The Children's Commission publishes a Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book (Bench Book) which outlines the state and federal statutory requirements for judges handling child welfare cases. The Bench Book also includes topical sections addressing issues judges may encounter in overseeing child welfare cases, as well as statutory and case law citations which are maintained by and connected to an online service called LawBox. Bench Cards are also available and provide this information through easy-to-use checklists that outline relevant laws at different stages of a child welfare case as well as by topic (i.e., education and human trafficking).
The Bench Book is updated annually, and was revised in October 2021 to include updates throughout from the 87th Regular Legislative Session and new chapters on the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and domestic violence. Additionally, there is a new Bench Card on remote hearings.