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2013 National Adoption Month Events

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Map of DFPS regions

Region 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Region 1

November 1-30:
Lubbock: Sat. 5:00pm/Sunday 10:00 and 11:30. Heart Gallery of the South Plains. Heart Gallery display open to congregation and community. Experience Life Church, 103rd and Upland and 1313 13th Street, Lubbock. Contact: Karen Tipton, karen.tipton@dfps.state.tx.us, 806-742-9414.
November 2-3, 9-10, 16-17:
Lubbock: Sat. 5:00pm/Sunday 10:00 and 11:30. 3-week teaching series and prayer services on fostercare and adoption -- open to congregation and community. Experience Life Church, 103rd and Upland and 1313 13th Street, Lubbock. Contact: Karen Tipton, karen.tipton@dfps.state.tx.us, 806-742-9414.
November 3:
Lubbock: 8:30am - 1:00pm, LIAC (Lubbock Interagency Adoption Council) Orphan Day. Collaboration of churches and agencies -- open to congregation and community. Hillside Christian church, 6202 Milwaukee, Lubbock. Contact: Karen Tipton, karen.tipton@dfps.state.tx.us, 806-742-9414.
November 21:
Canyon: 8:30 a.m., National Adoption Day. 20 Adoption consummations - "Superman Was Adopted" theme, children will dress as favorite Super Hero. Randall County Courthouse, Canyon. Contact: Micah Smith, 806-677-1354, micah.smith@dfps.state.tx.us.
November 22:
Lubbock: 1:00 p.m., National Adoption Day. Balloon Launch, reception and adoption consummations at courthouse. 1302 Crickets Ave., Lubbock (march to Lubbock County Court House). Contact: Karen Tipton, karen.tipton@dfps.state.tx.us, 806-742-9414.

Region 2

November 4:
Brown County: 1:30 p.m., Adoption Day, Court will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the District Courtroom with Judge Stephen Ellis presiding. The Brown County Child Welfare Board will be hosting a luncheon to honor the adoptive children and families at 11:30 a.m. on November 4th at the Family Services Center, conference room.  A balloon release will follow at 12:45 p.m. outside the Family Services Center.  Participants: Families, volunteers the Brown County CWB,and CPS staff. Location: At the Wichita County Courthouse at 10:00AM: Judge King. Contact: Betty Moore ISY Supervisor Foster/Adopt Supervisor 2400 Crockett Drive Brownwood, Texas 325-641-7146 325-998-4639 - Cell
November 15:
Brownwood: Adoption Day. Adoptions will be held at the Taylor County Courthouse. Reception following adoptions. Participants: Families, volunteers the Taylor County CWB,and CPS staff. Location: Family Services Center, conference room. 901 Avenue B, Brownwood, TX 76801. Contact: Sandee S. Tezaguic, LBSW CPS Conservatorship Supervisor II 925 Lamar Street, Suite 5100 Wichita Falls, TX 76301 940/235-1936 Office.
November 23:
Wichita County: 10:00 a.m., Adoption Day. Adoptions will be held at the Wichita County Courthouse, Judge King. *Celebrations afterward: Riverbend Nature Center. Families, volunteers, and CPS staff will celebrate at Riverbend Nature center with a hot dog meal, games and gifts from the CAP committee, Patsy's House and the Wichita County CWB. Participants: Families, volunteers, CAP committee, Patsy's House and the Wichita County CWB, Emergency Teen Shelter, and CPS staff. Location: Adoptions will be held at the Wichita County Courthouse. *Celebrations afterward: Riverbend Nature Center 2200 3rd StreetWichita Falls, TX 76301 Get directions ‎ (940) 767-0843 riverbendnaturecenter.org. Contact: Sandee S. Tezaguic, LBSW CPS Conservatorship Supervisor II 925 Lamar Street, Suite 5100 Wichita Falls, TX 76301 940/235-1936 Office or Keri Goins, Patsy's House ED 1411 Tenth Street, Wichita Falls, TX 940/322-8890
 

