S.B. No. 1723
  relating to an informational manual for voluntary caregivers who
  provide temporary care for children who are the subject of an
  investigation by the Department of Family and Protective Services.
         SECTION 1.  Section 261.3071, Family Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 261.3071.  INFORMATIONAL MANUALS. (a)  In this
               (1)  "Designated caregiver" and[,] "relative
  caregiver" [and "designated caregiver"] have the meanings assigned
  those terms by Section 264.751.
               (2)  "Voluntary caregiver" means a person who
  voluntarily agrees to provide temporary care for a child:
                     (A)  who is the subject of an investigation by the
  department or whose parent, managing conservator, possessory
  conservator, guardian, caretaker, or custodian is receiving
  family-based safety services from the department;
                     (B)  who is not in the conservatorship of the
  department; and
                     (C)  who is placed in the care of the person by the
  parent or other person having legal custody of the child.
         (b)  The department shall develop and publish informational
  manuals that provide information for:
               (1)  a parent or other person having custody of a child
  who is the subject of an investigation under this chapter; [and]
               (2)  a person who is selected by the department to be
  the child's relative or designated caregiver; and
               (3)  a voluntary caregiver.
         (c)  Information provided in the manuals must be in both
  English and Spanish and must include, as appropriate:
               (1)  useful indexes of information such as telephone
               (2)  the information required to be provided under
  Section 261.307(a)(1);
               (3)  information describing the rights and duties of a
  relative or designated caregiver; [and]
               (4)  information regarding the relative and other
  designated caregiver program under Subchapter I, Chapter 264; and
               (5)  information regarding the role of a voluntary
  caregiver, including information on how to obtain any documentation
  necessary to provide for a child's needs.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1723 passed the Senate on
  May 8, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1723 passed the House on
  May 27, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 148, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House