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National Adoption Month Events

November is National Adoption Month, and November 17 is National Adoption Day. As details arrive, we're announcing adoption fairs, mass adoption ceremonies, and other events all over Texas!

In the meantime, share our videos and other Why Not Me? campaign materials with your friends, within your faith-based community, or on social media. Remember, children never outgrow the need for parents!

Panhandle & South Plains

DFPS Region 1

Canyon

Randall County National Adoption Day – Thursday, November 15, 9:00 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day event theme is "Luke and Leia were adopted." Characters from "Star Wars" will be present, with photo booth and goodie bags for the children. Total of 18 children expected to be adopted by 13 families.
  • Location: Randall County District Courthouse, 2309 Russell Long Blvd, Canyon, TX 79015
  • Participants: Open to Public
  • Contact: Micah Smith (806) 570-5344

Lubbock

Lubbock County National Adoption Day – Friday, November 16, 9:00 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day event theme is Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You’ll Go." Total of 21 children expected to be adopted by 14 families.
  • Location: Lubbock County Courthouse, 904 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401
  • Participants: Open to Public
  • Contact: Renee Davis (806) 543-9832

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North Texas

DFPS Regions 2 and 3

Abilene

National Adoption Day – November 16, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Description: Celebration of National Adoption Day with the adoption of 8 children. Reception for families to follow at the courthouse.
  • Location: Abilene County Courthouse, 300 Oak Street #100, Abilene, Texas 79602
  • Participants: Open to Public
  • Contact: Amy Rogers (325) 269-8583

Brownwood

National Adoption Day – November 9, 10:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Description: Celebration of National Adoption Day with the adoption of 6 children.
  • Location: Brown County Courthouse, 200 S. Broadway St. #212
  • Participants: Open to Public
  • Contact: Amy Rogers (325) 269-8583

Corsicana

Navarro County National Adoption Day – November 14, 2018, 8:30am- 10:00am

  • Description: Join us in celebrating 7 children joining their forever families.
  • Location: Navarro County Courthouse, 300 W 3rd Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110, 13th District Courtroom 2nd floor for the hearings. Reception will take place in the Commissioner’s Conference Room in the basement.
  • Participants: Friends and family of the participants, as well as community stakeholders are welcome to attend.
  • Contact: Grace Ford (903) 467-7659

Dallas

National Adoption Day Proclamation – November 6, 2018; 9:00 AM

  • Description: Recognizing National Adoption Day thru a Proclamation from the Dallas County Commissioners Court sponsored by Commissioner Theresa Daniel, Dallas County Child Welfare Board, & Dallas CASA.
  • Location: 411 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75202
  • Participants: Open to the Public. Community Stakeholders along with DFPS employees, Dallas County Child Welfare Board, Dallas CASA.
  • Contact: Tim Sexton, Chairman of Dallas County Child Welfare Board

Denton

Denton County National Adoption Day Event – December 1, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Description: Consummation of adoptions and celebratory activities
  • Location: Denton County Courthouse, 1450 E. McKinney St., Denton, Texas 76209
  • Participants: Adoptive families and their support system; judges, attorney, CPS, CASA, committee members, volunteers. Closed to the public.
  • Contact: Jennifer Schultz

Fort Worth

Gladney Center Adoption Day – November 2, 10:15 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Description: Adoption Consummation Ceremony
  • Location: Gladney Center, 6300 John Ryan Rd., Fort Worth, Texas
  • Participants: Gladney Center Staff, DFPS, Adoptive families and their support system; judges, attorneys. open to the public
  • Contact: Brynn Obermeier (817) 718-7113

National Adoption Day Ceremony – November 16, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Description: Consummation of adoptions and celebratory activities
  • Location: Tarrant County Law Center, 200 East Weatherford, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
  • Participants: Adoptive families and their support system; judges, attorneys, committee members, CPS, CASA, and volunteers. Open to the public
  • Contact: Robley Sicard

Wichita Falls

National Adoption Day – November 16, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Description: Celebration of National Adoption Day with the adoption of 7 children. Reception for families to follow at the courthouse.
  • Location: Wichita County Courthouse in the 30th District Courtroom, 900 7th Street, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
  • Participants: Open to Public
  • Contact: Debbie Key (940) 613-8059

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East Texas

DFPS Region 4

Longview

Gregg County National Adoption Day - November 9, 9:00 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day - Gregg County
  • Location: Gregg County courthouse, 101 E. Methvin, Longview, TX 75601
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders
  • Contact: Charlotte Sanders, Adoption Supervisor (936) 615-2883

Marshall

Harrison County National Adoption Day - November 15, 1:00 PM

  • Description: National Adoption Day - Harrison County
  • Location: Harrison County Courthouse Annex, Marshall, Texas
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders
  • Contact: Charlotte Sanders- Adoption Supervisor (936) 615-2883

