In an effort to find more foster and adoptive families in the El Paso area, the CARE (Child Advocacy Recruitment Effort) Coalition will hold an information/recruiting event this week.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the El Paso Museum of History located at 510 N. Santa Fe Street in conjunction with Last Thursdays El Paso.
Information will be provided on foster/adoption subjects like post-adoption financial assistance programs, birth parent issues and more. Attendees will be able to ask questions directly to foster/adoption experts.
“Adopting a child is not as difficult as some people believe,” officials shared via a news release. “The legal process is simple, and in many instances, families receive financial assistance from the government to help pay additional expenses.”
Child Protective Services (CPS) currently has 64 El Paso area children waiting for adoption. Licensed foster homes for older children are also in demand with 297 El Paso area children in state substitute care due to abuse or neglect.
The Heart Gallery of El Paso, a traveling photo exhibit of area foster children looking for adoptive families, will be on display at the August 29th event.
The Heart Gallery project is a collaborative effort by CPS, child placement agencies, adoption advocates and professional photographers who volunteer their time to take stirring portraits that capture the amazing spirit and individuality of these special children.
More than 250,000 children are placed into the foster care system in the United States every year with more than 23,000 children “aging out” of the system without a permanent, loving family.
More information is available on the Texas Adoption Resource Exchange (TARE) website.