Announcing 2019 Spring Scholarship Opportunities for Child Welfare Attorneys

The Children’s Commission will provide 30 registration scholarships to judges and qualified attorneys to the National Association of Counsel for Children’s Red Book Online Training Course, as well as offering reimbursement scholarships for the ABA’s 18th National Conference on Children and the Law: Access to Justice for Children and Families or the National Conference on Parent Representation.

Interested attorneys are welcome to apply for a scholarship to the NACC’s online training and/or one of the ABA conferences. Greater detail about each scholarship is provided below.

The closing date for scholarship applications to both conferences is midnight on Friday, February 15, 2019.

**Note: The application period for the NACC Red Book Online Training, ABA Conference for Children and the Law, and ABA National Conference on Parent Representation are now closed


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, 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. 

The newly-formed Child Protection Law Section of the State Bar of Texas is offering a two-day CLE entitled “Second Annual Advanced Child Protection Law Course” on March 28 and 29, 2019. This training will cover current topics of interest to Texas attorneys who practice on the CPS docket.

Dates and Locations:

The 2nd Annual Advanced Child Protection Law Course will be held at the Crowne Plaza Dallas – Market Center, 7050 N. Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75247.  The event will convene from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Thursday, March 28, 2019, and again on 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday, March 29, 2019.

For more information, please link here:  https://childprotectionlawtx.com/events/2nd-annual-advanced-child-protection-law-cle/.

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.

Dates and Locations:

The 18th National Conference on Children and the Law: Access to Justice for Children and Families is scheduled for April 9-10, 2019 in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. For the conference agenda and more information, please visit the ABA National Conferences webpage at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/child_law/national-conferences/.

The National Conference on Parent Representation will be held on April 11-12, 2019, also in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. For the conference agenda and more information, please visit the ABA National Conferences webpage at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/child_law/national-conferences/.

The location for both conferences is:

Ritz Carlton Tyson’s Corner
1700 Tysons Boulevard
McLean, VA  22102


Scholarship Criteria:

The Children’s Commission will provide ten total scholarships to qualified attorneys in the form of reimbursement of up to $1,250 for the conference registration fee and eligible conference-related travel expenses for either the 18th National Conference on Children and the Law: Access to Justice for Children and Families  on April 9-10, 2019 or the National Conference on Parent Representation on April 11-12, 2019. The Children’s Commission will be providing five reimbursement scholarships to each National Conference on a first-come, first served basis, until all ten spots are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Here is a link to the Children’s Commission scholarship application for the ABA National Conferences: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019ABAScholarhship

To meet the criteria for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • currently represent DFPS or take appointments on the CPS docket,
  • be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas,
  • be supported by their primary judge (or by a professional reference if the applicant has a newly elected judge as of January 1, 2019), and
  • commit to completing a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission.

Judges with applicants from their jurisdiction (or professional references as set forth above) will be notified by the Children’s Commission and asked to respond with a statement of support for the scholarship for each applicant.

This scholarship application will close at midnight on Friday, February 15, 2019

**Note: The application period for scholarships to attend the ABA Parent, and ABA Children's Conference is now closed. 

2019 Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Track at the annual State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Family Law (AFL) Conference 

The AFL Course offers a day-long Child Abuse and Neglect Track each year 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.

This year’s live State Bar of Texas Child Abuse and Neglect One-Day Track will be held on August 14, 2019, in San Antonio, with video replays available in other major Texas cities. 

More information on scholarships from the Children’s Commission to attend the 2019 Child Abuse and Neglect Track will be announced in late Spring 2019.  Please check back here for exact dates and venues for the live MCLE and for the ensuing video replays, as well as the scholarship application.

The Children’s Commission offers financial support to those attorneys and 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 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 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:

  • Attorneys who applied prior to January 1, 2018, are eligible for the $350 exam fee reimbursement OR the $300 application fee reimbursement once awarded certification.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Attorneys 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.

Please note the following details regarding CWLS recertification: 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.

The 2019 NACC Annual Conference is scheduled for August 26-28, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The pre-conference Red Book Training course is scheduled for August 25, 2019.

This one-day pre-conference training and the subsequent three-day training will convene a national community of multidisciplinary advocates for children, youth, and families and will cover a wide variety of topics.

More information on scholarships from the Children’s Commission to attend the 2019 NACC Annual Conference will be announced in late Spring 2019.

Please check back here for more information as well as the scholarship application.

The NACC Red Book Online Training Course is designed to cover the fundamentals of NACC’s legal treatise, Child Welfare Law and Practice, 3rd Edition (aka the Red Book) in a convenient and accessible format. This course will assist with preparations for those seeking certification as a Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) as well as provide a useful and practical child welfare law course covering material relevant to child, parent, and agency attorneys as well as judicial officers.  More information on the course is available on the NACC website at https://www.naccchildlaw.org/
page/RedBookTrainingCourse
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Dates and Locations:

The Spring 2019 NACC Red Book Online Training Course will consist of seven, 60-to-90-minute webinars delivered live between March 13, 2019, and June 5, 2019. Each session is delivered with opportunities for questions and interaction and is also recorded and available on-demand for viewing at the participant’s convenience throughout the course.

Scholarship Criteria:

The Children’s Commission will provide scholarships to thirty qualified attorneys and judges in the form of waived registration fees for the Spring 2019 NACC Red Book Online Training Course.

Here is a link to the Children’s Commission scholarship application for attorneys to the Spring 2019 NACC Red Book Online Training Course: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019RedBookOnline

To meet the criteria for this scholarship, the applicant 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.

 

Those applicants with a newly elected judge as of January 1, 2019, will be asked to provide a professional reference and information about contacting their primary judge’s court coordinator for these purposes. Preference may be given to applicants who have applied for the NACC’s CWLS exam.

The Children’s Commission will be providing scholarships to this Red Book Online Training course on a first-come, first served basis, until all 30 spots are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

This scholarship application will close at midnight on Friday, February 15, 2019.

**Note: The application period for scholarships to participate in the Spring 2019 NACC Online Red Book Training is now closed.