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.

The 2022 TexasBarCLE Advanced Family Law Course is scheduled for August 8-11, 2022, in San Antonio. The one-day Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Workshop will be held on Wednesday August 10, 2022 with replay dates in September and October. More information is available on the TexasBarCLE website.

The registration fee for the Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop is waived for Texas judges by TexasBarCLE. Judges who wish to attend the Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop should contact TexasBarCLE directly.

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

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 2022.

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.

To be eligible for a scholarship from the Children’s Commission, judicial applicants must primarily hear civil child welfare cases. Please note, preference may be given to practicing attorneys who apply for the scholarship. Judicial applicants from all geographical regions in Texas are encouraged to apply.

Additionally, all applicants must agree to complete a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission. Applicants who meet all the criteria will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis for a scholarship, until all 10 spots are filled.  Early applications are strongly encouraged due to the limited number of scholarships. 

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.

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 all applicants. 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.

The NCJFCJ 85th Annual Conference will be held on July 17-20, 2022 in Reno, Nevada. This conference generally features plenary sessions on family law, juvenile justice, child welfare, and family violence. More information about the conference is available on the NCJFCJ website.

The Children’s Commission is offering up to 13 reimbursement scholarships to qualifying Texas judges to attend the in-person 85th Annual Conference. Please note, this is a reimbursement scholarship and confirmed awardees will be required to cover their expenses up front in order to attend. Applications were accepted until midnight on Friday, April 29, 2022, and are now closed. Please read below for scholarship criteria and logistics.

Scholarship Criteria:

To be eligible for a scholarship from the Children’s Commission, applicants must hear civil child welfare cases. Preference is given to judges who have larger percentages of their docket dedicated to child welfare cases. Additionally, all applicants must agree to complete a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission. Early applications are strongly encouraged due to the limited number of scholarships. 

This scholarship takes the form of reimbursed registration fees and allowable conference-related expenses, such as travel, lodging, and meals, up to $2,100 total. Any additional expenses must be covered by the scholarship recipient.

Scholarship Notification and Travel Logistics:

If you are awarded a scholarship, the Children’s Commission will notify you by May 6, 2022. Awardees will need to register themselves for the conference and make their own travel arrangements, including hotel reservations. Confirmed scholarship awardees may submit for reimbursement of eligible expenses upon return. For information regarding eligible travel expenses, please review the Commission’s travel reimbursement guidelines.

Please also note the following important dates:

  • The early bird registration rate ends on June 24, 2022, and
  • NCJFCJ’s final date to cancel registration is July 8, 2022 with a $100 fee.

Scholarship awardees will be responsible for monitoring the NCJFCJ’s cancellation policies and cancelling their own registration and travel plans in a timely manner, should they become unable to attend. The Children’s Commission cannot offer reimbursement for those who incur costs and do not attend. More information on NCJFCJ’s cancellation policies is available under their Registration webpage.

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.

For questions regarding this scholarship, please contact the Children's Commission at CCscholarships@txcourts.gov.

Application Link and Deadline to Apply:

Applications were accepted until midnight on Friday, April 29, 2022, and are now closed.

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 replay on April 26-27, 2022. For more information, please visit the Child Protection Law Section web page.

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

State Certification Reimbursement

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