Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
July 20, 2020
Announcing Scholarship Opportunity for Child Welfare Judges and Attorneys
to NACC 43rd National Child Welfare Law Virtual Conference
The Children’s Commission is offering registration scholarships to judges and attorneys for the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) 43rd National Child Welfare Law Virtual Conference, scheduled for August 24-28, 2020. To find out more about the topics and speakers, please link to the NACC website .

The Children’s Commission will provide scholarships to up to 33 qualified attorneys and judges to cover registration costs for the virtual conference. Registration fees will be paid directly to NACC for each recipient, and NACC will register all Commission scholarship awardees.

To meet the criteria for a scholarship, attorney applicants must currently represent DFPS or take appointments on the CPS docket and be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and with their appointing or presiding judge. Additionally, qualifying attorneys must be supported by their appointing or presiding judge. Judges with applicants from their jurisdiction will be notified by the Children’s Commission and asked to respond regarding the applicant’s suitability for the NACC scholarship. Judicial applicants must hear civil child welfare cases.

All applicants must agree to participate in the virtual training by attending the live sessions and/or the archived sessions no later than September 28, 2020 and commit to completing a post-event survey from the Children’s Commission. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged due to the limited number of applications and this year’s brief application period. 

To apply for the scholarship, please link to the NACC Virtual Conference Scholarship Application . Please note, this scholarship application will close at midnight on Monday, July 27, 2020.  

Additional details about current and future scholarship opportunities are provided here for judges and here for attorneys on the related scholarships pages of the Children’s Commission website.
Upcoming Webinar on July 29th: A Groundwater Analysis of Racial Inequities: Turning the Mirror Inward
Child Protective Services created a webinar series dedicated to exploring issues related to racial and ethnic disparities in the child welfare system. On July 29, 2020, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. CST, the webinar topic will be “A Groundwater Analysis of Racial Inequities: Turning the Mirror Inward.” This workshop utilizes the Joyce James “Groundwater Analysis” as a basis for analyzing racial inequities that exist and intersect across systems such as housing, education, law enforcement, financial services, healthcare, juvenile justice, criminal justice, child welfare, and employment.

To register for the July 29, 2020 webinar, link here: A Groundwater Analysis of Racial Inequities: Turning the Mirror Inward .

Note: CLEs and CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
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