Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families
The Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission is a statewide, multi-disciplinary collaborative body that includes high-level membership from the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of Texas government, along with child welfare partners in the private sector. The Supreme Court established the Children's Commission in 2007 with the overall goal of improving the child welfare system by increasing public awareness of challenges facing children and families involved in the child welfare system and bringing attention to this important issue through judicial leadership, reforming judicial practice, and informing policy and practice affecting child welfare in Texas. At the foundation of the Children’s Commission is a longstanding collaboration with the state child welfare agency, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
The Children's Commission is a leading collaborative partner in most every aspect of child welfare reform in Texas and is recognized nationally as a leader in establishing long-standing and meaningful relationships with child welfare stakeholders to create a modern child welfare system to better serve children and families.
The Children's Commission is chaired by a sitting Texas Supreme Court Justice. Members include Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and Child Protective Services (CPS) executive leadership, non-profit foundation and state bar leaders, private attorneys, legislators, judges, other elected officials, and child welfare stakeholders.
The Children's Commission is supported by a 40-plus-member advisory group called the Collaborative Council. Members include child placing agencies, service providers, parent and child advocates, mental health, education, substance abuse, and immigration experts as well as children's advocacy centers and many other child protection child and family advocacy groups.
The Children’s Commission has an Executive Committee and four standing committees: Systems Improvement, Legal Policy and Practice, Training, and Data. The Children’s Commission also hosts several ad hoc committees and workgroups. Each committee, subcommittee, and workgroup is staffed by an employee of the Children’s Commission and is chaired by at least one member of the Texas judiciary handling child abuse and neglect cases, a member of the Children’s Commission or one of its committees, or another person with expertise in the subject matter area.
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