New Boston

Bowie County National Adoption Day - November 28, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day - Bowie County
  • Location: Bowie County Courthouse, 710 James Bowie, New Boston, TX
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders
  • Contact: Charlotte Sanders, Adoption Supervisor (936) 615-2883

Tyler

Smith County National Adoption Day - November 16, 9:30 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day, Smith County
  • Location: Green Acres Baptist Church, 1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler, TX
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders.
  • Contact: Kelli Faussett (903) 373-2574

Paris

National Adoption Day- Lamar County, November 5th, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Description: National Adoption Day- Lamar County
  • Location: Lamar County Courthouse, 4th Floor Jury Room, Paris, Texas
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders.
  • Contact: Kim Story - 903-495-5974

Rusk

Cherokee County National Adoption Day - November 26, 9:00 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day - Cherokee County
  • Location: Cherokee County Courthouse, Rusk, Texas
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders.
  • Contact: Mandy Bryan (903) 279-2545

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Southeast Texas

DFPS Regions 5 and 6

Throughout the Region

Orphan Sunday - November 11

  • Description: Community awareness of the children in foster care
  • Location: All surrounding churches in Region 6B
  • Participants: Community
  • Contact: Leslie Labaree, DFPS Faith-Based Specialist

Conroe

Montgomery County National Adoption Day - November 14

  • Description: Recognize children who are consummating with their forever families
  • Location: 301 N. Main St. Conroe, TX 77301
  • Participants: Adoptive parents, children being adopted, DFPS staff
  • Contact: Marcella Herrera, DFPS Adoption Prep Supervisor

Galveston

Galveston County National Adoption Day - November 17

  • Description: Recognize children who are consummating with their forever families
  • Location: 600 59th St. Galveston, TX 77551
  • Participants: Adoptive parents, children being adopted, DFPS staff
  • Contact: Teleza Burrell, DFPS Adoption Prep Supervisor

Houston

Harris County National Adoption Day – November 16, 2018, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • Description: Recognize National Adoption Day in Harris County Juvenile and Family Courts
  • Location: Juvenile Center at 1200 Congress Avenue, Houston Texas 77002
  • Participants: Adoptive Parents and children being adopted will attend along with adoption prep and FAD staff
  • Contact: Charline Toney and Dalen Dilieto

Jasper

Jasper County National Adoption Day - November 21, 9:30 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day - Jasper County
  • Location:  Jasper County Courthouse, 121 N. Austin St., Jasper TX
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga (936) 645-1786

Liberty

Liberty and Chambers County National Adoption Day - November 26

  • Description: Recognize children who are consummating with their forever families
  • Location: 1923 Sam Houston St. Liberty, TX 77575
  • Participants: Adoptive parents, children being adopted, DFPS staff
  • Contact: Teleza Burrell, DFPS Adoption Prep Supervisor

Lufkin

Angelina County Adoption Day - November 28, 9:00 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day - Angelina County
  • Location: Angelina County Courthouse, 215 E. Lufkin TX
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders. 
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga (936) 645-1786

Nacogdoches

National Adoption Day - Nacogdoches County, November 15, 9:00 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day - Nacogdoches County
  • Location: Nacogdoches County Courthouse, 101 W. Main, Nacogdoches, TX
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders. 
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga (936) 645-1786

Orange

Orange County National Adoption Day - November 9, 10:00 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day - Orange County
  • Location: Orange County Commissioner’s Courthouse,  123 S 6th St., Orange TX
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga (936) 645-1786

Richmond

Fort Bend County National Adoption Day - November 16

  • Description: Recognize children who are consummating with their forever families
  • Location: 1517 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, TX 77469
  • Participants: Adoptive parents, children being adopted, DFPS staff
  • Contact: Teleza Burrell, DFPS Adoption Prep Supervisor

Spring

Fostering Hope Texas Next Steps Community Information Summit - November 17, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Description: The focus is to provide opportunities of education, support, encouragement, and empowerment, to those seeking to engage and succeed in caring for our community’s orphans.
  • Location: WoodsEdge Community Church 25333 Gosling Road, Spring, TX 77389
  • Participants: Community, Child Placing Agencies
  • Contact: Orphancaresolutions.com

Woodville

Tyler County Adoption Day - November 19, 10:00 AM

  • Description: National Adoption Day - Tyler County
  • Location: Tyler County Courthouse, 100 W. Bluff Ste. 203, Woodville, TX 
  • Participants: Children, families, staff, external stakeholders
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga (936) 645-1786

