives related to the child within the 3rd degree of consanguinity (i.e. all grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and siblings).
The notification letter and attachment information were revised in August 2011 to incorporate the requirements in SB 993.