The Children’s Commission publishes a Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book which outlines the state and federal statutory requirements for judges handling child protection cases, and includes topical sections and checklists. The Bench Book is updated annually, and was recently revised to include updates to all topical chapters. New sections on best interest, burden of proof required throughout the stages of a CPS case, contempt, and the importance of youth voice in court have been added. Additionally, there is a new bench card on addressing disproportionality.
While the Bench Book was originally designed for and is primarily used by judges, many attorneys, CASA and other child welfare stakeholders also find it to be informative and helpful.