The Region 11 Child Protective Services will be hosting a series of informational meetings for individuals interested in learning how to become foster parents.

"What these classes are designed to do is allow anyone who is interested in being a foster parent to come and learn information on what they need to do to make that happen," Public information officer John Lennan said. "It's not so much a class as it as an open meeting with participation from the audience."

Lennan said there are more than 350 children in the Coastal Bend area in need of a foster home, as well as more than 6,000 around the state. The idea behind the meetings is to allow people to gain more knowledge on the process of adopting a child.

"It gives the public a chance to find out more information and to find out if this is something they would like to do," Lennan said.