The Children's Commission regularly offers scholarships to qualifying attorneys to attend state and national conferences. Scholarships are typically in the form of reimbursement to 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 be actively receiving 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 contained in the relevant Commission scholarship application.

Preference may be given to attorneys who have not received scholarships from the Children’s Commission in the past 1-2 years. Other considerations may 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 utilizes 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, please email CCScholarships@txcourts.gov.

Information on scholarships will be available on this webpage and also through the Children’s Commission’s Resource Letters for Judges and Attorneys. To receive notice about scholarships to future conferences and trainings, please sign up to receive Resource Letters from the Children’s Commission.

Scholarships

The Texas District and County Attorney’s Association (TDCAA) and Children’s Commission collaborated to create the “Fundamentals of Child Welfare Law” online course in January 2022. This six-part online course is designed for less-experienced child welfare prosecutors and covers the fundamental skills needed for prosecutors assigned to represent DFPS, from pretrial to final outcome of a child welfare case. More information about the course is available on the TDCAA website.

Scholarship information for this conference will be announced through our Resource Letters and posted on this webpage the last week of November 2022. Please check back at that time for details and a link to apply.

TexasBarCLE and the Child Protection Law Section of the State Bar of Texas host the Annual Advanced Child Protection Law (CPL) Course each year. The 5th Annual CPL Course will be held on March 23-24, 2023 in Houston, Texas. For more information and updates, please visit the Child Protection Law Section web page.

Scholarship information for this conference will be announced through our Resource Letters and posted on this webpage in mid-January 2023. Please check back at that time for details and a link to apply.

The Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) will host the 2023 Crimes Against Children Conference on April 11-14, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas. As in years past, the conference will feature a two-day child welfare track on April 13-14, 2023. For more information and updates, please visit the TDCAA website.

Scholarship information for this conference will be announced through our Resource Letters and posted on this webpage in mid-January 2023. Please check back at that time for details and a link to apply.

Each year, the TexasBarCLE hosts the Advanced Family Law Course, which includes the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) one-day Workshop. The 2023 CAN Workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2023. For more information and updates, please visit the TexasBarCLE website.

Scholarship information for this conference will be announced through our Resource Letters and posted on this webpage the first week of May 2023. Please check back at that time for details and a link to apply.

The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) will host the 46th National Child Welfare Law Conference on August 10-12, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NACC will also offer an online-only conference on September 20-22, 2023. More information about the past conference and the upcoming conference is available on the NACC website.

Scholarship information for this conference will be announced through our Resource Letters and posted on this webpage the first week of May 2023. Please check back at that time for details and a link to apply.

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Center on Children and the Law typically hosts two national conferences every other year in Washington, D.C. 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.

The next conferences will be held in Spring 2024. For more information, please visit the ABA National Conferences web page.

State Certification Reimbursement

For more information, please visit the Texas Board of Specialization webpage.