Judicial Education 

Bench Book

The online version of the Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book is available by clicking on the link below. If you are a Texas judge responsible for hearing CPS cases and interested in receiving a hard copy of the Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book, please contact the Children's Commission at

Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book 

Bench Book 2015

Child Welfare Judicial Conference (CWJC)

The annual Child Welfare Judges Conference is held each year in partnership with the Texas Center for the Judiciary. The most recent and 10th annual conference was held November 14-16 in Austin. Agenda topics for this Texas-specific conference includedinclude training on trauma informed care and practice in child welfare, a continued focus on permanency, handling medically fragile children and the related ethical issues, and the importance of youth voice in court.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Conference 

The Children's Commission funds limited scholarships for qualifying judges to the annual conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). The 79th annual conference was held July 17-20, 2016 in Monterey, CA.

For conference information, please visit

Past Summits and Conferences

Beyond the Bench Book

Education and Foster Care Summit

Implicit Bias in Judicial Decision-Making

Permanency Summit

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   Physical Address
    Children’s Commission
Supreme Court Building
201 W. 14th Street, Room 104
Austin, TX 78701
   Mailing Address
    Children’s Commission
P.O. Box 12248
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-5384
(512) 463-8895