HOUSTON (November 21, 2014) - November is National Adoption Month—a month set aside in the U.S. each year to raise awareness about the thousands of children in foster care waiting for permanent, loving homes. In the greater Houston area, over 1,500 children reside in foster care, and of these, 1,300 are in Harris County alone. Friday marks Adoption Day for many Greater Houston counties, including Harris County.

“There is tremendous need for adoptive parents in the Houston area,” said Atasha Kelley-Harris, Program Manager, Adoption and Post Adoption, at DePelchin Children’s Center. “We especially need parents willing to adopt teenagers, sibling groups and children with moderate medical challenges."

The requirements to begin the process of adoption are often misrepresented as minimum requirements include those prospective parents be at least 21 years old, be in good physical health and be able to financially provide for a child. “People often think that in order to adopt you have to be married, wealthy and own your own home,” Atasha Kelley-Harris said. “That’s just not the case.”

People interested in adoption or learning more about the process can attend a free weekly orientation session at DePelchin Children’s Center. Orientation sessions are held throughout the area and people do not need to RSVP to attend. For a schedule of orientation sessions visit: http://www.depelchin.org/events/foster-and-adopt/

With the holiday season just around the corner, Atasha Kelley-Harris said, “families and individuals should thoughtfully consider giving the ultimate gift to a child this year: the gift of family. There is no better way to make a difference in the life of a child than by adopting him or her into your family.”  

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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