D. Permanency Progress Report is Required; Contents
1. Filing the Permanency Progress Report
Not later than the 10th day before the date set for each Permanency Hearing Before a Final Order is rendered, DFPS shall file with the court a permanency progress report and provide a copy at least 10 days prior to the hearing, unless the court orders a different period for providing the report, to:
• Each party;
• The child’s attorney ad litem;
• The child’s guardian ad litem; and
• The child’s volunteer advocate. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.303(a).
2. Contents of the Permanency Progress Report
The report must contain:
• Information necessary for the court to conduct the Permanency Hearing and make its findings and determinations under Tex. Fam. Code § 263.306;
• Information on significant events, as defined by Tex. Fam. Code§ 264.018; and
• Any additional information DFPS determines is appropriate or that is requested by the court and relevant to the court’s findings and determinations under Tex. Fam. Code § 263.306. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.303(b).
3. Filing a Response
A parent whose parental rights are the subject of a suit affecting the parent-child relationship, the attorney for that parent, or the child’s attorney ad litem or guardian ad litem may file a response to the DFPS report filed under Tex. Fam. Code § 263.303. A response to the report may be filed up to three days prior to hearing. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.303(c).