San Antonio, TX – The Honorable Rosemarie ‘Rosie’ Alvarado has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve as a Commissioner on the Texas Children's Commission. This will be Judge Alvarado’s first, three-year term on the Commission. Previous members of the Commission from Bexar County have included the Hon. John Specia and the Hon. Peter Sakai.
Judge Rosie Alvarado is the Presiding Judge of the 438th District Court in Bexar County, Texas and hears civil matters. In addition to her duties as a district court Judge, Judge Alvarado manages a therapeutic restorative court, called PEARLS Court. The mission of PEARLS Court is to invest in girls ages 14 to 18 who have been placed in foster care by teaching them life skills, supplying therapy, and pairing them with mentors. Judge Alvarado serves as the Child Support Court Liaison for the district courts and serves on various committees within the Bexar County District Courts Administration.
Upon being appointed, Judge Alvarado said "I have found the guidance and resources provided by the Children’s Commission to be invaluable. As a judge who hears family law and child welfare cases, I keep the Commissions’ Child Protection Law Bench Book within reach and appreciate the work the Commission does towards child welfare systemic improvements and to strengthen the courts for children. I wish to thank the Texas Supreme Court for this opportunity, and I am looking forward to working alongside the other Commissioners to further improve the outcomes for Texas families, and especially our children.”
Judge Alvarado’s appointment was ordered by the Supreme Court of Texas on August 21, 2020. Her three-year term will expire on November 30, 2023.
Established in 2007 by the Supreme Court of Texas, the Texas Children's’ Commission is a statewide, collaborative body that includes stakeholders from each branch of government as well as the private sector. The stated goal of the Commission is "improving the child welfare system by increasing public awareness of challenges facing children and families involved in the child welfare system and bringing attention to this important issue through judicial leadership, reforming judicial practice, and informing policy and practice affecting child welfare in Texas. At the foundation of the Children’s Commission is a longstanding collaboration with the state child welfare agency, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).”
Contact: Bianca Salinas, 438th District Court, (210) 335-0448