K. Notice of Significant Events

The notice sections of Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018 are in addition to other notice requirements provided by law, including Tex. Fam. Code § 264.107(g), which deals with placement of children, and Tex. Fam. Code § 264.123, governing the reporting duties of DFPS when a child in custody becomes missing. Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018(b).

DFPS must provide notice under Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018 in a manner that would provide actual notice to a person entitled to the notice, including the use of electronic notice whenever possible. Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018(c).

Not later than 24 hours after an event described by Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018(d), DFPS shall make a reasonable effort to notify a parent of a child in the managing conservatorship of the DFPS of:

•   A significant change in medical condition of the child [as defined by Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018(a)(4)];

•   The enrollment or participation of the child in a drug research program under Tex. Fam. Code § 266.0041; and

•   An initial prescription of a psychotropic medication [as defined by Tex. Fam. Code § 266.001]. Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018(d).

Not later than 48 hours before DFPS changes the residential child-care facility of a child in the managing conservatorship of DFPS, DFPS shall provide notice of the change to:

As soon as possible but not later than the 10th day after the date DFPS becomes aware of a significant event [as defined by Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018(a)(5)] affecting a child in the conservatorship of DFPS, DFPS shall provide notice of the significant event to:

A significant event means:

For purposes of Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018(f), if a hearing for the child is conducted during the 10-day notice period described by Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018(f), DFPS shall provide notice of the significant event at the hearing. Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018(g).

DFPS is not required to provide notice under Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018 to a parent of a child in the managing conservatorship of DFPS if:

A person entitled to notice from DFPS under Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018 shall provide current contact information pursuant to Tex. Fam. Code § 264.018(j).