A. Background

At the request of several stakeholders, the Children's Commission convened a meeting in August 2018 to discuss cases filed by DFPS where DFPS and the child's parent(s) are appointed Joint Managing Conservator (JMC) of a child. Attendees at the meeting discussed fact patterns in JMC cases, DFPS policy and record keeping, the appointment of attorneys and guardians ad litem, possible statutory changes, as well as training and guidance to judges, attorneys, and advocates. The Children's Commission also surveyed judges attending its annual Child Welfare Judges Conference held in November 2018 regarding the handling of JMC cases.