In 2017, DePelchin celebrates its 125th anniversary.  As Houston's oldest family services agency, DePelchin is deeply rooted in the city's history and culture, connecting generation-to-generation and family-to-family through its foster care and adoption services.  There are a number of ways you can celebrate this milestone event!

Make a Historical Gift

Today the cost to care for a child is on average $3,950 more per month than what is provide by the State. With more children coming into care every day, DePelchin must continue to rely on its faithful supporters to help cover that cost. As our founder said in 1892, "these children must be cared for - we cannot desert them or fail them."  Be a part of history and make a gift in honor of DePelchin's 125th anniversary.

125th Birthday Celebration

On May 2, 2017, DePelchin celebrated 125 years (to the day) of DePelchin Children’s Center and the thousands of children and families who have been forever blessed by Kezia DePelchin's legacy.   The Family Ever After birthday event raised more than $1.2 million to help the most vulnerable children and families in our community.  We hope you will enjoy these photos from the amazing evening!

Gala Chairman: Laura Bellows
Executive Committee: Pam Brasseux, Emily Crosswell, Flo McGee and Pam Lovett
Underwriting Co-Chairs: Laurie Dorfman, Anne Duncan and Susan L. Padon
Underwriting Committee: Sue Nan Cutsinger, Ginni Mithoff and Lisa Stone
Honorees: Past Board Chairman of DePelchin Board of Directors

Family Day Presented by HEB

On October 22, DePelchin celebrated 125 years of family roots with its past and present families, staff and community supporters.  Live music, games, refreshments and fall festival activities were held at DePelchin's main campus in Houston - fun for the entire family!  We hope you will enjoy these photos from the Family Day celebration!

Share Your DePelchin Story

We know a large part of our history lies in the hearts and minds of individuals in our community.  If you have a story about how DePelchin impacted you personally or have a memory of your family's involvement with DePelchin, we want to hear from you! Fill out this form with your story or email us at