Children's Commission 10 Year Anniversary Brochure

CC 10 Year Timeline


ABA Child Law Practice, August 2015, The Texas Blueprint- A Model for Improving School Experiences for Children in Foster Care 

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85th Legislative Session: Changes to the Legal System  

Executive Director Tina Amberboy and staff attorney Jamie Bernstein provide an update for Texas CASAs regarding changes to child protection law since the 85th Legislative Session. 

Changes to Educational Services for Texas Foster Youth

THECB Tuition and Fee Waiver

The tuition and fee waiver in the Texas Education Code offers eligible young adults the opportunity to attend any Texas public institution of higher education without the payment of tuition and fees. In response to a concern that the process to activate the waiver is difficult, the Foster Care and Education Postsecondary Education Workgroup created the “Foster Care College Tuition & Fee Waiver Process” map.

A short video entitled “THECB Tuition and Fee Waiver” was also created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in partnership with Sam Houston State University, DFPS, and the Postsecondary workgroup. The video clarifies the eligibility criteria for the state tuition and fee waiver and explains how the waiver can be utilized in Texas.

Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Children and Youth in Foster Care

Following the Trauma-Informed Care survey and report issued last year by Texas CASA, the Children’s Commission, in partnership with Texas CASA and the Shield Ayers Foundation, created a one-hour training to help introduce trauma-informed care to Attorneys ad Litem, Guardians ad Litem and CASA volunteers. The presentation includes strategies for advocating for children in courtrooms, schools, and placements to meet each child’s unique needs. There is also discussion about how trauma influences a child’s ability to communicate about the case and how to appropriately respond to a child's trauma-related behaviors. This training was recorded in front of a live audience at the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse on September 27, 2016, and was presented by Elizabeth Watkins, JD, Regional Attorney for the Department of Family and Protective Services. 

PowerPoint Presentation: Trauma-Informed Advocacy

Note: One hour of MCLE credit is available for this on-demand presentation. Please email for more information.

Beyond the Bench: Law, Justice, and Communities Summit

Texas' two highest courts, the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, spearheaded the Beyond the Bench: Law, Justice, and Communities Summit on December 14, 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The Summit brought together Texas judges, law-enforcement officers, and national, state, and community leaders with the objective of strengthening trust and confidence in our justice system.

The Beyond the Bench Toolkit was created to offer assistance in planning similar convenings and to inspire continued conversation about this important issue. The Toolkit includes video and details from the event, and is now available for print.

Beyond the Bench YouTube Playlist 

Children's Commission Video

This 12-minute video describes the mission and goals of the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families.

Speak UP! Foster Youth in Court 

United Families 

Families Are the Proof: Hidalgo Foundation showcases the Bexar County Children's Court.