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 cost. There are minimal costs to adopt from foster care and many are reimbursable by the state. We invite you to learn more about becoming a foster parent or starting your foster care adoption journey by attending an orientation at one of our Houston locations or calling one of our offices in Austin, Lubbock or San Antonio.

We took some time to talk with some of our adoptive families to find out how adoption has changed their family and what they would tell other people considering adoption.

Meet Scott and Jennifer Lester  

Tell us about the children in your family?
Mya is 13, and we adopted her when she was 1 ½ years old. DeRenee is 10, and we adopted her when she was 3. Owen is our biological son, and he is 5 years old.

How has adopted changed your family?
Before we had these kids, our lives felt very empty. Now we can say our lives are anything but empty. Our family is full of life and energy - there is truly never a dull moment! We have had great opportunities along with our challenges, and we are overwhelmed and amazed to see how each of our children has grown. We are blessed and grateful to be able to raise these children.

What would you tell other families about adopting?
Do it! Everyone emphasizes what parents bring to adopted children, but our kids have brought so much more to us.

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Meet Marvin Carter 

Tell me about the children in your family.
I have adopted Zoe who is 13 and Madison who is 10.

What made you want to adopt as a single Dad?
I have always wanted to adopt and have a lot of kids. At the beginning, I was a foster parent but knew in my heart I wanted to adopt. I have a lot of family support, and DePelchin has helped make arrangements and provide assistance when needed.

What would you tell other families about adopting?
Opening your home will enrich and enhance your life. If you want kids, I would say go for it!

Meet The Griffiths Family  

Tell us about the children in your family?
We adopted two girls who are actually siblings. We adopted Leanne who is now 10 years old when she was 11 months old and Summer who is now 9 years old when she was 5 days old. After we went through the process of adopting Leanne, we got a call the next day that her biological mom was pregnant with a second child, and they wanted to know if we would like her sister Summer too.

What was family like before kids and what is it like now?
Our girls have enriched our lives. We still do a lot of the same activities, but everything we do now is more childfocused. We really feel like we are giving back to others now instead of just living for ourselves.

What would you tell other families about adopting?
It is the best way to change someone else’s life.