The Children’s Commission will provide $1000 scholarships to 100 qualified attorneys in the form of waived registration fees and conference-related travel expenses of up to $1000.  The funds can be used toward the one-day pre-conference Red Book Training ($200) and/or the three-day 41st National Child Welfare, Juvenile & Family Law Conference ($400), with any remaining funds available for conference-related travel expenses.  

Due to the size of these scholarship awards, applying attorneys must be supported by their presiding or appointing judge in order to be considered qualified, in addition to the requirement that they be currently representing DFPS or taking appointments on the CPS docket, be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and with their appointing or presiding judge, and commit to completing a post-event survey.  Judges with applicants from their jurisdiction will be notified by the Children’s Commission and asked to respond with a statement of support for the scholarship for each applicant.

Please note that this scholarship application will close at midnight on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

* 1. Please provide the following:

* 2. Please provide the best phone number to contact you during business hours.

* 3. Please provide your preferred email address.

* 4. Please provide your title.

* 5. In what county is your practice primarily located? If you work for DFPS, please provide the region and the county of your main office location.

* 6. Please provide your business address.

* 7. Please provide your State Bar Membership Number and the year you were licensed to practice in Texas.

* 8. What percentage of your practice is comprised of CPS cases?

* 10. Please list the name of the judge before whom you primarily appear.

* 11. Please provide the email and phone number of the judge before whom you primarily appear.

* 12. Please indicate which workshop(s) you would like to attend by choosing from the following three choices. The pre-conference Red Book Training is optional.

* 13. Have you received a scholarship from the Children's Commission to attend an NACC Conference in the past?

* 14. These are a few of the topics on the NACC’s 2018 Conference agenda. How would you rate your knowledge of the following issues related to CPS cases prior to this CLE?

  Need Improvement Fair Moderate Strong Very Strong
Indian Child Welfare Act
Issues Affecting Older Youth in Care
Education Issues for Children in Care
Immigration Issues for Children in Care

* 15. Please state why you would like to be chosen to receive a scholarship for the 2018 Red Book Training and/or the 2018 National Association of Counsel for Children’s Annual Conference.

* 16. If I receive a scholarship from the Children's Commission to attend the 2018 Red Book Training and/or the 2018 National Association of Counsel for Children’s Annual Conference, I understand that I am responsible for the following:

  Yes No
attending the pre-conference and/or conference as indicated above
completing an evaluation after attending the Red Book Training and/or Conference
certifying that all of the information provided in this application is accurate
abiding by all conditions listed for receipt of the scholarship and reimbursement

* 17. Should I be awarded a scholarship to the Red Book Training and/or the 41st NACC Conference, I understand the following consequences if I should need to cancel my registration after July 23, 2018:

  Yes No
I will not be eligible to receive a scholarship from the Children’s Commission for the next two years;
My managing attorney or judge will be notified of my late cancellation; and
I must send an email to children@txcourts.gov to explain any emergency situation that resulted in my cancellation so that the Commission might be able to fill my spot.

* 18. Should I be awarded a scholarship to the Red Book Training and/or the 41st NACC Conference, I understand that failure to complete the post-training evaluation may result in me not being reimbursed for my travel expenses:

* 19. Should I be awarded a scholarship to the Red Book Training and/or the 41st NACC Conference, I understand that I must comply with state and federal travel guidelines in order to be reimbursed for my travel expenses.  (Please see Children’s Commission website to view the travel reimbursement guidelines.)

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