The 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:

  • be currently representing DFPS or taking 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 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, geographic diversity of scholarship recipients and whether the applicant has support from his or her 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, please email Monica.Mahoney@txcourts.gov.

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

The 3rd Annual Advanced Child Protection Law Course previously scheduled for March 26-27, 2020 has been cancelled.

For more information, please visit the Child Protection Law Section web page.

The 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’s next National Conferences will be held in November 2021. For more information, please visit the ABA National Conferences web page.

The application for this scholarship is now closed.

The 2020 TexasBarCLE Advanced Family Law Course's Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) one-day Workshop will premiere virtually on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 as a live webcast. This year, the Children’s Commission is offering registration scholarships to qualified attorneys for the webcast replays of the one-day CAN Workshop, which are currently scheduled on October 2 and October 23, 2020. Please note, this year's scholarships do not include the live webcast on August 5, 2020.

Please read below for more information on this scholarship opportunity and how to apply.

2020 Dates and Locations:

The 2020 TexasBarCLE Advanced Family Law Course's Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) one-day Workshop will be held virtually on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 as a live webcast, with webcast replays currently scheduled on October 2 and October 23, 2020. For more information, please see the CAN Workshop Brochure. For questions regarding the event, please contact TexasBarCLE.

One-day CAN Workshop

August 5, 2020

This course will be presented as a live webcast. Please note, this year’s scholarships from the Children’s Commission do not include the live webcast on August 5th.

 

Two webcast replays will be held on the following dates. This year, the Children’s Commission will only offer scholarships to the webcast replays listed below.

Webcast Replay – Friday, October 2, 2020

Webcast Replay – Friday, October 23, 2020

 

Scholarship Criteria:

This $125 registration scholarship is limited to 75 qualifying attorneys who are viewing replays of the one-day CAN Workshop, which is part of the full 2020 Advanced Family Law Course. This scholarship takes the form of a waived registration fee for the replay of the CAN Workshop only. Applicants should note that the Children’s Commission is not able to reimburse attorneys who pay the State Bar of Texas directly for the Advanced Family Law Course or for the CAN Workshop.

Applicants must currently represent DFPS or take appointments on a CPS docket, be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and with their primary judge, and commit to completing a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission. Judges with applicants from their jurisdiction will be notified by the Children’s Commission and asked to confirm that the applicant currently represents DFPS or takes appointments on their CPS docket.

Attendance and Cancellation Policy:

This scholarship is funded by a federal grant. The Children's Commission is responsible for reporting virtual conference attendance in order to support the grant expenses. All applicants will be asked to acknowledge these requirements and agree to attend the  webcast replay on the scheduled date or to complete the replay viewing within one month from the date of the event. For example, if awarded a scholarship for the October 2, 2020 webcast replay, the awardee agrees to view the live webcast on October 2 or complete the replay within a month of the live webcast, which is no later than November 2, 2020.

 

Please note, this scholarship application will close at midnight on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

The application for this scholarship is now closed.

The Children’s Commission is offering registration scholarships to qualified attorneys and judges for the National Association of Counsel for Children’s (NACC) 43rd National Child Welfare Law Virtual Conference. Please read below for more information on this scholarship opportunity and how to apply.

2020 Dates and Location:

The NACC’s 43rd National Child Welfare Law Virtual Conference is scheduled for August 24-28, 2020. To find out more about the topics and speakers, please link to the NACC website.

Scholarship Criteria:

The Children’s Commission is offering scholarships to 33 qualified attorneys and judges to cover registration costs for the virtual conference. Registration fees will be paid directly to the NACC for each recipient, and the NACC will register all Commission scholarship awardees. Awardees will be notified about the registration process.

To meet the criteria for a scholarship, attorney applicants must currently represent DFPS or take appointments on the CPS docket, be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and with their appointing or presiding judge, and commit to completing a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission. Additionally, qualifying attorneys must be supported by their presiding or appointing judge. Judges with applicants from their jurisdiction will be notified by the Children’s Commission and asked to respond regarding the applicant(s)’s suitability for the NACC scholarship.

Scholarships are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are filled. Early applications are encouraged.

Attendance and Cancellation Policy:

This scholarship is funded by a federal grant. The Children's Commission is responsible for reporting virtual conference attendance in order to support the grant expenses. All applicants will be asked to acknowledge these requirements and agree to attend either the live webcast of the conference or complete the replay prior to September 28, 2020.

If awarded a scholarship, awardees must notify the Children's Commission of any reasons for cancellation before August 15, 2020 to prevent the Commission from incurring any financial penalty for the cancellation.

Please note, this scholarship application will close at midnight on Monday, July 27, 2020.

Attorney Scholarships for State and National Certifications

The Children’s Commission offers financial support to those attorneys and judges seeking certification as a National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) Child Welfare Legal Specialist (CWLS) by way of a reimbursement scholarship for their application fee or exam fee for those applicants who successfully pass their CWLS exam. The scholarship is funded by the Children’s Commission and administered by the NACC. Texas attorneys and judges interested in becoming CWLS certified will pay their CWLS application fee and exam fee to NACC. The NACC will issue scholarship reimbursements directly to Texas attorneys and judges after they successfully complete the exam and receive certification. A discount is also available for those current CWLS who choose to recertify.

Please note the following details regarding CWLS certification:

  1. For those attorneys who applied prior to 2018 and paid the application fee but received a scholarship from NACC or a source other than the Children's Commission to cover the $350 exam fee, Children's Commission funding can reimburse the $300 application fee once certification has been awarded.
  2. For those attorneys who applied prior to 2018 and paid the exam fee but received a scholarship from NACC or a source other than the Children's Commission to cover the $300 application fee, Children's Commission funding can reimburse the $350 exam fee once certification has been awarded.
  3. Judges who applied between January 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019, and are certified by September 30, 2019, are eligible to be reimbursed 75% of their CWLS combined application fee once awarded certification.

Recertification is required every five years. The recertification process is identical to the initial application process, minus the writing sample and exam. Texas attorneys and judges who are re-certified by September 30, 2019, are eligible to be reimbursed 60% of their recertification fee.

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