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November is a time for family when people get together over turkey and dressing to celebrate the Thanksgiving day holiday. November is also National Adoption Month, a time when the courts open their doors to finalize adoptions and bring permanency to thousands of waiting children and parents. National Adoption Month began eighteen years ago to help build awareness of adoption throughout the nation. Thousands of community organizations arrange and host programs, events and activities to share positive adoption stories, challenge the myths and draw attention to the thousands of children in foster care who are waiting for permanent families. Children want to find their forever families and we at DePelchin are trying to give those children a voice by bringing awareness to this great need. There are many misconceptions about adoption from foster care, one of the greatest being the ...

Families in crisis need immediate help. Crises often involve a breakdown in family relationships and come in various forms: family conflict a child running away delinquent youth behavior severe problems at school At DePelchin, we help families work through crisis situations.  Through the Services to At-risk Youths Program (STAR), we provide counseling and education services to support families in crisis living in Harris, Fort Bend or Waller County. DePelchin's STAR Program includes: Family Counseling Short-term counseling offered at our offices or in the family’s home or school Skills-Based Training Classes and groups for parents and youths over a range of topics, including positive parenting, anger management, social skills, truancy and delinquency Community presentations, fairs and events related to preventing child abuse Please contact us to find out more about STAR Services Harris County: #713-664-3459 Fort Bend/ Waller County: #281-261-1341

As you begin to think about becoming a foster care parent, there are many questions about not only the process but who is going to guide you through it. DePelchin prides itself as being an accredited foster care and adoption agency with offices all over Texas. We look forward to being part of your journey, so take the first step and join us at an upcoming Houston Orientation or contact one of our other offices in Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock or Brownwood to learn more.  Why choose DePelchin as your foster care provider? A DePelchin Clinician 24 hour on-call emergency assistance Therapeutic counseling and specialized foster parent training Respite services Donation support with clothing, school supplies, holiday gifts Foster Parent mentors Tickets to community events Holiday events and appreciation parties

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a month where we as a community recognize the role and responsibility each of us plays in standing up for children who do not have a voice. DePelchin Children’s Center takes responsibility for that role in standing up for children’s well-being every day. In 2015, there were 6,360 children who were reported victims of child abuse in Harris County. We invite you to stand with us for these 6,360 children and raise awareness about Child Abuse Prevention Month. How do I get involved? Help us tie 6,360 blue ribbons for each of the 6,360 victims Throughout April, bring your family, friends or organization to tie ribbons on our fence line at Memorial and Sandman. Tie one ribbon or 100 ribbons – it’s up to you! Contact Analisa Warren, manager of public relations, if ...

Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent and taking the next step to truly impact a child during what is a very unsettling period in their life? Through its foster care program, DePelchin partners with couples and individuals who can provide temporary care for children removed from their birth families because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Many of these children have experienced trauma and desperately need the care and support of a loving foster family. The process of becoming a foster parent with DePelchin typically lasts between three and six months and includes the following steps: 1. Participating in an informational orientation. You can view a link to the current schedule here. 2. Submitting a complete application and other documentation    3. Completing the required training program 4. Participating in a home study 5. Receiving approval to be a ...

For the past ten years, DePelchin Children’s Center has been honored to be the official charitable beneficiary of the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. Every December , as two teams from the Big 12 and SEC meet at NRG Stadium to compete in the Texas Bowl, DePelchin gets a front row seat to the action with player meet and greets and tickets to the big game. Since its inception, the Bowl has donated more than $850,000 in financial support to DePelchin with a record-breaking donation of $150,000 in 2014.       Meet and Greet with Players DePelchin families are the big winners of the Texas Bowl, getting the opportunity not only to enjoy complimentary tickets to the game but also to meet the players during team visits. As part of their busy bowl week activities this year, players from LSU ...

The holidays are a fun and exciting time, but they can also be very overwhelming and stressful for parents and children.  Here are 4 tips we recently shared with our foster parents that are applicable to all families: 1) While big parties and meals are fun, they may be challenging for kids. Between different foods (often high sugar), sensory overload and likely lots of activity, we can expect for our kids to become disregulated. Behavior may become an issue leaving parents frustrated, embarrassed or even having the "I can't take you to do anything fun" feeling. This is a good time to set everyone up for success. Making the child's world small and predictable will create a more successful and enjoyable holiday season. 2) Set the bar low. Lower your expectations for elaborate holiday events, house preparation and activities. More ...

The holidays are fast approaching!  We invite you to make a dream come true for a child this year by participating in the annual DePelchin Children’s Center Holiday Project.  Last year, generous donors fulfilled the holiday wishes of more than 1,300 children, and we anticipate even more children will be in need this year. You can make this dream come true for DePelchin’s children in three ways: Sponsor a child.  Provide requested items for a specific child.  Please visit our holiday project page to see the wish lists available and sponsor a child. All gifts must be received by 5:00 pm on December 8th to ensure delivery by December 24th. Please contact our Houston area staff to make a delivery appointment: holidayproject@depelchin.org. Host a toy drive.  Collect toys at your work place, holiday party, church, synagogue, or other holiday gatherings. This ...

Bells are already ringing in stores signaling the start of the holiday shopping season.  Many shoppers are already scoping out online deals to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which have become two of the most popular shopping events of the year! Why not do your holiday shopping and support DePelchin Children's Center at the same time? Through the AmazonSmile program, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases directly to DePelchin Children's Center.  It's easy to do, and every dollar counts!   DePelchin's charity link is  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0318867.  Shop through AmazonSmile during Black Friday and Cyber Monday - and any day throughout the year - and help us put lots of big smiles on little faces!     

In 1892, a woman named Kezia Payne DePelchin relied only on her pioneering spirit and faith in humanity when she accepted three orphaned children into her care. Today, DePelchin Children’s Center is the leading center in Texas for children’s well-being, with a focus on mental health, foster care and adoption services. Our history is rich in the Houston community, now expanding across Texas, and we are excited to celebrate our 125th Anniversary in 2017. One story from that rich history is the story of Connie Wallace who lived at DePelchin Faith Home with her brother in the 1930’s.  It was during the Depression, and after her father moved across the country in search of a job, her mother died tragically in an accident. Connie and her little brother were sent to live at DePelchin, eventually being raised in the loving ...