Information about scholarships will be available on this webpage and also through the Children’s Commission’s Resource Letter for Judges and Attorneys. To receive notice about scholarships to future conferences and trainings, please subscribe below:
The Children's Commission regularly offers scholarships to attorneys to attend state and national conferences. Scholarships typically reimburse attorneys for conference registration fees, and occasionally, for travel-related expenses.
Generally, to meet the criteria for all scholarships, the applicant must:
- currently represent DFPS or currently receive appointments on a child welfare docket;
- be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas;
- be in good standing with their primary or appointing judge; and
- commit to completing and timely submitting a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission, in addition to the pre-event survey portion contained in the Commission scholarship application of their choice.
Preference may be given to attorneys who have not received scholarships from the Children’s Commission within the past 2 years. Other considerations include, but are not limited to, the percentage of an attorney’s law practice devoted to child welfare cases and whether the applicant has support from their primary or appointing judge.
For all scholarships, the Children's Commission determines scholarship criteria and deploys an application process that includes pre- and post-conference evaluations to identify or confirm the knowledge gained from the training, new practices which awardees plan to implement, and/or a current practice which they plan to change. Surveys also inquire about additional topics of interest to help inform planning for future training.
Please visit the sections below for more information on state and national conferences in child welfare. Please note, the Children’s Commission may not offer scholarships to every training listed. For questions about scholarships to this year’s events, please email CCScholarships@txcourts.gov.