As incidents of child abuse and neglect continue to leave El Paso children in need of foster or adoptive homes, the 65th District Court and CARE (Child Advocacy Recruitment Effort) Coalition along with other community organizations that work with abused and neglected children, will host an foster/adoptive parent recruiting event.
During FY 2016, Texas Child Protective Services confirmed 2,015 victims of child abuse/neglect in El Paso County. Currently, there are 252 children in foster homes, and 70 minors who are ready and waiting to be adopted.
The CARE Coalition recruiting event is set for Thursday July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Office Building located at 501 Hawkins.
During the foster/adoption recruiting fair, interested families and individuals will learn about the requirements to adopt a child in Texas and about the financial assistance the government offers to help pay for some of the expenses of the child.
“Through our efforts, we hope to encourage participation at whatever level prospective parents may assist,” CARE officials added, “Become an adoptive parent, a foster parent, a mentor, a school volunteer, a community volunteer, a child advocate. The possibilities are endless and the rewards are great. Join us inputting the needs of our community’s children first….Care with us.”
The El Paso CARE (Child Advocacy Recruitment Effort) Coalition is a committee comprised of court officials, prosecutors, elected officials, social service agencies, foster parents, adoptive parents, law enforcement agents and community activists. The Coalition was created through an initiative of the Model Court of the 65th District Court of El Paso County.
The event is open to the public with both English and Spanish language available. For more information, please contact Bianca Avila at 915-521- 3870 or Bianca.Avila@dfps.state.tx.us.