Several Houston-based organizations are joining forces to help educate the community about children who need a safe and loving family. There are currently more than 7,000 children in foster care in the Greater Houston area. Of these, more than 1,700 children are waiting to be adopted. The goal of this collaborative effort is to recruit loving foster and adoptive families for thousands of children and teens in Houston.

A Regional Foster Care and Adoption Information Session will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm at DePelchin Children’s Center's main campus on Memorial Drive.

Interested individuals and families should know that foster and adoptive parents do NOT need to be married or own their own home. There are little or no fees associated with fostering or adopting. Those who have a heart for children and are able to provide a safe and loving environment are encouraged to attend this event.

The FREE session will begin with an overview about the children needing homes and an explanation of foster care and adoption. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit with various local foster care and adoption organizations. In addition to DePelchin Children's Center, other organizations participating include:  Arrow Child and Family Ministries, Catholic Charities, CPS, Homes with Hope, Safe Haven Community Services, Spaulding for Children, TexasMENTOR, Sans Pareil Center, Lifeline and others.