Attorney Scholarships to National and State CLE Conferences

The Children's Commission regularly offers scholarships to qualifying attorneys to cover the registration fee and occasionally other related expenses to attend several national and state conferences.

Generally, to meet the criteria for all scholarships, the applicant must:

  • be currently representing DFPS or taking appointments on a CPS docket;
  • be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas;
  • be in good standing with their appointing or presiding judge; and
  • commit to completing a post-event survey, in addition to the pre-event survey portion contained in the scholarship application of their choice.

Please note that attorneys may apply for one of the national conferences (ABA or NACC) and still be eligible for a Children’s Commission scholarship to the state conference (State Bar of Texas’ Child Abuse and Neglect Track).

Preference may be given to attorneys who have not received scholarships from the Children’s Commission in the past 1-2 years. Other considerations include, but are not limited to, geographic diversity of scholarship recipients and whether the applicant has support from his or her presiding or appointing judge.

American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Children and the Law’s Parent Attorney Conference and Children and the Law Conference – These conferences are held every other year and bring together experienced child and parent attorneys, foster alumni, parents, judges, child welfare agency representatives, and other key stakeholders to receive not only substantive training, but also tips for returning to their home states to work on ways to improve the quality of legal representation for children and parents.The next ABA conferences will be held in 2017. 

Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Track at the annual State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Family Law (AFL) Conference – The AFL conference offers a day-long Child Abuse and Neglect training each year during the annual State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Conference. This track covers current topics of interest to Texas attorneys who practice on the CPS docket. The Advanced Family Law CLE 1-Day CAN track will be held live in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday August 3, 2016 with upcoming video replays in Dallas on September 23, 2016 and South Padre Island on October 21, 2016.

This application for scholarships is now open.

Please note that the closing date for scholarship applications to this conference is May 2nd. The deadline has been extended through June 3, 2016. To apply, please link here.  

For more conference information about the 1-Day CAN CLE, please see the CAN Conference Brochure.

National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) Annual Child Welfare Law Conference – The NACC annual conference offers nationally known expert speakers on multi-disciplinary topics related to legal representation in child abuse and neglect cases. The 2016 conference will be held August 12-14 in Philadelphia.  Please note that Children’s Commission scholarships will be limited to those Texas attorneys and judges who have received their CWLS from the NACC or those who have been approved to take the CWLS examination. The scholarships will cover registration and a travel stipend of $250. For more information about the conference, please visit

This application for scholarships is now open.  

Qualifying attorneys should contact Daniel Trujillo at no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

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.

This 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

Applicants with questions are welcome to email the Children’s Commission at

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