The Supreme Court of Texas 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 affecting child welfare.

Resource Letter for Judges & Attorneys

The Children’s Commission distributes a Resource Letter for judges and attorneys handling child welfare cases to inform legal practitioners of training and scholarship opportunities and to relay pertinent child welfare-related information about emerging, relevant, and changing policy, laws, practice, and training opportunities that are of interest to attorneys handling CPS cases. 

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Recent Publications

Top 10 Things to Know About Education for Children in Foster Care in Residential Treatment Centers

Sam and the Search for Spots: How Your Lawyer Can Help You

Dual Status Task Force Final Report

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Quick Links

On-Demand MCLE: Judicial Trauma Institute

Mediation in Child Protection Cases Round Table Report

Task Force on Court-Appointed Legal Representation Final Report

MCLE for attorneys

Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care

Webcast: Qualified Residential Treatment Program Legal Requirements

Children’s Commission Executive Director, Jamie Bernstein, DFPS Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) Lead, Texas Flowers-Moffett, and DFPS QRTP Specialist, Tiffani Tillman provided an overview of the QRTP model, the QRTP placement review process, and the required legal findings that must be made in court in relation to QRTP placements The recorded webcast was approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit.

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