Region 3

 
November 8:
Denton: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., National Adoption Day. Adoptions of Denton County children with food, fun, family pictures, bears, books. Relatives and Friends of families who are consummating adoptions, Denton County CASA, Denton County Attorneys,, CPS. Denton County Court House,1450 E McKinney St., Denton, TX. Contact: Shannon Matsumoto, FAD (Foster/Adopt) Supervisor, SHANNON.MATSUMOTO@dfps.state.tx.us.
November 15:
Sherman: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., National Adoption Day. Adoptions of Grayson County children with family photos, food, bears, books. Relatives and Friends of families who are consummating adoptions, CASA, Child Welfare Board of Grayson County, Judges, Private attorneys, CPS. Grayson County House, 200 S Crockett, Sherman, TX. Contact: Jerry Scott, FAD (Foster/Adopt) Supervisor, JERRY.SCOTT@dfps.state.tx.us.
November 22:
Fort Worth: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., National Adoption Day. Adoptions of Tarrant County children with food, fun activities, teddy bears, books, family pictures. Relatives and Friends of families who are consummating adoptions, Tarrant County CASA, Texas Wesleyn Young Attorneys Association, Judges, CPS. Family Court Center, 200 E Weatherford, Fort Worth Texas. Contact: Deatra Gills, FAD (Foster/Adopt) Supervisor, DEATRA.GILLS@dfps.state.tx.us.
November 23:
McKinney: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., National Adoption Day. Adoptions of Collin County Children with food and fun activities, bears, books, family pictures. Relatives and Friends of families who are consummating adoptions, Collin County CASA, CPS Child Welfare Board, Young Lawyers Association of Collin, Collin County DA, Ad-Litems, Judges (5), CPS. Collin County Courthouse, 2100 Bloomdale Rd, McKinney, TX. Contact: Jerry Scott, FAD (Foster/Adopt) Supervisor, JERRY.SCOTT@dfps.state.tx.us.
November 23:
Dallas: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., National Adoption Day.Adoptions of Dallas County children with food, fun activities, teddy bears, family photos. Relatives and Friends of families who are consummating adoptions, Dallas County CASA, Dallas County Juvenile staff, Judges, attorneys, CPS. Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center, 2600 Lone Star, Dallas, TX. Contact: Melody Rockwell, FAD (Foster/Adopt) Director, MELODY.ROCKWELL@dfps.state.tx.us.

Region 4

November 7:
New Boston: 9 a.m., Bowie County National Adoption Day. Proclamation, Heart Gallery, Adoptions, food and gifts for children, possible media coverage. Adoptive families and children, CPS, CASA, Child Welfare Board, Courts. Bowie County Courthouse, 710 James Bowie Drive, New Boston. Contact: Melanie Latimore, 430-342-2488
November 15:
Tyler: 9:30 a.m., Smith County National Adoption Day. Adoptions, children's activities, food, gifts, family photos. Adoptive families and children, CPS, CASA, Child Welfare Board, Courts. Rose Heights Church 2120 Old Omen Road, Tyler, TX. Contact: Mandy Bryan 903-533-5146

