The ABA’s Center on Children and the Law will host two national conferences in 2024: the Access to Justice for Children and Families Conference and the National Parent Representation Conference. These conferences bring together experienced child and parent attorneys, youth formerly in foster care, 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.
Please read below for details about scholarships to attend one of these national conferences, criteria for applicants, and a link to apply.
This scholarship is now closed.
Dates and Locations:
The ABA Center on Children and the Law has announced it will host both national conferences in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. The Access to Justice for Children and Families Conference is scheduled for April 9-10, 2024, and the National Parent Representation Conference is scheduled for April 11-12, 2024. For more information, please visit the ABA National Conferences web page.
The location for both conferences is:
Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Boulevard
McLean, VA 22102
Scholarship Details and Criteria:
The Children’s Commission will provide up to ten reimbursement scholarships to attend one of the two national conferences above. The scholarship will be in the form of reimbursement of up to $1,500 for the conference registration fee and eligible conference-related travel expenses to attend one of the conferences. Applicants who meet all of the criteria detailed below will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis for a scholarship. Scholarships are limited and early applications are strongly encouraged.
To meet the criteria for this scholarship, the applicant must:
- currently represent DFPS or take appointments on a child welfare docket,
- be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas,
- be supported by their appointing or presiding judge, and
- commit to timely completion of a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission.
Judges with applicants from their jurisdiction will be notified by the Children’s Commission and asked to confirm that the applicant currently represents DFPS or takes appointments on their CPS docket.
This scholarship is funded by a federal grant, which is managed by the Supreme Court of Texas Children's Commission. The Children's Commission is responsible for reporting attendance in support of the grant expenses. All scholarship awardees will be expected to participate in the training and to provide detailed responses to a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission thereafter.
The number of scholarships for this event is limited. Awardees who can no longer participate or no longer need the scholarship in order to attend should notify the Children’s Commission in writing and with as much advance notice as possible so that the scholarship may be offered to another applicant. Please note that awardees who accept the scholarship and subsequently do not attend the training deprive another qualified attorney of the opportunity which may also disqualify the awardee from receiving a Commission scholarship in the future.
Application Link and Deadline to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until midnight on Friday, January 12, 2024. This scholarship is now closed.
Scholarship Notification and Logistics:
The Children’s Commission will notify awardees after the scholarship application period has ended and after we have verified your standing with the Bar and your eligibility with your primary judge. We hope to notify all applicants of their scholarship status by January 19, 2024.
Each scholarship awardee will receive up to $1,500 in reimbursement after the event to cover registration and eligible conference-related travel expenses. A reimbursement form will be provided to awardees and must be submitted to the Children’s Commission within 45 days of travel. For information regarding eligible travel expenses for reimbursement, please review the Commission’s travel reimbursement guidelines.
All scholarship awardees are responsible for securing their own registration, hotel, and travel plans, and awardees must cover these costs before the training. Confirmed scholarship awardees may submit for reimbursement upon return. Please note that the early bird registration rate for both ABA conferences ends on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.
Awardees are also responsible for cancelling their own registration and travel plans in a timely manner, should they become unable to attend. The Children’s Commission is not able to offer reimbursement for those who incur costs and do not attend. Please note that per the ABA, the final date to cancel registration is April 5, 2024. If cancelled by 04/5/2024, ABA will charge a $50 cancellation fee and refund the remainder.
All scholarship awardees are responsible for monitoring notices and emails from the event organizer.
The Children’s Commission is not affiliated with the event and may not be aware of notices issued by the event organizer regarding cancellation policies, CLE notices and reporting rules, notices or policies regarding COVID-19, etc. The Children’s Commission is not responsible for applying for or reporting out of state CLE credit to the State Bar of Texas on behalf of individual attendees.
ABA National Conferences web page