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About Us

Our Vision

We envision a world in which every child is safe and healthy.

Our Mission

We strengthen the lives of children by enhancing their mental health and physical well-being.

DePelchin Children’s Center believes that every child deserves to be safe and healthy.   An accredited foster care and adoption agency, DePelchin serves the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and works to break the cycles of abuse and neglect.  Our approach to caring for children integrates prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system.  Founded in 1892, DePelchin is a nonprofit organization with locations throughout Houston and across Texas and gratefully receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government grants and the United Way.

Senior Staff Members

Jenifer Jarriel, President/Chief Executive Officer
Brian Pate, Senior VP/Chief Financial Officer
Wanda Woody-Roberts, Senior VP/Human Resources
Lisa Garces, M.P.P, CFRE, Senior VP/Advancement
Corrine M. Walijarvi, PhD, LMSW, VP/Child Welfare and Strategic Planning
Julie Crowe, LMSW, VP/Prevention and Early Intervention Services