Resource Letter:

For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Welfare Cases

August 29, 2023

The Resource Letter below was originally sent on Friday, August 25, 2023, but there were technical issues. This may result in a duplicate announcement to some recipients.

Now Available:

Reevaluating Reasonable Efforts Findings Replay and Materials

A recording of the August 17, 2023 live webinar entitled “Reevaluating Reasonable Efforts Findings” and the accompanying PowerPoint presentation are now available on the Children’s Commission’s On-Demand MCLE webpages for judges and for attorneys

Children's Commission Jurist in Residence Hon. Piper McCraw; Legal Representation Director Dylan Moench; and Staff Attorneys Renée Castillo-De La Cruz and Aimee Corbin provided an overview of federal and state law on reasonable efforts and included a fictional scenario to demonstrate reasonable efforts followed by a Q&A discussion. 

The State Bar of Texas has approved 1.0 hour of MCLE, including 0.25 ethics hours, and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization has approved 1.0 hour for certification and recertification continuing legal education requirements for attorneys and paralegals in Child Welfare Law. Self-reporting information is available on the Children’s Commission website.

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