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  S.B. No. 502
  relating to placement of children with certain relatives or other
  designated caregivers.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter I, Chapter 264, Family Code, is
  amended by adding Section 264.7541 to read as follows:
  (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (b), before placing a child
  with a proposed relative or other designated caregiver, the
  department must:
               (1)  arrange a visit between the child and the proposed
  caregiver; and
               (2)  provide the proposed caregiver with a form, which
  may be the same form the department provides to nonrelative
  caregivers, containing information, to the extent it is available,
  about the child that would enhance continuity of care for the child,
                     (A)  the child's school information and
  educational needs;
                     (B)  the child's medical, dental, and mental
  health care information;
                     (C)  the child's social and family information;
                     (D)  any other information about the child the
  department determines will assist the proposed caregiver in meeting
  the child's needs.
         (b)  The department may waive the requirements of Subsection
  (a) if the proposed relative or other designated caregiver has a
  long-standing or significant relationship with the child and has
  provided care for the child at any time during the 12 months
  preceding the date of the proposed placement.
         SECTION 2.  Subsection (b), Section 264.755, Family Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  Monetary assistance provided under this section must
  include a one-time cash payment [of not more than $1,000] to the
  caregiver on the initial placement of a child or a sibling group.  
  The amount of the cash payment, as determined by the department, may
  not exceed $1,000 for each child.  The payment for placement of a
  sibling group must be at least $1,000 for the group, but may not
  exceed $1,000 for each child in the group.  The cash payment must be
  provided on the initial placement of each child with the caregiver
  and is provided to assist the caregiver in purchasing essential
  child-care items such as furniture and clothing.
         SECTION 3.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to the placement of a child for whom the Department of Family and
  Protective Services is named managing conservator on or after the
  effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 4.  The change in law made by this Act to Subsection
  (b), Section 264.755, Family Code, does not make an appropriation
  or require a specific appropriation. The new duty imposed on the
  Department of Family and Protective Services as a result of the
  changes to that section must be performed through the
  appropriations provided by the legislature as part of the existing
  responsibilities of the department.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 502 passed the Senate on
  April 4, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 502 passed the House on
  May 17, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 134, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House