“The youth that I have represented are thrilled when they get an attorney . . . that is going to be there to meet their goals. When they see you go to court and speak up for them, and follow up on issues for them outside of the courtroom, and get back to them, they are really happy to have somebody acting as their advocate and being really interested in them.”
Mary Christine Reed Texas Foster Youth Justice Project
“If you represent these kids, the satisfaction you will get is pretty amazing. . . You will know that if not for you, being this child’s attorney, many things would not happen for this child, and many great outcomes would not happen for these children.”
Travis County Office of Child Representation
The Permanency Project works closely with the Travis County judiciary to provide pro bono attorneys for foster children in the Permanent Managing Conservatorship of the State of Texas. These children are required to attend permanency hearings at least twice a year. Before a volunteer is eligible to participate in the program, he or she must complete training on representing children at the PMC docket. AYLA is prividng such training live and online through YouTube.
All training sessions are available for viewing online. Click below to get started today!
The AYLA Permanency Project Handbook is an integral part of the program. It is full of helpful information on the PMC docket and the foster care program in Texas. It also contains a step-by-step guide for getting started with your foster care representation.
Once you've completed the online training, reported your CLE hours to the State Bar (to report onlineclickhere) and review the Handbook, you're ready to complete the application. Once you've submitted your application to the District Court's office (instruction are on the form), you'll be included on the list of pro bono attorneys ready to accept the representation of a foster child on the PMC Docket.