D. DFPS Decisions That Must Consider Best Interest

When considering placement:

•   In selecting a placement for a child, the Department shall consider whether the placement is in the child’s best interest. In determining whether a placement is in a child’s best interest, the Department shall consider whether the placement: o is the least restrictive setting for the child;

When assessing a relative or designated placement:

•   Before placing a child with a proposed relative or other designated caregiver, the Department must conduct an assessment to determine whether the proposed placement is in the child’s best interest. Tex. Fam. Code § 264.754(b).