Other Training Opportunities
The Children's Commission supports a number of additional
Child Welfare Legal Specialist (CWLS)
The Children's Commission offers reimbursement of the Certification Exam fee for Texas attorneys and judges who qualify for and pass the Child Welfare Legal Specialist Exam (CWLS). Financial assistance is available for those Texas CWLS's who are applying for re-certification.
Additionally, financial assistance is available to Texas attorneys and judges who are seeking re-certification of their CWLS every five years.
For more information, please submit a request to Children@txcourts.gov
Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe (KITS) Conference
The Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe (KITS) conference is held in Houston each year. In 2016, the Children's Commission provided funding for a multi-disciplinary child abuse and neglect track which included content for attorneys representing children, parents, and DFPS, and child welfare professionals.
State Bar Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Committee
The State Bar of Texas’ Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Committee supports legal and public education to improve professionalism and to ameliorate child abuse and neglect.
The CAN Committee’s stated purpose is to study and evaluate child abuse and neglect issues; define the legal profession's role in working to ameliorate the problem; mobilize the legal profession in the fight against child abuse and neglect through legal education and professional development; educate the public about legal and social problems relating to abuse and neglect of children; and to serve as a resource and forum for discussion of proposed legislation relating to child abuse and neglect.
The Committee supported the creation of a Child Welfare Law Specialty as proposed and developed by the Children’s Commission, and members of the Committee also served in various capacities in the development of the new specialty. The Supreme Court approved the creation of the new specialty on February 14, 2017. A CAN subcommittee has been formed to explore creating a Child Welfare Law Section when the new specialty is fully implemented.
The CAN Committee develops and presents the annual one-day Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop at the Advanced Family Law Course. The Committee also provides assistance to annual interdisciplinary training, the Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe Conference (KITS) each summer.
Texas CASA Training Grant: Collaborative Family Engagement and Family Finding
After the success of the five-year federally funded Diligent Recruitment project, Texas CASA approached the 84th Legislature and was appropriated funding for a two-year Family Finding collaboration between CASA and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). CFE is an integrated or embedded approach that establishes a true team between CASA and CPS to work together to complete the steps of Family Finding. For FY2017-2018, TexasCASA will launch additional pilot programs in the following areas:
- CASA of Hidalgo County / Edinburg, Serving Hidalgo County
- CASA of Tarrant County / Ft. Worth, Serving Tarrant County
- CASA of Liberty / Chambers Counties / Liberty, Serving Chambers
- CASA of Hood & Somervell Counties / Granbury, Serving Hood
- CASA of Johnson County / Cleburne, Serving Johnson County
- CASA-Hope for Children / Weatherford, Serving Palo Pinto and Parker Counties
Added in FY2018
- CASA for the Cross Timbers Area / Serving Stephenville
- CASA of Central Texas / Serving New Braunfels
- CASA of Collin County / Serving McKinney
- CASA of El Paso / Serving El Paso
- CASA of Navarro County / Serving Corsicana
- CASA of North Texas / Serving Gainesville
- CASA of West Texas / Serving Midland
- CASA of Williamson County / Serving Georgetown
- Golden Crescent CASA / Serving Victoria
- CASA of Brazos Valley / Voices for Children / Serving Bryan
For more on Collaborative Family Engagement, please visit the TexasCASA webpage.
Texas Center for the Judiciary
The Texas Center for the Judiciary is a nonprofit organization that provides specialized judicial education and training opportunities for active, retired, and former Texas appellate, district, and county court at law judges as well as associate judges and court personnel. The Texas Center is designated by the Court of Criminal Appeals as the official registrar of continuing judicial education. The mission of the Texas Center, Judicial Excellence Through Education, is exemplified by providing strong leadership in education and training so that a qualified and knowledgeable judiciary and staff may administer justice with fairness, efficiency, and integrity.
The Children's Commission partners with TCJ as the administrator of the annual Child Welfare Judges Conference (CWJC) and other