The Children's Commission regularly offers scholarships to qualifying 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 take 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

TexasBarCLE will host the 2022 Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) one-day Workshop during the annual State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law MCLE. This one-day training covers current topics of interest to Texas attorneys who practice on the child welfare docket. More information is available on the TexasBarCLE website.

The Children’s Commission will provide up to 100 registration scholarships to qualified attorneys to attend the 2022 Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Workshop on one of the dates and locations listed below. Please read below for details about scholarships to attend the CAN Workshop, criteria for applicants, logistics, and a link to apply.

Dates and Locations:

The 2022 one-day CAN Workshop will be held live on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 as an in-person event in San Antonio, Texas with one virtual webcast replay on September 16, and three video replays which will be held in Dallas on September 23, in Houston on October 7, and in South Padre Island on October 14. More information is available on the current CAN Workshop Brochure.

Live CAN One-Day Workshop
August 10, 2022
Marriott Rivercenter 
101 Bowie Street 
San Antonio, TX 78205 

Webcast Replay (virtual option) 
September 16, 2022

Video Replays:

September 23, 2022 
NYLO Las Colinas Hotel
1001 West Royal Lane
Irving, TX 75039

October 7, 2022
Hilton Houston Westchase 
9999 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77042

October 14, 2022
Isla Grand Beach Resort 
500 Padre Boulevard 
S. Padre Island, TX 78597

Scholarship Details and Criteria:

This scholarship will be awarded in the form of waived registration fees ($125) to attend one of the CAN Workshop dates listed above. The scholarship covers registration for the CAN Workshop only and not the full Advanced Family Law Course which includes the CAN Workshop. The Children’s Commission is not able to reimburse attorneys who pay the State Bar of Texas directly for the CAN Workshop.

Applicants who meet all of the criteria detailed below will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis for a scholarship. To meet the criteria for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • currently represent DFPS or take court appointments on a child welfare docket,
  • be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas,
  • receive a letter of support from their primary or appointing judge, and
  • commit to completing 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.

Attendance Policy:

This event is hosted by the State Bar of Texas. This scholarship opportunity 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 applicants will be expected to participate in the training on the event date they selected in their application and to provide detailed responses to a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission thereafter.

Applicants to virtual trainings will be asked to verify their commitment to participate in the training in a timely manner to the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission. If awarded a scholarship, awardees will be asked to verify their attendance to virtual events.

Scholarship recipients to virtual trainings are required to participate and submit a completed post-event survey within 30 days of the event, regardless of any extended access to the training.

Awardees are required to notify the Children’s Commission in writing and in advance if they can no longer participate in their selected training or if they no longer need the registration scholarship. Please note that awardees who accept the scholarship and do not attend may deprive someone else of the opportunity to attend the training and may also disqualify the awardee from receiving a Commission scholarship in the future.

Application Link and Deadline to Apply:

The application period is now closed.

Scholarship Notification and Logistics:

This scholarship will be awarded in the form of waived registration fees. If you are awarded a scholarship, the Children’s Commission will notify you after the scholarship application period has ended and we have verified your standing with the Bar and your eligibility with your primary or appointing judge. We hope to notify all applicants of their scholarship status by mid-July.

The Children’s Commission will work with the State Bar to register all awardees directly. Awardees do not need to register themselves for the CAN Workshop date selected in their application. Please note that the Children’s Commission is not able to reimburse attorneys who pay the State Bar of Texas directly for the Workshop.

The registration scholarship will cover registration for the CAN Workshop only and not the full Advanced Family Law Course which includes the CAN Workshop.

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 NACC’s 45th National Child Welfare Law Conference is scheduled for August 22-24, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. This year’s in-person registration also includes registration to the second virtual agenda on September 21-23, 2022. More information about the dual conference registration and both agendas are available on the NACC website.

The Children’s Commission is offering up to 10 reimbursement scholarships to judges and qualifying attorneys to attend the in-person conference in Baltimore on August 22-24, 2022. The scholarship will take the form of reimbursement of up to $1,000 for the conference registration fee and eligible conference-related travel expenses to attend the NACC Conference. Please read below for scholarship criteria, logistics, the attendance and cancellation policies, and a link to apply. 

Dates and Locations:

This scholarship covers the in-person conference registration, which also includes registration to the second, virtual conference in September.

NACC 45th National Child Welfare Law Conference
In-Person Conference

August 22-24, 2022
Baltimore Marriot Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202, US
 

Virtual Conference (included with in-person registration)
September 21-23, 2022

See the NACC website for more information about dates, location, and hotel information for Baltimore.

Scholarship Details and Criteria:

This scholarship is intended for judges and attorneys who want to attend the in-person conference in Baltimore and require financial assistance in order to attend. The scholarship will cover registration costs and conference-related travel expenses to Baltimore for a total of up to $1,000. The funds will be used toward the dual conference registration ($450), with remaining funds available for reimbursement of eligible conference-related travel expenses following the event (up to $550), for a total of up to $1,000. The Children’s Commission will pay conference registration fees directly to NACC for each recipient, and NACC will register all Commission scholarship awardees.

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, 
  • receive a letter of support from their primary or appointing judge, and 
  • commit to timely completion of a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission. 
  • Please note, preference may be given to attorneys who did not receive a scholarship from the Children’s Commission within the past 12 months.

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, and asked to respond regarding the applicant’s suitability for the NACC scholarship (the applicant does not need to initiate the communication with their judge).

Attendance Policy:

This event is hosted by the NACC. This scholarship opportunity 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 in Baltimore on the event dates and to provide detailed responses to a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission thereafter.

