Judge Rob Hofmann recently attended his first meeting as a member of the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families. Hofmann was appointed to the post last fall by a Supreme Court order signed by Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and other members of the state’s highest court.
The Children’s Commission is a multidisciplinary executive-level group led by judges and created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 2007 to develop and coordinate efforts to improve court performance in child abuse and neglect cases for the state’s 30,000 foster children. Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman of Houston serves as chair. Hofmann had served on the Commission’s Education Committee that published The Texas Blueprint: Transforming Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care last spring. By separate order, the justices also appointed Hofmann as chair of the task force charged with implementing the numerous recommendations contained in the Blueprint.
In his work on the education committee, Hofmann served as the judicial representative on the Texas team at the Children’s Bureau national conference, Collaboration to Strengthen Educational Successes of Children and Youth in Foster Care and he has presented at several conferences, including the recent annual conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He will speak in February at the first Texas Education Summit in San Antonio and the State Bar of Texas Juvenile Law Conference in Austin.
Hofmann just completed his eleventh year of service as the judge of the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country in Mason that serves twelve counties in the western hill country.