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 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 TexasBarCLE Child Abuse and Neglect one-day Workshop will be held via webcast on August 5, 2020, with video replays available thereafter.

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.

2020 Dates and Locations:

The 2020 TexasBarCLE Child Abuse and Neglect One-Day Track is currently scheduled  as a virtual CLE on August 5, 2020, with two video replays held via webcast on October 2, 2020 and October 23, 2020. 

One-day CAN Workshop

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - Course will now be webcast

Two video replays will be held on the following dates via webcast.

Webcast Replay – Friday, October 2, 2020

 

Webcast Replay – Friday, October 23, 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, judicial applicants must hear civil child welfare cases. Additionally, all applicants must agree to participate in the virtual training and complete a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission. 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.

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

Cancellation Policy:

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.

The application for this scholarship is now closed.

The NCJFCJ 83rd Annual Conference will be held virtually on July 19-22, 2020. More information about the conference is available on the NCJFCJ website. The Children’s Commission is offering a limited number of scholarships for qualifying Texas judges to attend the virtual conference. This year’s conference will feature plenary sessions on family law, juvenile justice, child welfare, and family violence, as well as breakout sessions featuring practical and innovative solutions on these same topics. 

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must hear civil child welfare cases. Additionally, all applicants must agree to participate in the virtual training and complete a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission. 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 August 28, 2020. Preference is given to judges who have larger percentages of their docket dedicated to child welfare cases. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is noon on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

Early applications are strongly encouraged due to the limited number of applications and this year’s brief application period. Please note that applications cannot be submitted on Friday, July 3, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance on the Survey Monkey website. In order to be considered, applications must be submitted by the deadline stated above.

The scholarship takes the form of waived registration fees. The Children’s Commission will work with NCJFCJ to register awardees directly. Awardees do not need to register themselves for the conference.

If you are selected to receive a scholarship, the Children’s Commission will notify you by Wednesday, July 8, 2020. For questions regarding the NCJFCJ judicial scholarships, please contact Monica Mahoney at monica.mahoney@txcourts.gov.

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 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.