A. Status Hearing

1. Hearing is Mandatory

The Status Hearing is mandatory unless the court holds an initial Permanency Hearing under Tex. Fam. Code § 262.2015 (aggravated circumstances) before the date a Status Hearing is required. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.201(b).

2. Must Be Held No Later Than 60th Day After Temporary Managing Conservatorship Order

Not later than the 60th day after the date the court renders a temporary order appointing DFPS as temporary managing conservator of a child, the court shall hold a Status Hearing to review the child’s status and service plan. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.201(a).

3. Notice Must Be Given Pursuant to Tex. Fam. Code § 263.0021

Notice of a hearing under Tex. Fam. Code Chapter 263 shall be given to all persons entitled to notice of the hearing. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.0021(a). Notice of a hearing under Chapter 263 must now state that the individual receiving notice pursuant to Section 263.0021(b) may, but is not required to, attend the hearing and may request to be heard at the hearing. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.0021(e). Courts must now determine whether the child’s caregiver is present at the hearing and allow the caregiver to testify if the caregiver wishes to provide information about the child. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.0021(f).

The following persons are entitled to at least 10 days' notice and are entitled to present evidence and be heard at a hearing under Tex. Fam. Code Chapter 263:

•   DFPS;

•   The foster parent, pre-adoptive parent, relative providing care, or the director or director’s designee of the group home or general residential operation where the child resides;

•   Each parent of the child;

•   The managing conservator or guardian of the child;

•   An attorney ad litem appointed for the child, if the appointment was not dismissed in the final order;

•   A guardian ad litem appointed for the child, if the appointment was not dismissed in the final order;

•   A volunteer advocate appointed for the child, if the appointment was not dismissed in the final order;

•   The child if:

◦   the child is 10 years of age or older; or

◦   the court determines it is appropriate for the child to receive notice; and

•   Any other person or agency named by the court to have an interest. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.0021(b).

Notice of a hearing under Tex. Fam. Code Chapter 263 may be given:

•   As provided by Tex. R. Civ. P. 21a;

•   In a temporary order following a full Adversary Hearing;

•   In an order following a hearing under Tex. Fam. Code Chapter 263;

•   In open court; or

•   In any manner that would provide actual notice to a person entitled to notice. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.0021(c).