The Children's Commission regularly offers scholarships to judges to attend state and national conferences. Scholarships typically reimburse judges for conference registration fees, and occasionally, for travel-related expenses.

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. If you have questions about scholarships to this year’s events, please email CCscholarships@txcourts.gov.

Information on scholarships will be available on this webpage and also through announcements via 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.

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.

Please note, the registration fee for the CPL Course is waived for Texas judges by TexasBarCLE. Judges wishing to attend the CPL Course should contact TexasBarCLE directly.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will host the 2023 National Conference on Juvenile Justice on March 19-22, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. The conference features plenary and breakout sessions on juvenile justice, trafficking, child welfare, highlighting court best practices, innovative solutions, and self-care. More information is available on the NCJFCJ website.

Scholarship information for this conference will be posted on this webpage on December 1, 2022. Please check back at that time for details and a link to apply.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will host the 86th Annual Conference on July 16-19, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. This conference generally features plenary sessions on family law, juvenile justice, child welfare, and family violence. More information about this conference will be made available on the NCJFCJ website.

Scholarship information for this conference will be posted on this webpage in mid-April 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.

Please note, the registration fee for the CAN Workshop is waived for Texas judges by TexasBarCLE. Judges wishing to attend the Workshop should contact TexasBarCLE directly.

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 posted on this webpage the first week of May 2023. Please check back at that time for details and a link to apply.

State Certification Reimbursement

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