Region 5

November 7:
Nacogdoches: 9 a.m., Nacogdoches County National Adoption Day. Proclamation, Heart Gallery, Adoptions, probably media coverage. Adoptive families and children, CPS, CASA, Child Welfare Board, Courts. Presenting "Service above Self Award" and Two Spotlight Families will speak. Nacogdoches County Courthouse, 101 West Main Street, Nacogdoches, TX. Contact: Kelli Slaga 936-679-3699.
November 7:
Nacogdoches: time - to be announced, Nacogdoches Reception. Food and reception, gifts for adoptive families and children. Adoptive families and children, CPS, CASA, Child Welfare Board, Courts; Project 1:27 volunteers. Reception and Gifts Provided by Project 1:27. Fredonia Hill Baptist Church, 1711 South Street, Nacogdoches, TX, fellowhsip hall. Contact: Kelli Slaga 936-679-3699.
November 12:
Lufkin: 9 a.m., Angelina County National Adoption Day.Proclamation, Heart Gallery, Adoptions, probable media coverage. Reception elsewhere, but I don't know the location right now. Adoptive families and children, CPS, CASA, Child Welfare Board, Courts. Angelina County Courthouse, 215 East Lufkin Avenue, Lufkin, TX. Contact: Kelli Slaga 936-679-3699.
November 14:
Livingston: 1:30 p.m., Polk County National Adoption Day Celebration. Adoptions followed by reception in the courthouse lobby. Adoptive families and children, CPS, CASA, Child Welfare Board, Courts. Polk County Courthouse, 101 W Church St Livingston. Contact: Kelli Slaga 936-679-3699.
November 14:
Orange: 10:00 a.m., Orange County National Adoption Day. Adoptions, gifts for children. Adoptive families and children, CPS, CASA, Child Welfare Board, Courts. Orange County Courthouse, 801 West Division Street, Orange, TX. Contact: Kelli Guidry, 409-670-4511.
November 22:
Beaumont: 9:00 a.m., Jefferson County National Adoption Day. Adoptions followed by reception in the courhouse. Adoptive families and children, CPS, CASA, Child Welfare Board, Courts. Jefferson County Courthouse, 1149 Pearl St Beaumont. Receptions provided by Jefferson County Bar Association. Contact: Shari Pulliam 409-951-3351

Region 6

November 4:
Liberty: 10:00 a.m., National Adoption Day. Adoption of 10 children. Partipants: CASA, CWB, BACA and CPS staff. Liberty City Hall, Liberty Texas. Contact: Leshia Fisher, Program Director (936) 525-2170
November 18:
Hempstead: 9:00 a.m., National Adoption Day. Adoption consummations. Participants: adoptive parents/children; community. Waller County Courthouse, 836 Austin St #216, Hempstead, Texas 77445. Contact: Josephine Van Duren-Wilson, Caseworker - (979) 865-7223.
November 20:
Angleton: 9:00 a.m., National Adoption Day. Adoption consummations. Participants: adoptive parents/children; community. Brazoria County Courthouse, Angleton, TX. Contact: Jwana Massey, CPS Caseworker - (979) 709-9774
November 20:
Conroe: 12:00 p.m., Montgomery County Adoption Day. Adoption of 10 children. Partipants: CPS staff, casa, CWB, City of Conroe, Montgomery County, Attorney group, cps court, and other community stakeholders. Contact: Leshia Fisher, Program Director (936) 525-2170
November 22:
Rosenberg: 8:30 a.m., National Adoption Day. Adoption consummations. Participants: adoptive parents/children; community. Ft. Bend County Courthouse. Rosenberg, Tx. Contact: Lindsey Moss, CPS Supervisor - (832) 595-3025
November 22:
Houston: 9:30 a.m., Harris County National Adoption Day. Adoption day consummations in the 313th, 314th, and 315th Judicial District Courts. Vince Ryan, Attorney's office, will be in attendance and Harris County judges (Glenn Devlin, John Phillips, Michael Schneider.) Each child will receive a stuffed animal. Reception will be held with cake, punch, family first photos, crafts and games. Participants: Adoptive parents, local media, Child placing agencies, Harris County Attorney's office, Agency PIO, and adoption prep staff. 1200 Congress, Houston, TX 77002. Contact: Patricia Johnson - 713.394.4278 and/or Wyndi McPeters-Grant - (713) 394-4034, Adoption Prep Program Directors.
November 23:
Galveston: 9:00 a.m., National Adoption Day. Adoption consummations. Participants: adoptive parents/children; community. Galveston county courthouse, Galveston Texas. Contact: Debra Ross, CPS Supervisor - (409)766-5944

