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                                          In Loving Memory
And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by Him, And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in My Name receiveth Me: and whosoever shall receive Me receiveth Him that sent Me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.  - Luke 9: 47 - 48 (KJV)


 

THE TITCHES TIMEOUT PLAN proposal as follows:

1. Both grandparents, maternal and paternal, MUST be included in Child Protection Service Data Base

2. When there is an alleged and / or child abuse in the home take the child out of the home and place he/she with either qualified grandparents until a full investigation is done before the child can be placed back into the home.

3. A qualified grandparent is defined as: either grandparent, maternal or paternal, which is physically, financially, and emotionally stable to fulfill the child’s life. Their home MUST be a safe haven for the child

4. The alleged abusers if found guilty, must be drug tested, evaluated by a licensed psychologist and undergo extensive parenting skills for six to twelve months or until the courts determines the child should be place back into the home.

5. If the child is placed back into the home the parents must be monitored on a regular basis to determine if they are physically, financially, and emotionally stable to allow the child to remain in the home and the home is safe and environment is healthy.

In closing, I am asking the elected officials of this state to consider this law, which will help save the lives of children. This law will allow all elected officials, judges, and the police department to work together for a common goal and maximize the efforts we need to help stop the death of our children. I humbly ask of your help to initiate and pass this law.

We need your help to implement THE TITCHES TIMEOUT PLAN in our society. This proposal when implemented will help families and enable them to care of their children. The goal of the law is not to take children from their parents, but to help build back the family and allow children to have a chance at life. We have to build on what is right and correct what is broken.

 
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SUBCHAPTER H.  RIGHTS OF GRANDPARENT, AUNT, OR UNCLE IN STATE OF TEXAS

Sec. 153.431.  APPOINTMENT OF GRANDPARENT, AUNT, OR UNCLE AS MANAGING CONSERVATOR.  If both of the parents of a child are deceased, the court may consider appointment of a parent, sister, or brother of a deceased parent as a managing conservator of the child, but that consideration does not alter or diminish the discretionary power of the court.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg. ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 484, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.


Sec. 153.432.  SUIT FOR POSSESSION OR ACCESS BY GRANDPARENT.  (a) A biological or adoptive grandparent may request possession of or access to a grandchild by filing:
(1) An original suit; or
(2) A suit for modification as provided by Chapter 156.
(b) A grandparent may request possession of or access to a grandchild in a suit filed for the sole purpose of requesting the relief, without regard to whether the appointment of a managing conservator is an issue in the suit.
(c) In a suit described by Subsection (a), the person filing the suit must execute and attach an affidavit on knowledge or belief that contains, along with supporting facts, the allegation that denial of possession of or access to the child by the petitioner would significantly impair the child's physical health or emotional well-being.  The court shall deny the relief sought and dismiss the suit unless the court determines that the facts stated in the affidavit, if true, would be sufficient to support the relief authorized under Section 153.433.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 484, Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1113, Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2009.


Sec. 153.433.  POSSESSION OF OR ACCESS TO GRANDCHILD.  (a) The court may order reasonable possession of or access to a grandchild by a grandparent if:
(1) At the time the relief is requested, at least one biological or adoptive parent of the child has not had that parent's parental rights terminated;
(2) The grandparent requesting possession of or access to the child overcomes the presumption that a parent acts in the best interest of the parent's child by proving by a preponderance of the evidence that denial of possession of or access to the child would significantly impair the child's physical health or emotional well-being; and
(3) The grandparent requesting possession of or access to the child is a parent of a parent of the child and that parent of the child:
(A) Has been incarcerated in jail or prison during the three-month period preceding the filing of the petition;
(B) Has been found by a court to be incompetent;
(C) Is dead; or
(D) Does not have actual or court-ordered possession of or access to the child.
(b) An order granting possession of or access to a child by a grandparent that is rendered over a parent's objections must state, with specificity that:
(1) At the time the relief was requested, at least one biological or adoptive parent of the child had not had that parent's parental rights terminated;
(2) The grandparent requesting possession of or access to the child has overcome the presumption that a parent acts in the best interest of the parent's child by proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the denial of possession of or access to the child would significantly impair the child's physical health or emotional well-being; and
(3) The grandparent requesting possession of or access to the child is a parent of a parent of the child and that parent of the child:
(A) Has been incarcerated in jail or prison during the three-month period preceding the filing of the petition;
(B) Has been found by a court to be incompetent;
(C) Is dead; or
(D) Does not have actual or court-ordered possession of or access to the child.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995.  Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1397, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 484, Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1113, Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2009.


