The Children’s Commission maintains a distribution list to inform legal practitioners of training and scholarship opportunities and to relay pertinent child welfare-related information about emerging, relevant, and changing policy, laws, practice, and training opportunities that are of interest to attorneys handling CPS cases. The Resource Letter is shared via email distribution on a near-weekly basis and posted below. 

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2020

2019

9/19/19: Reminder: Live CPS-Related MCLE on Thursday, September 26, 2019

9/12/19: Announcing Live CPS-Related MCLE on Thursday, September 26, 2019

8/29/19: Save the Date! Upcoming MCLE Opportunities

8/28/19: Back to School 2019-2020

8/21/19: Update on the Status of ICWA in Texas

8/2/19: 2019 Child Protection Update: 86th Legislative Session

7/12/19: Reminder: Registration is Now Open for the 2019 Child Welfare Judges Conference

7/3/19: Children's Commission Webcast: 86th Legislative Session Update on CPS-Related Matters

6/13/19: Upcoming Webinar on June 21, 2019: LGBTQ and Race Equity

5/24/19: Special Issue: Resources Related to Preventing and Addressing Domestic Child Sex Trafficking

5/21/19: Save the Date for Children's Commission Webcast: 86th Legislative Session Update on CPS-Related Matters

5/2/19: Deadlines Extended: 2019 Summer Scholarship Opportunities for Child Welfare Judges and Attorneys

4/26/19: Announcing Judicial Commission on Mental Health Jurist in Residence Resource Letter

4/18/19: 2019 Summer Scholarship Opportunities for Child Welfare Judges and Attorneys

3/15/19: Engaging Children and Youth in Court

3/5/19: Texas Board of Legal Specialization Announces Inaugural Child Welfare Law Specialists

2/14/19: Children's Commission Releases Report on Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint

2/5/19: Announcing 2019 Spring Scholarship Opportunities for Child Welfare Attorneys

1/17/19: Upcoming Training on Family Drug Court, Child Welfare Information Study, Last Day to submit TST Applications

1/10/19: Hands-on Trial Skills Training Applications Extended to Thursday, January 17th

1/3/19: Hands-on Trial Skills Training Applications Due Thursday, January 10, 2019

2018

12/19/18 Hands-on Trial Skills Training Opportunity

12/7/18 Update on the status of ICWA in Texas (December 2018)

11/30/18 2018 Child Protection Law Bench Book

11/9/18 Update on the status of ICWA in Texas (November 2018)

10/3/18 The Education of Children & Youth Placed in Residential Treatment Round Table Report

9/26/18 New and Updated Education-Related Resources

9/12/18 2018 Study of Legal Representation in Child Protective Services Cases

9/7/18 CPS MCLE and Related Discounts

8/24/18 Back to School Reminders for 2018 - 2019

8/17/18 Save the Date: MCLE on CPS-Related Issues September 11, 2018

8/1/18 The Relative and Other Designated Caregiver Program

7/13/18 Webinar: Kinship Care and Race Equity in Child Welfare

6/13/18 DFPS "3 in 30" Program Information and Implementation Schedule

5/24/18 Video Conferencing to Increase Family and Youth Engagement

5/17/18 Attorney and Judicial Scholarship Deadlines Extended

5/9/18 Resources Related to Cultural Competency and Reducing Disproportionality and Disparities

5/3/18 Scholarship Deadlines; TBLS Child Welfare Application Extension; TBLS Exam Fee Reimbursement; and DFPS Region 1 Community Meeting

4/24/18 TBLS Applications for Specialization Exam in Child Welfare Law Due April 30, 2018

4/19/18 Summer Scholarship Opportunities for Child Welfare Attorneys

3/22/18 Trial Skills Training Opportunity: July 2018

3/13/18 Legal Representation Survey

2/26/18 TBLS 2018 Specialization Exam in Child Welfare; Scholarship Opportunity for Inaugural CLE hosted by new Child Protection Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

2/23/18 Judicial Commission on Mental Health

2/2/18 Drug Court Grant Opportunity

1/30/18 NACC Conference Scholarships; New Child Protection Law Section

1/22/18 The Texas Response to Human Trafficking


2017

12/13/17 2017 Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book

12/1/17 Hearing Notification Service Update - Hearing Alerts by Text Message Now Available

11/3/17 Trial Skills MCLE Now Available in the TexasBar CLE Online Classroom

10/20/17 Website Update and Children's Commission Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

9/29/17 MCLEs and Related Discounts

9/18/17 Webcast: MCLE on Trial Skills

9/8/17 Undocumented Caregivers in Texas

9/1/17 New Laws Effective September 1; Scholarships for 2017 Texas CASA Conference; 2017 Legislative Update Now Available Online

8/18/17 Education Considerations for the 2017 - 2018 School Year

7/23/17 Texas Higher Education Information and Resource Guide for Foster Care Liaisons

7/21/17 2017 Child Protection Judicial Update: 85th Legislative Session

7/14/17 Child Protection Legislative Update: 85th Legislative Session Webcast

6/16/17 Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) Child Welfare Law Certification Exam

5/12/17 Best Practices for Residential Interventions for Youth and their Families: A Resource Guide for Judges and Legal Partners with Involvement in the Children's Dependency Court System

4/21/17 Texas Health Steps Medical Checkup

4/7/17 New Education Guides:

Transition Planning in CPS and Special Education - Encouraging Coordination and Collaboration to Promote Better Outcomes;

Clarifying Confidentiality: New Guidance on Sharing Information about the Education of Children and Youth in Foster Care

3/31/17 ICWA Quick Reference Tools for State Courts

3/16/17 Current and Upcoming MCLEs on CPS-related Issues

3/3/17 Homeless Youth Handbook

2/10/17 American Bar Association (ABA) Resources: Upcoming Conferences and Free MCLE

2/3/17 Resources for Parent and Parent Advocates: The Family Helpline and Spanish Version of the Children's Commission's Parent Resource Guide

1/27/17 Every Student Succeeds Act Update (December 2016)

1/13/17 Free ABA Teleconference: Youth Transitioning from Foster Care to Adulthood


2016

12/12/16 Notice and Engagement Announcement

12/2/16 Importance of Youth Voice in Court Proceedings

11/18/16 MCLE Video on Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Attorneys

10/28/16 Archived MCLE on CPS-related Issues

9/30/16 Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) and Family Strength and Needs Assessment (FSNA)

5/25/16 Ombudsman for Children and Youth in Foster Care

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