Cancellation Policy:

This scholarship is intended for judges and attorneys who are interested in attending the in-person conference in Baltimore. If you are awarded a scholarship and then can no longer attend the conference in person, or no longer need the scholarship in order to attend, you must notify the Children’s Commission by July 29, 2022 so that we may cancel your registration without incurring any financial penalty.

Awardees who cancel their registration after July 29, 2022, causing the Children’s Commission to incur costs associated with their anticipated attendance, may be ineligible to receive any scholarship from the Children’s Commission for two years. Furthermore, the awardee’s managing attorney or judge will be notified of the late cancellation for any cancellation after July 29, 2022. 

Awardees with emergency situations requiring cancellation after July 29, 2022 must email monica.mahoney@txcourts.gov as soon as possible so that the Commission can try and fill the slot from the waitlist.

Application Link and Deadline to Apply:

The application period is now closed. 

Scholarship Notification and Logistics:

If you are awarded a scholarship, the Children’s Commission will notify you after the scholarship application period has ended and we have verified your standing with the Bar and your eligibility with your primary or appointing judge. We hope to notify all applicants of their scholarship status no later than July 8, 2022.

If you are awarded a scholarship, the Children’s Commission will work with NACC to register you directly. Awardees do not need to register themselves for the conference. The reimbursement scholarship of $1,000 will be used to cover registration fees ($450), with remaining funds available for reimbursement of eligible conference-related travel expenses after the in-person event has concluded (up to $550).

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

As stated above, we will register all scholarship awardees directly with NACC (no need to register yourself). However, all scholarship awardees are responsible for securing their own travel plans and hotel reservations, and awardees must cover these travel costs before the conference. Confirmed scholarship awardees may submit for reimbursement upon return. Awardees are also responsible for cancelling their own travel plans, 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.

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.

TexasBarCLE and the Child Protection Law Section of the State Bar of Texas hosted the 4th Annual Advanced Child Protection Law (CPL) Course on March 24-25, 2022 in Houston, Texas with webcast replays on April 26-27, 2022. For more information, please visit the Child Protection Law Section web page or the Event Brochure.

The ABA’s Center on Children and the Law typically hosts two national conferences every other year. In April 2022, the Center hosted the Access to Justice for Children and Families Conference and the National Parent Representation Conference in Tyson's Corner, Virginia. 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.

The Children’s Commission is offering a limited number of need-based scholarships for qualifying attorneys who currently represent DFPS. Scholarships will take the form of reimbursement of registration fees after the course has been completed. Interested applicants must apply for the reimbursement scholarship and will receive notice of their selection prior to registering for this course. Please read below for scholarship criteria, attendance and reimbursement policies, and a link to apply.

Scholarship Details and Criteria:

The Children’s Commission is currently offering 14 reimbursement scholarships for qualifying attorneys who currently represent the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to complete  the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association (TDCAA) Fundamentals of Child Welfare Law online course. This six-part online course is designed for less-experienced child welfare prosecutors and will cover the fundamental skills needed for prosecutors assigned to represent DFPS, from pretrial to final outcome of a child welfare case. Scholarships for this course are very limited and are intended for attorneys new to the practice of child welfare law. 

The presenters for this course include Texas attorneys with extensive experience representing DFPS. Attendees will receive 5.25 hours of MCLE upon completion of the entire course. More information about the course is available on the TDCAA Training webpage.

The scholarship will take the form of reimbursed registration fees after the training has been completed. Applicants who meet all of the criteria detailed below will be considered for a scholarship. 

To meet the criteria for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • currently represent DFPS on a child welfare docket,
  • have a financial need,
  • be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas, and
  • commit to timely completion of the online course and a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission.
  • Please note, preference will be given to those attorneys who have up to three years’ experience representing DFPS in child welfare cases and who indicate a need for training in the identified course topics.

Applicants will be asked to verify the above criteria before being considered for a scholarship.

Scholarship Notifications and Logistics:

Please note, since the TDCAA online course has open enrollment and no final date to register, the scholarship application link on the Commission’s website will remain open until the maximum number of awardees (14) is reached. The Children’s Commission staff will plan to review submitted applications on a rolling and periodic basis, or at least every 2 weeks. The Children’s Commission will notify applicants of their scholarship status after review of their application. Pending applicants should wait to hear from the Children’s Commission before registering for the course in order to learn whether they will be awarded a reimbursement scholarship.

Please note that because this is a reimbursement scholarship, awardees must register themselves for the course and pay for all course registration costs up front. Also, the Commission cannot reimburse an office or a county for an attorney’s scholarship; the Commission can only reimburse the individual attorney. 

Attendance Policy:

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 must commit to participate in the training within 30 days of their registration date with TDCAA and to provide detailed responses to a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission thereafter.

The number of scholarships for this training 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. 

Reimbursement Policy:

Each scholarship awardee will be able to submit for reimbursement of registration fees ($175) after the training has been completed.

Please note, you must submit the following supporting documentation to receive reimbursement:

  • Proof of payment for registration, including date of purchase
  • A copy of the certificate of completion provided by TDCAA upon completion of the training. (Please note, the Children's Commission requires this as proof of attendance only and does not submit CLE for scholarship awardees. Please refer to the TDCAA website regarding MCLE reporting.)

A reimbursement form will be provided to awardees and must be submitted to the Children’s Commission upon completion of the training. 

If you have any questions, please email CCScholarships@txcourts.gov.

Application Link:

To apply for a scholarship, click the button below.

State Certification Reimbursement

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