In 2018, the Children’s Commission provided funding through OCA to employ an Associate Judge and Court Coordinator to assist in handling child abuse and neglect cases filed in Dallas County Family Courts to promote achieving permanency for children in the Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC) of the Department of Family and Protective Services. The Dallas PMC Court began hearing cases in March 2019. At least 40 children have achieved permanency since the court’s inception and the judge dedicated to this docket has helped resolve issues facing youth who are aging out of the foster care system including high school equivalency programs, laptops, jobs, and vital documents. Perhaps most importantly, through meaningful dialogue and respectful engagement, the judge has created a court environment that empowers youth.

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