Applications for Judicial Scholarships to the NCJFCJ 84th Annual Conference in St. Louis have now closed. Click on the dropdown menu below for more information.

If you have questions about scholarships to this year’s events, please email

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 will be held on July 18-21, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. This year’s conference will feature plenary sessions on family law, juvenile justice, child welfare, and family violence, as well as sessions highlighting innovative solutions and self-care. More information about the conference is available on the NCJFCJ website.

The Children’s Commission is offering a limited number of reimbursement scholarships to qualifying Texas judges to attend the in-person 84th Annual Conference. Please note, this is a reimbursement scholarship and confirmed awardees will be required to cover their expenses up front in order to attend. Please read below for scholarship criteria, logistics, and a link to apply.

Scholarship Criteria:

To be eligible for a scholarship from the Children’s Commission, applicants must hear civil child welfare cases. Additionally, all applicants must agree to complete a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission. Preference is given to judges who have larger percentages of their docket dedicated to child welfare cases. Early applications are strongly encouraged due to the limited number of scholarships. 

This scholarship takes the form of reimbursed registration fees and allowable conference-related expenses, such as travel, lodging, and meals, up to $2,000 total. Any additional expenses must be covered by the scholarship recipient.

Scholarship Notification and Travel Logistics:

If you are awarded a scholarship, the Children’s Commission will notify you on Monday, June 7, 2021. Awardees will need to register themselves for the conference and make their own travel arrangements, including hotel reservations. Confirmed scholarship awardees may submit for reimbursement upon return. Please note that the early bird registration rate ends on Friday, June 11th.

Please also note that NCJFCJ’s final date to cancel registration is July 10, 2021. Scholarship awardees will be responsible for monitoring the NCJFCJ’s cancellation policies and cancelling their own registration and travel plans in a timely manner, should they become unable to attend. The Children’s Commission will not offer reimbursement for those who incur costs and do not attend. More information on NCJFCJ’s cancellation policies is available under the Registration and Fees section on the conference webpage.

For information regarding eligible travel expenses for reimbursement, please review the Commission’s travel reimbursement guidelines. For questions regarding NCJFCJ judicial scholarships, please contact the Children's Commission at

Application Link and Deadline to Apply:

The application period closed on Friday, June 4, 2021. The Children's Commission will notify all applicants of their scholarship status no later than June 7, 2021.

State and National Certification Reimbursement

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

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