HOUSTON (December 14, 2016) – DePelchin Children’s Center is the proud recipient of a $125,000 grant from The Hamill Foundation, an organization devoted to serving primarily the needs of the Houston area.  The $125,000 award, on the eve of celebrating DePelchin’s 125th anniversary in 2017, will support operating programs in child welfare services, specifically mental health counseling for foster care children and parents, foster care administration, and adoption services. 

“We are thankful for the commitment by The Hamill Foundation to provide a better tomorrow for children in foster care,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO.  “Because of this kind of generosity, DePelchin Children’s Center can provide high quality services to the most vulnerable children in our community.”

DePelchin’s new approach to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families combines prevention and early intervention programs for at-risk families, a trauma-informed model of mental health and crisis intervention services for children in foster care, and adoption and post-adoption programs. DePelchin hopes this integrated approach will eventually become a model for child welfare best practices in communities across Texas.

For more information on services provided including foster care and adoption, please visit www.depelchin.org.

About DePelchin Children's Center: 
DePelchin Children’s Center believes that every child deserves to be safe and healthy.   An accredited foster care and adoption agency with an expertise in trauma, DePelchin serves its community’s most vulnerable children and families and works to break the cycles of abuse and neglect.  Our approach to caring for kids integrates at-risk prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children at-risk or within the State’s child welfare system.  Founded as an orphanage in 1892, DePelchin is a non-profit organization with locations throughout Houston and Greater Texas and gratefully receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government grants and the United Way.