Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
January 10, 2019
Hands-on Trial Skills Training Applications Extended to Thursday, January 17 th
The Children’s Commission’s Trial Skills Training application deadline has been extended to midnight on Thursday, January 17, 2019 . This will be the only opportunity to attend this hands-on training this year . For more information and to submit an application for the training, please visit the Trial Skills Training webpage .  Designed for less experienced attorneys handling CPS cases who want to improve their litigation skills, the Children’s Commission’s annual Trial Skills Training will be taught in San Marcos, Texas on May 8-10th, 2019. Space is limited to 21 attorneys who represent DFPS, parents, and/or children on CPS dockets. 
Additional CLE Related to Trial Skills and ICWA
Post-event survey responses from Children’s Commission scholarship awardees who attended the Advanced Family Law Course’s Child Abuse and Neglect CLE track and the National Association of Counsel for Children’s Annual Conference in 2018 indicated that many attorneys would like to receive more information on evidentiary issues, advocacy, dealing with experts, etc. Here are links to access training in the Online Classroom of TexasBar CLE on these and other trial skills:

MCLE Credit: 3 hrs (includes 0.25 hrs ethics)

MCLE Credit: 3 hrs (includes 0.50 hrs ethics)

Understanding Common Evidentiary Issues in CPS Cases: Social Media Drug Testing and Medical Diagnoses and Exhibits
MCLE Credit: 2.5 hrs

The same post-event survey responses indicated that attorneys would also like more information and training about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). To learn more about ICWA, please link here to view the Children’s Commission Bench Book Chapter on ICWA and link here to review the related Bench Book Checklist on ICWA. Additionally, please link here to view the Commission’s most recent Resource Letter on this topic: Update on the status of ICWA in Texas
Children's Commission Releases Annual Report
The Children’s Commission has released its Annual Report to the Supreme Court of Texas and is available for review on the Commission's website . The Annual Report highlights projects, reports, and collaborative work from October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018. The Children’s Commission would like to express its gratitude to the many partners and stakeholders who have helped develop and bring about significant and meaningful change to the Texas child welfare system during this time period.
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