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Central Texas

DFPS Regions 7 and 8

Austin

Travis County Adoption Day – November 1, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

  • Location: Travis County Gardner Betts Justice Center, 2515 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
  • Participants: Open to public
  • Contact: Amber Hart (512) 927-7175

Bastrop

Bastrop County Adoption Day – November 13, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Location: Bastrop County Courthouse, 804 Pecan St., Bastrop, TX 78602
  • Participants:  Open to public
  • Contact: Bonnie Rushing (512) 878-7646

Belton

Bell County Adoption Day – November 16, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Location: 1201 Huey Rd., Belton, TX 76513
  • Participants: Open to public
  • Contact: Jannet Sanchez (254) 432-2345

Boerne

Cinema Night – Week 11/16 - 11/18 (Friday 1pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, Sunday 9:30am-1:30pm)

  • Description: Viewing instant family. Hoping to start a family. A couple looks to the foster care system to make their dreams come true. CPS representatives will be on-site with information to get you started.
  • Location: Starplex Theater @ Boerne 205 Old San Antonio Rd, Boerne, TX 78006
  • Participants: Adoptive families, Child Protective Services staff
  • Contact: 1-800-233-3405

Bryan/College Station

Brazos County Adoption Day – November 14, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Location: Brazos County Administration Building, 200 Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX 77803
  • Participants: Open to public
  • Contact: Tiffany Stewart (979) 774-6742

Burnet

Burnet County Adoption Day – November 10, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Location: 1701 E Polk St, Burnet, TX 78611
  • Participants: Open to public
  • Contact: Jennifer Burns (512) 948-1309

Del Rio

Cinema Night – Week 11/16 - 11/18

  • Description: Viewing instant family. Hoping to start a family. A couple looks to the foster care system to make their dreams come true. CPS representatives will be on-site with information to get you started. Set up an information table across the mall hallway.
  • Location: Cinemark 8 @ Del Rio 2205 Veterans Blvd, Del Rio, TX 78840
  • Participants: Adoptive families, Child Protective Services staff
  • Contact: 1-800-233-3405

Georgetown

Williamson County Adoption Day – November 2, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Location: Williamson County Courthouse, 405 Martin Luther King St., Georgetown, TX 78626
  • Participants:  Open to public
  • Contact: Jennifer Burns (512) 948-1309

Hillsboro

Hill County Adoption Day – November 9, 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM

  • Location: Hill College campus, Performing Arts Center, 112 Lamar Drive, Hillsboro, TX 76645
  • Participants:  Open to public
  • Contact: Stephanie Conner (254) 292-3927

Jourdanton

South Central Texas Adoption Day – November 29, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Description: Judge Melissa DeGerolami will sign a proclamation recognizing National Adoption Month and will consummate several adoptions. The families will then be honored with a luncheon and kids will enjoy an afternoon of fun.
  • Location: Atascosa County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Circle Drive, Jourdanton, TX 78026; Reception to follow at Jourdanton Community Library located at 1101 Campbell Avenue, Jourdanton, TX 78026
  • Participants: adoptive children and families along with CPS and stakeholders
  • Contact: Judge Melissa DeGerolami

New Braunfels

Cinema Night – Week 11/16 - 11/18 (Friday)

  • Description: Viewing instant family. Hoping to start a family. A couple looks to the foster care system to make their dreams come true. CPS representatives will be on-site with information to get you started.
  • Location: Creekside Cinemas 14 214 Creekside Way, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Setting up table on Friday.
  • Participants: Adoptive families, Child Protective Services staff
  • Contact: 1-800-233-3405

San Antonio

Adoptaversy – November 8, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Description: Adoption Celebration honoring children and their families.
  • Location: San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association, 8925 W Interstate 10, San Antonio, TX 78230
  • Participants: Adoptive families, Child Protective Services staff, and others by invitation only
  • Contact: Tim Gebel (210) 259-1419

Seguin

Central Texas Adoption Day – November 19, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Description: Judge Melissa McClenahan and Judge Thomas Stuckey will be celebrating and consummating several adoptions on this day, families will then enjoy lunch and enjoy an afternoon of games & activities
  • Location: 1st Presbyterian Church, 305 N. King Street, Seguin, TX 78155
  • Participants: adoptive children and families along with CPS and stakeholders
  • Contact: Bonnie Rushing (512) 878-7646

Cinema Night – Week 11/16 - 11/18 (Friday 1 pm-7pm)

  • Description: Viewing instant family. Hoping to start a family. A couple looks to the foster care system to make their dreams come true. CPS representatives will be on-site with information to get you started. Set up an information table on Friday (1-7); donate at least (4) movie passes for raffle
  • Location: King Ranger 1373 E Walnut St, Seguin, TX 78155.
  • Participants: Adoptive families, Child Protective Services staff
  • Contact: 1-800-233-3405

