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 have also been invited to be on hand to present information on becoming an adoptive/foster parent.

As of this summer, there are 350 children in the South Texas region and sixty-four hundred children state wide who are legally free for adoption.

In the Rio Grande Valley

Meeting/Presentations start at 6 p.m.

Wednesday August 21 and, Wednesday September 25,

South Texas College Weslaco North Academic Building room G-173

400 N. Border, Weslaco, Texas

Attendees to use parking lots 1 and 2 (only)

For more information on becoming an adoptive family or to arrange for a group meeting contact: CPS Adoption Recruiter Norma Robles 956-969-9239

In Webb County /Laredo

Meetings/Presentations start at 6 p.m.

Monday August 19 and, Monday September 9, 2013

DFPS Offices

1500 N. Arkansas, Laredo, Texas

For more information on becoming an adoptive family or to arrange for a group meeting contact: CPS Adoption Recruiter Cornelia Munoz-Garza 361-878-7539

In Nueces County/Corpus Christi

Meetings/Presentations start at 6 p.m.

Monday August 12 and Monday September 16

Northwest Library / Owen R. Hopkins Public Library

3202 McKinzie Road, Corpus Christi, Texas

For more information on becoming an adoptive family or to arrange for a group meeting contact: CPS 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.

Visit our website at www.adoptchildren.org for more information about adoption in Texas.