Informational letters and announcements concerning items of interest to the judiciary on child welfare matters (such as training events) are routinely issued by the Children's Commission. Recent JIR communique is archived below.

Information provided by the Children’s Commission should not be read as a commentary by the Supreme Court of Texas or any other court. The Children’s Commission website is not equipped to facilitate dialogue or conversation about matters related to the information in this communique. 

JIRs are listed by topic below: 

This is a list of the most recent JIR letters and announcements: 

11/17/17 Request for Assistance with Children's Commission Mediator Survey

11/10/17 Supreme Court Emergency Order and Applicability of Family Code Section 263.401

11/3/17 Trial Skills MCLE Now Available in the TexasBar CLE Online Classroom

10/20/17 Website Update and Children's Commission Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary 

9/29/17 Reminder of Upcoming MCLEs and Related Discounts

9/15/17 Announcing Rescheduled Live MCLE on Trial Skills: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

9/8/17 Undocumented Caregivers in Texas

9/5/17 Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Order Affecting Child Protection Cases

9/1/117 New Laws Effective 9/1; Scholarships for 2017 Texas CASA Conference; 2017 Legislative Update Now Available Online

8/31/17 Announcement: Message from the Department of Family Protective Services

8/28/17 Announcement: Upcoming MCLEs to be Rescheduled, New Date TBD

8/18/17 Education Considerations for the 2017 - 2018 School Year

8/16/17 Notification to Courts of New CASA Screening Procedure

8/4/17 Announcing Upcoming MCLE Webcasts on Trial Skills: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

7/21/17 2017 Child Protection Judicial Update: 85th Legislative Session

7/14/17 Child Protection Legislative Update:85th Legislative Session Webcast, July 24th 1:00-3:00 p.m.

7/2/17 Save the Date: 2017 Child Welfare Judicial Conference

6/16/17 Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) Child Welfare Law Certification Exam

5/1/17: Deadline Extended: Scholarship Opportunity for Child Abuse and Neglect Conference 1-Day Track and Video Replays

5/12/17: Best Practices for Residential Interventions for Youth and their Families: Resource Guide for Judges and Legal Partners with Involvement in the Children's Dependency Court System

4/28/17: The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Abduction in Cases Involving Battered Respondents: A Texas Bench Guide for State and Federal Court Judges

4/21/17: Texas Health Steps Medical Checkup

Bench Book for CPS Judges

Best Practices for Residential Interventions for Youth and their Families: Resource Guide for Judges and Legal Partners with Involvement in the Children's Dependency Court System

Beyond the Bench: Law, Justice, and Communities Summit

Court Hearing Practices and Court Costs

Definition of Home for Purposes of Removal to Foster Care

Engagement Efforts to Achieve Permanency

Foster Care and Human Trafficking

Free Spanish language interpretation available by telephone for some courts

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Abduction in Cases Involving Battered Respondents: A Texas Bench Guide for State and Federal Court Judges

ICWA Quick Reference Tools for State Courts

Implicit Bias in Judicial Decision-Making

The Importance of Youth Voice in Court Proceedings

Judicial Guide to Advocate for and Ensure Adequate Funding for Legal Representation in Child Protective Services Cases

Medical Care for Foster Youth

New Appellate Rules Applicable to Termination of Parental Rights or State as Managing Conservator

New Texas Case Law on Indian Child Welfare Act

Notice and Engagement Email Notification System Announcement

Ombudsman for Children and Youth in Foster Care

Parental Child Safety Placements, or PCSPs

Permanency Care Assistance Program, Part I-Basics

Permanency Care Assistance Program Part II- Follow Up

Permanency Care Assistance Program, Part III

Specificity in Court Orders

Texas Child Protection Specialty Courts

Unaccompanied Alien Children

Why It's Important to Consider the Indian Child Welfare Act

Youth Sex Offenders