HOUSTON (January 4, 2016) – Caring Family Network, a state-wide foster care and adoption agency, is pleased to announce that it has taken on the name of its Houston-based organization, DePelchin Children’s Center, effective January 2016.  The name change is the final phase in the merger of the two non-profits, which began in January 2012. 

Although Caring Family Network and DePelchin have been operating as one for some time, they have been seen publicly as two different agencies with two different names.  The name change signals that DePelchin Children’s Center is one state-wide entity with offices in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock and Brownwood.

“We have been working diligently over the past few years to join our two organizations,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO.  “I think that what has emerged is a not only a larger organization but a stronger organization – one that will make a more meaningful impact on the lives of children by combining our talents and best practices.”  

There are currently more than 30,000 children in the State of Texas foster care system. There also are more than 6,000 children waiting to be adopted. DePelchin Children’s Center, with its expanded presence and focused resources, will be able to more effectively recruit loving foster and adoptive families and better meet the needs of children in its care.

“We know that there are many couples and individuals who are thinking about fostering or adopting a child,” said Jarriel.  “Why not make 2016 the year to start this journey?  We invite folks to email us at fosteroradopt@depelchin.org or visit our website www.depelchin.org to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent.”

About DePelchin Children's Center:
DePelchin Children’s Center is the leading center in Texas for children’s well-being, with a focus on a mental health, foster care and adoption services. For more than 120 years, DePelchin has been turning lives around with comprehensive care for children, including psychiatric services, counseling, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, residential treatment, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and United Way agencies.  Visit www.depelchin.org to learn more.


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