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Appellant Twila Young challenges the trial court’s judgment signed September 8, 2000, following a jury trial, terminating her parental rights as to her daughters L.L. and T.Y. and appointing the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS) permanent managing conservator of the children. *fn1 Presenting two issues, Young contends that reversal is required because the trial court had no authority to render the order, and because the order is a nullity under the provisions of the one final judgment rule. Based on the rationale expressed herein, we reverse and remand.

Young does not challenge the sufficiency of the evidence to support the jury’s findings. Thus, only the facts relevant for disposition of this appeal will be presented. On January 23, 1998, TDPRS filed its petition to terminate the parent-child relationship between Young and her four children, to wit: two minor sons, J.Y. and D.Y., and two minor daughters, L.L. and T.Y. On May 14, 1998, the trial court conducted its first hearing, and on April 6, 2000, the court signed an order entitled Permanency Hearing Order which, among other things, determined that pursuant to section 263.306(11) of the Texas Family Code, the dismissal date of the cause shall be May 14, 2000. Although the case was set for trial on April 14, 2000, on that day, Young’s counsel filed a motion for continuance and by order signed May 9, 2000, the case was reset for trial on May 12, 2000. Then, an agreement pursuant to Rule 11 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure signed by counsel for TDPRS, attorney and guardian ad litem for the children, CASA, and counsel for Young was filed on May 11, 2000, which in summary, provided:

• TDPRS was appointed temporary managing conservator of the four children on May 13, 1997;

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