Know Your Rights
Effective September 1, 2017, an 11th or 12th grade student may be eligible to graduate and receive a high school diploma if they fail no more than two end-of-courses, provided they successfully complete the curriculum requirements required for high school graduate. This law only applies to an 11th or 12th grade student who has failed to comply with the end-of-course assessment for not more than two courses.
Youth now currently in foster care have a way to file a complaint against the Department of Family and Protective Services and not be retaliated against as long as the complaint is made in good faith.
Ombudsman For Children and Youth in Foster Care.
The ombudsman serves as a neutral party in assisting youth in DFPS care with complaints regarding issues within the authority of the department.
How do you file a complaint ?
Foster youth may call the Ombudsman Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at 1‐844‐286‐0769.
Letters can be mailed to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Foster Care Ombudsman, MC H‐700, P O Box 13247, Austin, Texas 78711‐3247.
The Ombudsman can be reached online at: