The Children’s Commission is offering scholarships for qualifying judges to both the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’(NCJFCJ)  81st Annual Conference and the National Association of Counsel for Children’s (NACC) 41st National Child Welfare, Juvenile & Family Law Conference and Red Book Training. Interested judges are welcome to apply for a scholarship to either or both of these educational opportunities. Scholarships are limited so applications to either or both conferences should be submitted so as soon as possible.

Updated:

The deadlines to apply for the following scholarships is as follows:

NCJFCJ scholarship is midnight on May 23, 2018  

NACC scholarship is midnight June 6, 2018

Please see below for the scholarship criteria for each conference. Also, please note that the purpose of the post-conference surveys mentioned below is to let the Commission know what topics and speakers you would like to have the Commission bring to Texas for future educational opportunities. 

The Advanced Family Law Course offers a day-long Child Abuse and Neglect Track each year during the annual State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law MCLE. This one-day training covers current topics of interest to Texas judges who hear child welfare cases and Texas attorneys who practice on the CPS docket.

This year’s live State Bar of Texas Child Abuse and Neglect One-Day Track will be held on August 15, 2018, in San Antonio, with video replays in Dallas on September 28, 2018; in Houston on October 5, 2018; and in South Padre on October 12, 2018. 

Please use this link to find out more information about the topics and speakers for the 2018 one-day Child Abuse and Neglect Track CLE: http://www.texasbarcle.com/materials/Programs/3695/Brochure.pdf  
Please note that this agenda is tentative at this time and that topic titles and speakers might change.

The cost of the conference registration is $125; however, this fees is waived for Texas judges by Texas Bar CLE. Judges wishing to attend the 2018 Child Abuse and Neglect Track should contact Texas Bar CLE directly by using the brochure link listed above. 

Here are the locations of each of the Child Abuse and Neglect Track presentations:

LIVE San Antonio 
August 15, 2018
Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Video Replay, Dallas
September 28, 2018
Dallas Cityplace Events
2711 N. Haskell
Dallas, TX 75204
(214)515-5100

Video Replay, Houston
October 5, 2018

Houston Crowne Plaza River Oaks
2712 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77098

Video Replay, South Padre Island 
October 12, 2018

Isla Grand Beach Resort 
500 Padre Blvd.

South Padre, TX 78597
(800)292-7704

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) is offering nearly 50% off the application and exam fee for attorneys and judges seeking certification as a Child Welfare Legal Specialist (CWLS).

The scholarship is funded by the Children’s Commission and administered by NACC. Texas attorneys and judges interested in becoming CWLS certified will pay the discounted price of $350 with their CWLS application to NACC. After successfully completing the exam and receiving certification, NACC will issue scholarship reimbursements to Texas attorneys and judges in the amount of $262.50.

With the discounted offer from NACC and the scholarship offered by the Children’s Commission, attorneys and judges who qualify for and pass the Child Welfare Legal Specialist Exam in fiscal year 2018 can do so for only $87.50.

Application & Exam Fee

$650.00

$350.00

Children's Commission Scholarship

 

($262.50)

Total Cost to Attorney/Judge

 

$87.50

 

Discounts are also available for Texas attorneys and judges who are seeking re-certification of their CWLS. To be eligible for the discount, re-certifications must be filed by May 31, 2018.

Re-Certification Fee

$300.00

$200.00

Children's Commission Scholarship

 

($120.00)

Total Cost to Attorney/Judge

 

$80.00

 

For more information, please submit a request to Children@txcourts.gov 

NACC 41st National Child Welfare, Juvenile & Family Law Conference and Red Book Training

This year’s NACC Conference will be held on August 23-25, 2018, in San Antonio, with a pre-conference Red Book Training held at the same venue on August 22nd. This year’s conference will feature a Keynote from Jerry Milner, DSW, the Assistant Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau, Administration of Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The main conference tracks will be on child welfare, juvenile justice, and family law issues.  The pre-conference Red Book Training prepares attendees for the NACC’s Child Welfare Law Specialist exam but may also be of interest to those judges wanting an overview of federal issues in child welfare law. The NACC’s goal is to improve the lives of children and families through high-quality legal representation and other forms of advocacy, by offering a child welfare law certification process accredited by the American Bar Association, training and technical assistance to child law attorneys and other child welfare professionals, and engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy aimed at improving the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. To learn more about the topics and speakers for the 41st NACC National Conference and optional pre-conference Red Book Training, please see the NACC Conference Agenda.   

The Children’s Commission will provide scholarships in the form of waived registration fees and conference-related travel expenses of up to $1000. The funds can be used toward the one-day pre-conference Red Book Training ($200) and/or the three-day 41st National Child Welfare, Juvenile & Family Law Conference ($400), with any remaining funds available for conference-related expenses such as travel, lodging, and meals. Registration fees for the Red Book training and/or Conference will be paid directly to the NACC for each recipient. 

To be eligible for a scholarship, judges must hear child welfare and/ or juvenile cases, with preference given to judges who hear higher percentages of either or both of these kinds of cases. Awardees must complete a post-conference survey from the Commission in order for their reimbursement request to be processed.

To complete the scholarship application, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NACC2018. The extended deadline is midnight on June 6, 2018.

Please review the Travel Reimbursement Guidelines for information regarding eligible travel expenses.  

For any questions regarding judicial scholarships to the NACC Conference and/or Red Book Training, please contact children@txcourts.gov.

The NCJFCJ 81st Annual Conference will be held on July 22-25, 2018 in Denver and will feature a wide range of topics that include issues facing the juvenile and family court system. The conference schedule will be available soon with the following educational tracks: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Family Law, Family Violence, Practical, Innovative, and The Forefront. The mission of the NCJFCJ’s Annual Conference is to provide cutting-edge information and tools to juvenile and family courts to support their efforts to improve case processing and outcomes for children, youth, and families.

The Children’s Commission through its conference partner, Texas Center for the Judiciary, will offer 25 judicial scholarships to the NCJFCJ’s 81st Annual Conference. To be eligible for a scholarship, participants must hear civil child welfare and/or juvenile cases and must attend the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s Annual Child Welfare Judicial Conference to be held November 12-14, 2018 in Georgetown, Texas.

Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis and preference will be given to judges who can commit to attend the 2018 Child Welfare Conference and who hear a high percentage of either or both of the above kinds of cases.

The scholarship will cover the awardees’ registration fees and conference-related expenses such as travel, lodging, and meals, up to $2,000. (Any additional expenses must be covered by the scholarship recipient). Awardees must complete a post-conference survey in order for their reimbursement request to be processed. The Texas Center for the Judiciary will assist judges with registration and hotel logistics related to this scholarship opportunity.

To complete the scholarship application, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCJFCJ2018. The extended deadline is midnight May 23, 2018.

Please review the Travel Reimbursement Guidelines for information regarding eligible travel expenses.  

The Texas Center for the Judiciary will notify you if you are selected to receive a scholarship. Please DO NOT call the hotel or make reservations for the conference prior to receiving a scholarship acceptance. Please contact Heidi Penix at heidip@yourhonor.com if you have any questions regarding the NCJFCJ judicial scholarships.