78th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, House Bill 233, Chapter 37 Page: 1 of 5
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CHAPTER 37 ' H.B. No. 233
1 AN ACT
2 relating to standing to file a suit requesting termination of the
3 parent-child relationship or adoption.
4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
5 SECTION 1. Section 102.003(a), Family Code, is amended to
6 read as follows:
7 (a) An original suit may be filed at any time by:
8 (1) a parent of the child;
9' (2) the child through a representative authorized by
10 the court;
11 (3) a custodian or person having the right of
12 visitation with or access to the child appointed by an order of a
13 court of another state or country;
14 (4) a guardian of the person or of the estate of the
16 (5) a governmental entity;
17 (6) an authorized agency;
18 (7) a licensed child placing agency;
19 (8) a man alleging himself to be the father of a child
20 filing in accordance with Chapter 160, subject to the limitations
21 of that chapter, but not otherwise;
22 (9) a person, other than a foster parent, who has had
23 actual care, control, and possession of the child for at least six
24 months ending not more than 90 days preceding the date of the filing
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Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. 78th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, House Bill 233, Chapter 37, legislative document, May 2003; [Austin, Texas]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth158424/m1/1/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.