If you have 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 announcements via the Children’s Commission’s Resource Letters for Judges and Attorneys. To receive notice about scholarships to future conferences and trainings, please sign up to receive Resource Letters from the Children’s Commission.

The NCJFCJ 85th Annual Conference will be held on July 17-20, 2022 in Reno, Nevada. This conference generally features plenary sessions on family law, juvenile justice, child welfare, and family violence. More information about the conference is available on the NCJFCJ website.

The Children’s Commission is offering up to 13 reimbursement scholarships to qualifying Texas judges to attend the in-person 85th Annual Conference. Please note, this is a reimbursement scholarship and confirmed awardees will be required to cover their expenses up front in order to attend. Applications were accepted until midnight on Friday, April 29, 2022, and are now closed. Please read below for scholarship criteria and logistics.

Scholarship Criteria:

To be eligible for a scholarship from the Children’s Commission, applicants must hear civil child welfare cases. Preference is given to judges who have larger percentages of their docket dedicated to child welfare cases. Additionally, all applicants must agree to complete a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission. Early applications are strongly encouraged due to the limited number of scholarships. 

This scholarship takes the form of reimbursed registration fees and allowable conference-related expenses, such as travel, lodging, and meals, up to $2,100 total. Any additional expenses must be covered by the scholarship recipient.

Scholarship Notification and Travel Logistics:

If you are awarded a scholarship, the Children’s Commission will notify you by May 6, 2022. Awardees will need to register themselves for the conference and make their own travel arrangements, including hotel reservations. Confirmed scholarship awardees may submit for reimbursement of eligible expenses upon return. For information regarding eligible travel expenses, please review the Commission’s travel reimbursement guidelines.

Please also note the following important dates:

  • The early bird registration rate ends on June 24, 2022, and
  • NCJFCJ’s final date to cancel registration is July 8, 2022 with a $100 fee.

Scholarship awardees will be responsible for monitoring the NCJFCJ’s cancellation policies and cancelling their own registration and travel plans in a timely manner, should they become unable to attend. The Children’s Commission cannot offer reimbursement for those who incur costs and do not attend. More information on NCJFCJ’s cancellation policies is available under their Registration webpage.

All scholarship awardees are responsible for monitoring notices and emails from the event organizer. The Children’s Commission is not affiliated with the event and may not be aware of notices issued by the event organizer regarding cancellation policies, CLE notices and reporting rules, notices or policies regarding COVID-19, etc.

For questions regarding this scholarship, please contact the Children's Commission at CCscholarships@txcourts.gov.

Application Link and Deadline to Apply:

Applications were accepted until midnight on Friday, April 29, 2022, and are now closed.

The 2022 TexasBarCLE Advanced Family Law Course is scheduled for August 8-11, 2022, in San Antonio. The one-day Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Workshop will be held on Wednesday August 10, 2022. More information is available on the TexasBarCLE website.

The registration fee for the Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop is waived for Texas judges by TexasBarCLE. Judges who wish to attend the Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop should contact TexasBarCLE directly.

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 Red Book”). The Red Book Training is designed to prepare attendees for the NACC Child Welfare Law Specialist certification exam.  

The NACC’s 45th National Child Welfare Law Conference is scheduled in two formats this year:  in person on August 22-24, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland, and virtually on September 21-23, 2022. A pre-conference session is also scheduled for August 21, 2022. More information is available on the NACC Conference website.

TexasBarCLE and the Child Protection Law Section of the State Bar of Texas hosted the 4th Annual Advanced Child Protection Law (CPL) Course on March 24-25, 2022 in Houston, Texas with webcast replay on April 26-27, 2022. For more information, please visit the Child Protection Law Section web page.

The registration fee for the Workshop is waived for Texas judges by TexasBarCLE. Judges wishing to attend the CPL Course should contact TexasBarCLE directly.

State Certification Reimbursement

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