Judicial Education 

Bench Book

The online version of the Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book is available by clicking on the link below. If you are a Texas judge responsible for hearing CPS cases and interested in receiving a hard copy of the Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book, please contact the Children's Commission at

Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book 

Bench Book 2015

Child Welfare Judicial Conference (CWJC)

The annual Child Welfare Judges Conference is held each year in partnership with the Texas Center for the Judiciary. The most recent and 9th annual conference was held August 17-19, 2015 in Austin. Agenda topics for this Texas-specific conference included:

  • 84th Legislature Update
  • Creating a Culture of Permanency
  • Children's Well-Being
  • Human Trafficking
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • DFPS Panel
  • Third-Party Intervenors and Court Orders
  • Reasonable Efforts
  • Child Fatalities
  • Child Support

The next CWJC will be held November 14-16, 2016 in Austin. 

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Conference 

The Children's Commission funds limited scholarships for qualifying judges to the annual conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). The 79th annual conference will be held July 17-20, 2016 in Monterey, CA.

The application for scholarships is now open and must be received no later than April 15. For more information on how to apply, please link here.  

For conference information, please visit

Past Summits and Conferences

Beyond the Bench Book

Education and Foster Care Summit

Implicit Bias in Judicial Decision-Making

Permanency Summit

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   Physical Address
    Children’s Commission
Supreme Court Building
201 W. 14th Street, Room 104
Austin, TX 78701
   Mailing Address
    Children’s Commission
P.O. Box 12248
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-5384
(512) 463-8895