Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
May 29, 2020
Register Now: Webcast on Benefits of Using Technology in Child Welfare Cases on June 5, 2020
Please join the Children's Commission on Friday, June 5, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST for an hour-long webcast entitled “Benefits of Using Technology in Child Welfare Cases.” This webcast is designed for judges who preside on the CPS docket and will be of interest to practitioners as well.

Moderated by Hon. Rob Hofmann, Judge of 452nd District Court and Jurist in Residence for the Children’s Commission, this panel discussion will include five judges who will share their experiences with virtual child welfare hearings and related silver linings. Topics covered will include how to manage dockets and find an interpreter; greater child and parent engagement; the advantages of virtual mediation; an increase in attorney participation and preparation; and the benefits of increased frequency of family time (also known as visitation). Viewers will also learn about how all of these technological benefits can be used to advance permanency for children in care.

Panelists are Hon. Melissa DeGerolami, Associate Judge of the Child Protection Court of South Central Texas; Hon. Delia Gonzales, Associate Judge of the Child Protection and Permanency Court in Dallas County; Hon. Thomas Stuckey, Associate Judge of the Centex Child Protection Court South; Hon. Angela Graves-Harrington, District Judge of the 246th Family Court in Harris County; and Hon. Carlos Villalon Jr., Associate Judge for the Child Protection Court of the Rio Grande Valley West.

MCLE has been requested from the State Bar of Texas. Registration is limited for the live webcast to 500 people.

ICYMI: Webcast on Effective Advocacy in the Virtual CPS Courtroom
The Children’s Commission’s 90-minute webcast which aired on Friday, May 22, 2020 regarding Effective Advocacy in the Virtual CPS Courtroom has been archived and is available free of charge on the Commission’s website. 
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