Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
January 30, 2020
Child Welfare Presentation Series: CIP Talks
The National Center for State Courts, in partnership with the federal Children’s Bureau, recently launched a series of presentations called CIP Talks by nationally recognized child welfare experts. The Children’s Bureau funds the Texas Court Improvement Program (CIP) which is administered by the Supreme Court Children’s Commission.

The CIP Talks occur on the first Monday of every month at 2:00 p.m. CST. The Children’s Commission invites you to tune in to these presentations, which are recorded live and offer virtual Q&A with the speaker after the presentation. After each talk, the presentation is archived online. Please mark your calendars for:

  • Monday, February 3, 2020, "Why Every Child in Foster Care Would Benefit from High Quality Legal Representation" by Angela Vigil, Partner and Executive Director of the Pro Bono Practice at Baker and McKenzie LLP;

  • Monday, March 2, 2020, “Family Justice in Indian Country” by Sheldon Spotted Elk, Director of Indian Child Welfare at Casey Family Programs;

  • Monday, April 6, 2020, "What Every Judge and Attorney Needs to Know about the Trauma of Removal" by Monique Mitchell, Director of Translational Research & Curriculum Development at The Dougy Center: The National Center for Grieving Children & Families; and

  • Monday, May 4, 2020, "How Attorneys and Judges Can Help Reduce the Need for Foster Care and Family Separation" by Christopher Church, Staff Attorney at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

To access the CIP Talks, please link here . To access the virtual Q&A discussion following each presentation, please link here .
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For a complete list of Jurist in Residence Letters, please visit the Children's Commission webpage . Information provided by the Children’s Commission should not be read as a commentary by the Supreme Court of Texas or any other court. The Children’s Commission website is not equipped to facilitate dialogue or conversation about matters related to the information in this communique. For more information about the Children’s Commission, please visit our website .