C. Orders

The court may grant, deny, or defer the petition for six months and render a temporary order awarding the parent possessory conservatorship with DFPS remaining the managing conservator. If the court defers granting the petition, DFPS must monitor the parent and the court must hold another hearing to revisit the reinstatement when the temporary order expires. If the court grants or denies the petition, the court must articulate the court's findings in its order. If the petition is denied, a new petition may not be filed for one year after the date of the order. Tex. Fam. Code ยง 161.304.

Special Issue: Youth in DFPS conservatorship are eligible for certain benefits, such as a tuition and fee waiver for attending state higher education institutions, an Education and Training Voucher (ETV) to provide financial assistance while attending school, Medicaid eligibility, and waiver of fees for state government identification. Eligibility for the youth depends on a variety of factors including the youth's age, legal conservatorship, and how the youth exits DFPS conservatorship. If the parent's rights are reinstated, it may affect the availability of certain benefits for the youth and the child may still be eligible for the tuition and fee waiver under certain circumstances.