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The Supreme Court of Texas established the Children's Commission in 2007 with the overall goal of improving the child welfare system by increasing public awareness of challenges facing children and families involved in the child welfare system and bringing attention to this important issue through judicial leadership, reforming judicial practice, and informing policy affecting child welfare.

New! 2023 Texas Child Welfare Bench Book

The Children's Commission's 2023 Texas Child Welfare Law Bench Book is now available!

Rights of Incarcerated Parents In CPS Cases

The Children’s Commission Legal Representation Committee developed a poster as a resource highlighting the rights of incarcerated parents in a CPS case. This resource identifies basic rights in child welfare legal proceedings and explains how parents can participate in the case and in their child’s life, subject to the rules of the institution where they are incarcerated. The poster is available for PDF download below:

New Video Series: Understanding the Roles in a CPS Case Videos & Handouts

Texas CASA partnered with the Children’s Commission to develop new resources to explain the role of the professionals involved in a child welfare case. Five handouts and accompanying videos are available in both English and Spanish about the role of: 

  • The Judge
  • The Guardian ad Litem or CASA Volunteer
  • The Attorney ad Litem
  • The Parent’s Attorney
  • The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Attorney

Handouts and videos are available on the TexasCASA website.