Region 7

November 7:
Austin: 9:00 a.m., Adoption Day. Adoption Proceedings. Adoptive families, children, staff, CASA, commmunity. Travis County Gardner Betts. Contact: Holly Benningfield 512-695-8113
November 9:
Burnet county: 10:00 a.m., Adoption Day. Adoption Proceedings. Adoptive families, children, staff, CASA, commmunity. Burnet County . Contact: Jennifer Burns 512-948-1309
November 12:
Austin: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.., Adoption Forum. Reverend Ray Hendricks, Rehoboth Baptist Church and the Advisory Committee on Promoting Adoption of Minority Children invite you to join the efforts of local churches and community groups across Texas to find forever families for children. RSVP to attend this informative Community Forum and discover how you can help ensure that every child has a loving family and a safe place to call home. Where: Rehoboth Baptist Church 5303 Samuel Houston Avenue, Austin, Texas 78721. Directions: From IH-35headed north Turn right onto E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Turn right onto Heflin Ln, Turn right onto Webberville Rd, Take the 1st left onto Samuel Houston Ave. Please RSVP at 512-438-5523 or jamie.johnson3@dfps.state.tx.us
November 14:
Bell county: 9:00 a.m., Adoption Day. Adoption Proceedings. Adoptive families, children, staff, CASA, commmunity. Bell County . Contact: Charlotte Hopman 254-449-6972
November 15:
Brazos county: 1:00 p.m., Adoption Day. Adoption Proceedings. Adoptive families, children, staff, CASA, commmunity. Brazos County - Brazos Courthouse. Contact: Andrea Barnett 254-750-9342
November 15:
Bryan: 1:00 p.m., Adoption Day. Adoption Proceedings. Adoptive families, children, staff, CASA, commmunity. Commissioner's Court, Bryan, Texas. Contact: Andrea Barnett 254-750-9342
November 22:
Waco: 1:00 p.m., Adoption Day. Adoption Proceedings. Adoptive families, children, staff, CASA, commmunity. Baylor Law School, Bryan, Texas. Contact: Andrea Barnett 254-750-9342
November 25:
Boulder Springs: 9 a.m., Adoption Day. Adoption Proceedings. Adoptive families, children, staff, CASA, commmunity. Boulder Springs. Contact: Holly Benningfield 512-695-8113
November 26:
Williamson county: 1 p.m., Williamson County National Adoption Day Ceremony and Celebration. Williamson County Courthouse, 405 Martin Luther King Blvd. Contact: Jennifer Burns 512-948-1309

Region 8

November 1:
San Antonio: 10 a.m., Adoption Day. Mass Adoption Event. Families adopting children. Freeman Colliseum- Expo Hall -3201 E. Houston, San Antonio, TX 78219. Contact: Deborah North- 210-337-3382.
November 2:
San Antonio: TARE Day in the Park. Children are being photographed for TARE . Participants: Foster children available for adoption invited to the event. Not open to public but professional photographers interested in donating their time and service please contact POC for more information. Contact: Hope Moss (210) 337-3027
November 3:
San Antonio: 8:00 a.m.-12:00p.m., Heart Gallery Display. Children available for adoption are being displayed. Open to the Public. For more information about having a Heart Gallery Displayed and your church, agency, or business please contact Hope Moss for more information. Ecumenical Service Davis-Scott YMCA, 1213 Iowa Street, San Antonio, TX 78203. Contact: Hope Moss (210) 337-3027
November 3:
Boerne: 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., Heart Gallery Display. Children available for adoption are being displayed. Open to the Public. For more information about having a Heart Gallery Displayed and your church, agency, or business please contact Hope Moss for more information. Nineteen:Ten Church, 130 Sisterdale Rd., Boerne, Texas. Contact: Hope Moss (210) 337-3027
November 3:
San Antonio: 8:30-9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Heart Gallery Display. Children available for adoption are being displayed. Open to the Public. For more information about having a Heart Gallery Displayed and your church, agency, or business please contact Hope Moss for more information. Northside Church of Christ. Contact: Hope Moss (210) 337-3027
November 19:
San Antonio: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Adoption Fair, Open to the Public, DFPS Office, 3635 SE Military Drive, San Antonio, TX 78223. Contact: Deborah North- 210-337-3382
November 25:
San Antonio: 9:30 a.m., Mass Adoption, Adoptions for families in Comal, Kendall, and Guadalupe Counties. Participants: Families adopting children. 1723 Herbelin Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78132. Contact: Deborah North- 210-337-3382.