Victoria

Adoption Awareness Event – November 4, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Description: A fun day of food and activities!
  • Location: The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent, 1205 Sam Houston, Victoria, TX 77901
  • Participants: Adoptive families, Child Protective Services staff, and Child Placing Agencies
  • Contact: Barbara Watson (361) 571-8209

Cinema Night – Week 11/16 - 11/18 (Friday)

  • Description: Viewing instant family. Hoping to start a family. A couple looks to the foster care system to make their dreams come true. CPS representatives will be on-site with information to get you started. Set up an information table outside ticket booth Friday.
  • Location: Cinemark 12 7806 N Navarro St, Victoria, TX 77904
  • Participants: Adoptive families, Child Protective Services staff
  • Contact: 1-800-233-3405

Waco

McLennan County Adoption Day – November 16, 12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM

  • Location: Baylor Law School, 1114 S. University Parks, Waco, TX 76706
  • Participants: Open to public
  • Contact: Andrea Barnett, (254) 717-8562

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Permian Basin and Concho Valley

DFPS Region 9

Big Spring

Howard County National Adoption Day - Wednesday November 7, 1:00 pm

  • Description: - Celebration of the Adoptions of children from Howard County with a circus theme, "Under the Big Top"
  • Location: Howard County Courthouse – 300 S. Main Street Big Spring
  • Participants: - Open to the public
  • Contact: John Schkade (325) 657-8786

Midland

National Adoption Day - Friday November 9, 9:00 am

  • Description: Celebration of the Adoptions of children from Midland County
  • Location: Midland County Courthouse
  • Participants: Open to the public
  • Contact: Marci Leffler (432) 530-9896

Odessa

National Adoption Day – Friday November 16, 10:00 am

  • Description: Celebration of Adoptions of children from Ector County with a "Minions" theme
  • Location: Crossroads Community Church- Youth building, 6901 E. Highway 191, Odessa
  • Participants: Open to the public
  • Contact: Marci Leffler (432) 530-9896

San Angelo

National Adoption Day - Friday November 16, 9:00 am

  • Description: Celebration of Adoptions of children from Tom Green County with a circus theme, "Under the Big Top"
  • Location: Southland Baptist Church, 4300 Meadow Creek Trail, San Angelo
  • Participants: Open to the public
  • Contact: John Schkade (325) 657-8786

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West Texas

DFPS Region 10

El Paso

El Paso County National Adoption Day - Saturday, November 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon

  • Description: Adoption consummation of 26 children and 11 families; children and families will receive presents, first family presents, family Christmas cards, and gift certificate. There will be refreshments and snacks for all. Theme is "Super Heroes" because our family are heroes, our children are heroes!
  • Location: El Paso County Courthouse, 11th floor, 500 East San Antonio, El Paso, TX 79901
  • Participants: Open to Public
  • Contact: Sylvia Pitcher (915) 521-3719 and Angelica Simpson (915) 538-9725

Child Advocacy Recruitment Effort (CARE) Information Session - Monday, November 19, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

  • Description: Attendees will gain an understanding of the foster parent experience; becoming familiarized with requirements; network with former/current foster parents, former foster youth, Child Placing Agencies, and CPS staff.
  • Location: Family Youth Services Center, 6314 Delta Drive, El Paso, TX 79905
  • Participants: Open to Public
  • Contact: Angelica Simpson (915) 538-9725

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South Texas

DFPS Region 11

Brownsville

Cameron Heart Gallery - November 1, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

  • Description: Children who are legally free for adoption
  • Location: Brownsville Children’s Museum: 501 E. Ringgold Street, Brownsville, TX
  • Participants: open to the public
  • Contact: Emma Gorena, (956) 245-3120

Cameron County Adoption Day - November 19, 9:00 AM

  • Description: Adoption Day (5 adoptions)
  • Location: Cameron County Court House, 974 E. Harrison Street, Suite 101, Brownsville, TX
  • Participants: Adoption families and children
  • Contact: Emma Gorena (956) 245-3120

Edinburg

Hidalgo County Adoption Day - November 16, 9:00 AM

  • Description: Adoption Day
  • Location: Hidalgo County Court House, Child Protection Court West Judicial Annex, 100 N. Closner, Edinburg, TX
  • Participants: Adoption Familes and children
  • Contact: Emma Gorena (956) 245-3120

McAllen

Hidalgo Heart Gallery Opening - November 13, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

  • Description: Children who are legally free for adoption
  • Location: BBVA Compass Bank, 3309 N. 10th St, McAllen, TX 78501
  • Participants: Open to the public
  • Contact: Emma Gorena (956) 245-3120

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