The public is invited to the Department of Family and Protective Services- adoption information meetings being held throughout South Texas. Anyone who is interested in learning more about becoming an adoptive family is invited to attend the free public information session.

The meetings will consist of a presentation along with a question & answer session with a regional adoption recruiter. Representatives from several South Texas Child Placing Agencies will also be on hand to present information on becoming an adoptive parent.

As of the start of the 2013 year, there are 359 children in the South Texas region and sixty-one hundred children state wide who are legally free for adoption.

In the Rio Grande Valley

Meeting/presentations are held on Wednesdays and start at 7:00 PM

January 23rd, February 20th, March 20th, April 24th, and May 15th

South Texas College Weslaco North Academic Building room G-173

400 N. Border, Weslaco, TX Attendees to use parking lots 1 and 2 (only)

For more information contact: Adoption Recruiter Norma Robles 956-969-9239

In Webb County /Laredo

Meetings/Presentations start at 6 p.m., Thursday January 17th, Monday February 11th, Monday March 18th

DFPS Offices

1500 N. Arkansas, Laredo, TX

For more information contact: Adoption Recruiter Cornelia Munoz-Garza 361-878-7539

In Nueces County/Corpus Christi

Meetings/Presentations start at 6 p.m., Monday January 14th, Tuesday February 12th, Monday March 11th, Monday April 22nd, Monday May 13th

Northwest Library

3202 McKinzie Road, Corpus Christi, TX

For more information contact: Adoption Recruiter Cornelia Munoz-Garza 361-878-7539

Basic Requirements for prospective adoptive parents may be single or married and must:

be at least 21 years of age, financially stable, and responsible mature adults, complete an application (staff will assist you, if you prefer), share information regarding their background and lifestyle, provide relative and non-relative references, show proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable), agree to a home study which includes visits with all household members, allow staff to complete a criminal history background check and an abuse/neglect check on all adults in the household, and attend free training to learn about issues of abused and neglected children. The training provides an opportunity for the family and DFPS to assess whether foster care or adoption is best for the family. The family may withdraw from the meetings at any time. There is no charge for the meetings. Foster/adoptive parents generally train together.