Region 9

Region 10

 
November 13:
El Paso: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CARE Conference. Annual conference for foster & adoptive families & social workers. Participants: foster/adoptive families, social workers. Location: 11670 Chito Samaniego, El Paso, TX 79936. Contact: Ruth Fierro (915) 834-8216.
November 23:
El Paso: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., National Adoption Day, adoption of several foster children and celebration. Participants: foster/adoptive families, social workers. Location: 500 E. San Antonio, El Paso County Courthouse - 11th floor- 65th Judicial District Court. Contact: Ruth Fierro (915) 834-8216

Region 11

 
November 6:
Webb County: 6:30 p.m. Heart Gallery Opening of South Texas. Pictures of children up for adoption on display. Community/Certified Adoptive Parents. Laredo Center of the Arts. 500 San Agustin. Webb county. Contact: John Lennan Media Specialist Cell# 361-876-6387
November 7:
Brownsville: 6:30 p.m., Heart Gallery Opening of South Texas. Pictures of children up for adoption on display. Community/Certified Adoptive Parents. Children's Museum 501 Ringgold St Brownsvlle, TX Cameron County. Contact: John Lennan Media Specialist Cell# 361-876-6387
November 11:
Corpus Christi: 6:00 p.m., Adoption Recruitment Meeting. Public. Northwest Library 3202 McKinzie Rd Corpus Christi, TX. Contact: John Lennan Media Specialist Cell# 361-876-6387
November 12:
Corpus Christi: 6:30 p.m., Heart Gallery Opening of South Texas. Pictures of children up for adoption on display. Community/Certified Adoptive Parents. Garcia Arts Center 2011 Agnes Corpus Christi, TX Nueces County. Contact: John Lennan Media Specialist Cell# 361-876-6387
November 13:
Weslaco: 6:00 p.m., Adoption Recruitment Meeting. Public. STC-RM G130 400 N. Border Weslaco, TX. Public. Contact: John Lennan Media Specialist Cell# 361-876-6387
November 14:
Hidalgo county: TBA, Heart Gallery Opening of South Texas. Pictures of children up for adoption on display. Community/Certified Adoptive Parents. Contact: John Lennan Media Specialist Cell# 361-876-6387
November 15:
Webb county: 9:00 a.m., Adoption Day. Consummation. Adoptive Parents & children, relatives, CPS Staff. 406th District Court Webb County. Contact: John Lennan Media Specialist Cell# 361-876-6387
November 17:
Nueces county: 11:00 a.m., Heart & Soul Gallery - Calling Out. Public. TBA Nueces County. Contact: John Lennan Media Specialist Cell# 361-876-6387
November 18:
Laredo: 6:00 p.m., Adoption Recruitment Meeting. Public. DFPS Office 1500 Arkansas Laredo, Texas. Contact: John Lennan Media Specialist Cell# 361-876-6387
November 20:
Brownsville: 10:00 a.m. , Adoption Day, 138th District Court, Judge Arturo Nelson Presiding, Cameron County Court House, Brownsville Texas. Contact: Jesse De Leon (956)244-3924
November 22:
Corpus Christi: 10:00 a.m., Adoption Day. Consummation. Adoptive parents and children, CPS staff. County Court at Law # 5 2310 Golihar Corpus Christi, TX. Contact: John Lennan Media Specialist Cell# 361-876-6387
November 26:
Edinburg: 1:30 p.m., Adoption Day, 430th Judicial Court, Judge Israel Ramon Jr Presiding , Hidalgo County Courthouse Annex, Edinburg Texas Contact: Jesse De Leon (956)244-3924
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                   
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