If you have questions about scholarships to this year’s events, please email Monica Mahoney at monica.mahoney@txcourts.gov.

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

This year’s live State Bar of Texas Child Abuse and Neglect one-day Workshop will be held on August 4, 2021 in San Antonio, with video replays available thereafter in other major Texas cities.

For more information, please see the TexasBarCLE website.

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

The NACC’s 44th National Child Welfare Law Conference will be held in a dual-format this year: on site in Denver, Colorado on August 14-15, 2021 and virtually on August 16-18, 2021. More information is available on the NACC website.

The Children’s Commission hopes to announce the application process for scholarships to this event soon. Please look for announcements from the Children’s Commission in our Resource Letters and check back here for updates.

If you do not currently receive announcements from the Children’s Commission, please link here to sign up today!

The NCJFCJ 84th Annual Conference is currently scheduled for July 18-21, 2021. More information about the conference is available on the NCJFCJ website.

The Children’s Commission hopes to announce the application process for scholarships to this event soon. Please look for announcements from the Children’s Commission through our Resource Letters and check back here for updates.

Judicial 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 partial reimbursement of their application fee for those applicants who successfully pass their CWLS exam. A discount is also available for those current CWLS who choose to recertify.

Please note the following details regarding CWLS certification:

  • Attorneys and judges will be required to pay the application fee in order to take the exam. Due to the confidential nature of the application process, verification from NACC of applicant information is not available. After examination results are published, those who become Child Welfare Law Specialists will be eligible to receive reimbursement of 75% of their examination fee from the Children’s Commission. The reimbursement form can be found here.

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. After successfully becoming recertified, Texas attorneys and judges can return to this page to complete and return the reimbursement form and request reimbursement of 75% of their CWLS recertification fee from the Children's Commission.

For more information about becoming a CWLS and related recertification, please visit the NACC webpage. Please email any questions to CCScholarships@txcourts.gov.

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