Children's Commission regularly offers scholarships to qualifying attorneys to attend state and national conferences. Scholarships typically reimburse attorneys for conference registration fees, and occasionally, for travel-related expenses.

Generally, to meet the criteria for all scholarships, the applicant must:

  • currently represent DFPS or take appointments on a CPS docket;
  • be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas;
  • be in good standing with their appointing or presiding judge; and
  • commit to completing and timely submitting a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission, in addition to the pre-event survey portion contained in the Commission scholarship application of their choice.

Preference may be given to attorneys who have not received scholarships from the Children’s Commission in the past 1-2 years. Other considerations include, but are not limited to, the percentage of an attorney’s law practice devoted to child welfare cases and whether the applicant has support from their presiding or appointing judge.

For all scholarships, the Children's Commission determines scholarship criteria and deploys an application process that includes pre- and post-conference evaluations to identify or confirm the knowledge gained from the training, new practices which awardees plan to implement, and/or a current practice which they plan to change. Surveys also inquire about additional topics of interest to help inform planning for future training.

Please visit the sections below for more information on state and national conferences in child welfare. Please note, the Children’s Commission may not offer scholarships to every training listed. For questions about scholarships to this year’s events, please email CCScholarships@txcourts.gov.

Information on scholarships will be available on this webpage and also through the Children’s Commission’s Resource Letters for Judges and Attorneys. If you do not currently receive Resource Letters from the Children’s Commission, please link here to sign up today!

The 4th Annual Advanced Child Protection Law Course will be held in March 2022 in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit the Child Protection Law Section web page.

Typically, the ABA’s Center on Children and the Law hosts two national conferences every other year. The National Conference on Children and the Law and the National Parent Attorney Conference bring together experienced child and parent attorneys, foster alumni, parents, judges, child welfare agency representatives, and other key stakeholders to receive not only substantive training, but also tips for returning to their home states to work on ways to improve the quality of legal representation for children and parents.

The Center has announced it will host both national conferences in 2022 in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia: the Access to Justice for Children and Families Conference is scheduled for April 5-6, 2022 and the National Parent Representation Conference is scheduled for April 7-8, 2022. For more information, please visit the ABA National Conferences web page.

Every year, the AFL Course offers a day-long Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Workshop during the annual State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law MCLE. This one-day training covers current topics of interest to Texas attorneys who practice on the CPS docket.

The 2022 AFL is scheduled for August 8-11, 2022 in San Antonio. The CAN Workshop is generally held on Wednesday during AFL, which would fall on August 10, 2022.

More information will be available on the TexasBarCLE website.

Each year, the NACC hosts a three-day training that convenes a national community of multidisciplinary advocates for children, youth, and families and usually covers a wide variety of topics. In most years, the conference also includes a one-day pre-conference training focused on the Red Book Training course, which covers the major competency areas based upon the NACC publication, Child Welfare Law and Practice (known as the “The Red Book”). The Red Book Training prepares attendees for the NACC Child Welfare Law Specialist certification exam.  

The NACC’s 45th National Child Welfare Law Conference is scheduled for August 22-24, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. A pre-conference session is also scheduled for August 21, 2022. More information is available on the NACC website.

State Certification Reimbursement

For more information, please visit the Texas Board of Specialization web page.