65th Judicial District, Childrens Court
Oscar Gabaldon Jr, Associate Judge


500 E. San Antonio
Suite 1104
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 546-2147
Fax (915) 543-3811
jalfsen@epcounty.com

65th Judicial District - Children's Court

  • About Us
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  • The El Paso Model Court
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  • The Vision: All children will have a safe permanent home within twelve months
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  • 65th Judicial District child protection committed to the improvement of court practice in child abuse and neglect cases.
  • Each initiative focuses on the following objectives:

  • Front loading services to children and parents

  • A team approach to permanency planning

  • Stakeholder advisory committees


  • Significant court improvement practices adopted from the RESOURCE GUIDELINES, such as improving court practices in Child Abuse and Neglect, have motivated systematic changes in the handling of child abuse and neglect cases.
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  • Permanency Planning/Adoption
  • All children are adoptable. This principle drives recruitment of adoptive families. Placement in legal risk families and concurrent plans secures a permanent home. Permanency planning begins the day the court places the child in the state's custody.
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  • Mediation
  • Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution tool designed to help the parties resolve their cases without contested litigation.
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  • Legal Representation
  • Attorney ad litems for children are the El Paso Family Bar Association, law firms, and sole practitioners.
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  • Guardian Ad Litems (GAL)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers and attorneys serve ad guardian as litems. From the time a child is placed in protective custody, the GAL is essential in providing the court with the best interests of the child. GAL and a child's attorney comprise the child's team in court.
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  • Video Conference Hearings
  • Children placed in out-of-country residential treatment centers are able to participate in their hearings via simultaneous video conferencing. An important live testimony from the child's therapeutic team supports decisions made by the court. Most importantly, the child never feels abandoned by his community.
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  • Drug Court
  • The 65th Judicial District Court has developed an innovative family reunification program, known as a Drug Court, which focuses solely on child protective services cases. This program is designed to assist parents in the reunification efforts where their children have been placed in foster care due, in whole or in part, to the parents drug or alcohol abuse problems.
  • The court also has a drug court designed to assist parents with drug and alcohol abuse problems to "prevent" the removal of their children and the filing of a lawsuit.
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  • Family Group Conferencing
  • Family Group Conferencing is a mechanism by which Child Protective Services llaborates with the family and engages the extended family and its support network in the decision-making and development of plans for the care and protection of the children. The program aims to serve as a diversion initiative designed to preserve the family without a court involvement or placement of children in a foster care. It also aims to provide support to families who reunify by helping them to build a strong family network for the rehabilitated parent in order to best protect the children.
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  • For more information, visit the websites listed on our main page.