Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
February 22, 2022
Children’s Commission Webcast:
Child Welfare Case Primer: Statutory Hearings and Current Issues
The Children’s Commission will host a free, 75-minute webcast designed for judges and attorneys entitled “Child Welfare Case Primer: Statutory Hearings and Current Issues” on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

The Honorable Rob Hofmann, Judge of the 452nd District Court and Children’s Commission’s Senior Jurist in Residence, will provide a summary of the nuts and bolts of a child welfare case from investigations through various final outcomes. The presentation will review statutory requirements, including recent legislative changes, and current issues such as Community Based Care. Best practices and practical tips for achieving positive permanency for children and engaging families and youth in the court process will also be provided.

MCLE credit for this webcast is pending. Please use this link to register for the “Child Welfare Case Primer: Statutory Hearings and Current Issues” webcast.
Scholarship Opportunity for Attorneys Representing DFPS in Child Welfare Cases to the TDCAA Fundamentals of Child Welfare Law Online Course
The Children’s Commission is offering up to 14 reimbursement scholarships to qualified attorneys to complete the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association (TDCAA) Fundamentals of Child Welfare Law online course. This six-part online course will cover the fundamental skills needed for prosecutors assigned to represent the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), from pretrial to final outcomes of a child welfare case. 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.

To meet the criteria for this scholarship, attorney applicants must currently represent the Department of Family and Protective Services, demonstrate a financial need, and be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Preference will be given to those attorneys who are new to child welfare law and have up to three years of experience representing DFPS in child welfare cases. The scholarship will take the form of reimbursement of the $175 registration fee after the completion of the online course.

All scholarship recipients must commit to timely completion of 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 14 scholarships are awarded.

For more information about the scholarship and to submit an application, please visit the Children’s Commission’s Attorney Scholarships webpage.
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