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Best Interest of a Child: Balancing Safety and Supporting the Parent-Child Relationship in Child Welfare Cases Involving Parents with Substance Use Disorders
Enduring July 2021-July 2023
Child welfare judges see many cases with parents who have substance use disorders as well as children with NAS symptoms. As we seek how the Courts can support the parent-child relationship, we constantly balance the health and safety of parents and children to determine the best interest of a child. This presentation will discuss some approaches Texas child welfare courts take in making this best interest determination in these cases.
Honorable Aurora Martinez Jones is the 126th State District Judge serving in Travis County, Texas. She is Board Certified in Child Welfare Law and is a Child Welfare Law Specialist, certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children. Judge Martinez Jones is responsible for the administration and management of all child welfare cases in Travis County and presides over a Family Drug Treatment Court program.
Judge Wheless received her JD, 1991, SMU Dedman School of Law and is Board Certified in Juvenile Law. She was a member of SMU Law Review (Citation Editor.) She received her BA in Government & Politics from UTD, 1988, cum laude. After law school she worked for Haynes and Boone LLP, Wheless & Walker and served as a Mental Health Master for the Collin County Probate Court. In 1999, she was appointed as Juvenile Court Referee by the Collin County Juvenile Board. In 2004, Governor Rick Perry appointed Judge Wheless to the 417th Judicial District Court, designated as a Juvenile Court. Judge Wheless was awarded the “Voice for Children Award” in 2006 by CASA of Collin County. Judge Wheless was (2018) appointed to the Judicial Commission on Mental Health, by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Chief Judge Sharon Keller.
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University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing is approved by the Texas
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