HOUSTON (November 1, 2012) - 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 alone, over 6,000 children reside in foster care, and of these, more than 1,900 are currently available for adoption. 

“There is tremendous need for adoptive parents in the Houston area,” says Atasha Kelley-Harris, program coordinator for adoption services at DePelchin Children’s Center. “We especially need parents willing to adopt teenagers, sibling groups and children with moderate medical challenges.”

Kelley-Harris says that while many families and individuals may desire to adopt, they often do not begin the process as they believe they would not meet necessary requirements.

“People often think that in order to adopt you have to be married, wealthy and own your own home,” Kelley-Harris says. “That’s just not the case.”

Minimum requirements include that prospective parents be at least 21 years old, be in good physical health and be able to financially provide for a child.

With the holiday season just around the corner, Kelley-Harris says, 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 committed to meeting the needs of children as one of the largest providers of mental health, foster care and adoption services in Texas. Through its clinical expertise and special brand of caring, DePelchin turns lives around, providing a full continuum of care including psychiatric services, counseling, residential treatment, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, 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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