Sec. 153.434.  LIMITATION ON RIGHT TO REQUEST POSSESSION OR ACCESS.  A biological or adoptive grandparent may not request possession of or access to a grandchild if:
(1) Each of the biological parents of the grandchild has:
(A) Died
(B) Had the person's parental rights terminated; or
(C) Executed an affidavit of waiver of interest in child or an affidavit of relinquishment of parental rights under Chapter 161 and the affidavit designates an authorized agency, licensed child-placing agency, or person other than the child's stepparent as the managing conservator of the child; and
(2) The grandchild has been adopted, or is the subject of a pending suit for adoption, by a person other than the child's stepparent.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg. ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995.  Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg. ch. 561, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1997;  Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1390, Sec. 13, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 484, Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2005.
site: state.tx.usgrandparents
www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/docs

Will these rights which is now in place in the state of Texas today help grandparents to assist their grandchildren of domestic of violence when there is daring life and death situation?

Since my situation ( death of my grandchild) as a grandparent I was unable to get Titches because of legal tape. I paid a high price and do not want to see this continue to happen to other grandparents to get their "Titches" out of harms way immediately and step in and retrieve the child. The law did not protect his rights to have a life and the reason was due to laws of Texas, Child Protective Services,  and Dallas Police Department here in Texas.

From April of 2006 to October of 2006 after weeks and months trying to locate and get hands on him--we failed--four months and not getting help because of the law, we ran into red tape and stumbling blocks. The law told us if we tried to take the child illegal we would be prosecuted to the fullest and the person whose home he was living in with the mother can do us harm and /or kill us and there nothing would happen him legally. Isn't it odd and amazing the perpetrator of the deed can be protected and not child or their grandparents. 

I know each state has their guidelines and I have attached information for Texas's Grandparents Law. If you read them you will find out it these laws have a lot of  red tape and therefore does not benefits for a grandparents seeking help when there is a daring need. And like most of society we cannot afford attorneys to "rush things" for us. These laws need to be revised---and that is what The Timeout Plan Plan is all about. I would like to open the web site to family, friends. coworkers, church members, etc as soon as possible.
 
Also I would like to add  to the website volunteers in a section. The web site is not all about finances, even though I believe it will come in the future. Anyone may email me and add Volunteer to the subject line.

When I first Googled "granparents rights" the first thing came up on the website were advertisements for attorneys. We live in a society where if you have the money you can get the help and most  grandparents are the "working poor," even some are working pass their retirement age to support grandchildren---whether they are in college, incarcerated or just need assistance, they want to support their next generation.

 Why all the red tape when a child is in danger?

In my dealing with Titches situation I had an opportunity to meet with a Sargent of the Dallas Police Department,  (which told me ( off the record)  suggestions that need to be change to help them in these types of situations) the DA who prosecuted the case, as well as Child Protective Services.

Basically I was told by all three entities--- are bound by law.The laws in place need revised.  During these times with babies having babies and as a people of united and freedom there has to be some amendments done to help our nation and state laws.

I refuse to believe as a nation we can send a man to the moon but can not and will not change laws to assist grand parent dealing with domestic violence.

Because of what I was told by the above entities I came up with five proposals of what I think Texas can start with on  changing laws and it is my goal to go nationwide with it.

My main goal and mission is to help grandparents financial with legal issues, financial assistance while their grandchildren are in their care, such as housing, clothing, etc.  .

Domestic Violence is the issue, however the mission is to assist grandparents with more rights on which to get their babies out of harms way. Domestic violence is the silent killer of today and it happens in all ages, colors, ethnic groups, gender, rich and poor. None of us are exempt.

Contact us in Dallas, Texas, for more information about our domestic violence initiatives and how you can help.