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All Commission activities are funded by the federal Court Improvement Program (CIP), a grant that is awarded to the highest court in each state for the improvement of courts' handling of child abuse and neglect cases. CIP grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF). 

Commission business is conducted primarily through its five standing committees – Systems Improvement, Legal Practice & Process, Data, Training, and Dual Status Task Force – as well as through other ad hoc committees such as the Legislative and Strategic Planning committees. Each committee is chaired by a Commissioner and members are drawn from the Commission, Collaborative Council, and others in the child protection community.

Committees oversee and monitor Commission projects, including the work of subcommittees and workgroups. In September 2019, the Children’s Commission restructured its standing committees to more accurately align them with the projects under each committee’s purview.

Please link below for more information about each committee.


Data Committee

The Data Committee supports the Children’s Commission’s data efforts and oversees the analysis of publicly available child welfare data to identify judicial processes and practices that produce desired outcomes, as well as which practices need improvement.

Additional information about a specific workgroup or project is available for the following:

  • Data Analyst

Dual Status Task Force

The Dual Status Task Force (DSTF) primarily focuses on promoting effective judicial practices and identifying gaps and strengths in policies and practices that support youth involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.


Legal Practice & Process

The Legal Practice & Process (LPP) Committee helps courts, judges, and legal advocates ensure that children and families involved with child welfare experience a legal system in which they have meaningful access to justice and their rights are protected.

Additional information about a specific workgroup or project is available for the following:

  • Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book
  • Child Welfare Law Specialists & Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Family Helpline
  • Legal Representation
  • Mediation
  • Notice & Engagement
  • Parent Resources
  • Specialty Courts
  • Standards of Representation

Systems Improvement

The Systems Improvement (SI) Committee focuses on broad, statewide projects that help strengthen courts for children, youth, and families as well as expand court and child welfare system capacity to support systemic improvement and prevent children from entering foster care.

Additional information about a specific workgroup or project is available for the following:

  • Child Protection Courts & CPC Case Management System (CPCMS)
  • Disproportionality
  • Foster Care & Education
  • Human Trafficking
  • Judicial Workgroup Addressing Disproportionality
  • Specialty Courts
  • Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care (SCTIC)
  • Tribal/State Collaborative
  • Youth Voice & Normalcy

Training Committee

The Training Committee continues to oversee training efforts that promote judicial leadership, identify and promote best practices to improve outcomes, and establish a well-informed judiciary and bar that prevents removal to foster care and ensures the well-being of children and families while in care.

Additional information about a specific workgroup or project is available for the following:

  • Attorney Education
  • Child Protection Courts
  • Judicial Education
  • Resource Letters
  • Scholarships
  • Trial Skills Training