Private Infant Adoption
Building a family is one of life’s greatest joys. At DePelchin, we help couples and individuals experience the joy of building a family by guiding them along the path to adoption. Through our private infant adoption program, we support those desiring to open their home and family to a child for whom an adoption plan was made.
Program Update: We are beginning to accept applications for new adoptive families based on current program needs. These include families who are open to children who identify as African American, biracial (having some African American heritage), or are open to children with medical needs. All other interested families will be placed on a wait list at this time.
Children in Need of Adoption
Infants who are placed for adoption are typically between the ages of 0-2 years and come from many different ethnic backgrounds. At this time, DePelchin is in need of families open to adopting infants who are members of diverse racial and ethnic groups. We are also in need of families open to adopting infants with special needs, including physical or health problems, developmental delays or possible prenatal drug and/or alcohol exposure.
Adopting through DePelchin
To adopt an infant, prospective parents should meet a number of minimum requirements. The length of the process of adopting and welcoming an infant into a family will vary based on circumstances unique to each child. For an overview of the process, visit our Becoming an Adoptive Parent page.
DePelchin is only able to facilitate private infant adoptions (non-CPS) for adoptive parents currently residing in Greater Houston and its surrounding areas. We currently do not facilitate private infant adoptions (non-CPS) for individuals or couples living abroad or outside the Greater Houston area, even for those who have "primary" or "permanent" residence in Houston.
Private Infant Adoption Fees
DePelchin charges a sliding-scale fee to facilitate the adoption of an infant who is not in the custody of the State of Texas (Child Protective Services).
Support after Adoption
DePelchin recognizes that adoption is a lifelong commitment, and we are here to support adoptive families every step of the way. Our infant adoption program offers experienced staff and provides confidentiality unless all parties agree upon an open adoption. We also offer a range of post-adoption services for families, including individual and group counseling, adoption support groups and parent education resources.
For more information about our private infant adoption program, contact us at IAP@depelchin.org or 713-558-3844.