DePelchin Children's Center reaffirms commitment to increasing the number of foster parents in Greater Houston area
HOUSTON (September 30, 2013) – DePelchin Children’s Center is taking action to increase the number of foster parents who can help the more than 3,000 children in foster care remain with their siblings during the difficult time of being removed from their parents. On October 7, 2013, DePelchin will host a Foster Parent Information Session from 6-9pm with dinner and childcare provided for anyone to come and learn more about becoming foster parents.
Of the more than 3,000 children in foster care removed from their families last year, 96% had siblings. National statistics suggest that up to 75% of children in foster care are separated from at least one of their siblings.
“Children already experience loss as a result of separation from their parents but add to that the loss of contact with siblings and it can further compound the trauma a child faces as they enter foster care,” said Gail Biro, DePelchin Vice President of Child Welfare. “Of the 3,000 children in foster care removed from their families last year, 96% had siblings. DePelchin believes it is our responsibility as a community to help children during times of distress, and the number one way we can is providing loving foster homes for siblings to stay together.”
Anyone with a desire to care for children and the ability to provide a safe, loving home can become a foster parent. Foster parents can be homeowners, renters, married, single, working or retired. Attending the Foster Parent Information Session is the first step in the process followed by pre-service training and participating in a home study. For more information and to register for the Foster Parent Information Session, visit depelchin.org
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.