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National Adoption Month Events

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and November 18 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, at your faith-based organization, or on social media. Remember, children never outgrow the need for parents!

Panhandle & South Plains

Amarillo

Event Name – National Adoption Day, November 17, 2017 9:00am

  • Description: “One In A Minion” – characters from “Despicable Me” will be present, photo booth, goodie bags for the children
  • Location: Randall County District Courthouse, 2309 Russell Long Blvd, Canyon, TX 79015
  • Participants: Families-open to the public
  • Contact: Micah Smith, 806-677-1354, micah.smith@dfps.state.tx.us

Lubbock

Event Name – National Adoption Day, November 17, 2017 9:00am

  • Description: “A Star Is Born” - Hollywood themed festivities with “stars” present.  Refreshments for children and families
  • Location: Lubbock County Courthouse, 904 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 7401.
  • Participants: Private agencies and families-Not open to the public
  • Contact: Kathleen Hudson, 806-742-9437, Kathleen.hudson@dfps.state.tx.us

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North Texas

Denton

Denton County Adoption Event - November 3, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Description: Mass Consummation Adoption Hearings for children and families in Denton County and celebratory activities.
  • Location: Denton County Court House, 1450 E. McKinney Avenue, 2nd Floor, Denton, TX 76205
  • Participants: Adoptive Families; Open to the public.
  • Contact: Jeniifer Schultz, (940) 320-1500 and Brenna Zambonino, (940) 381-3400

Fort Worth

Tarrant County Adoption Event – November 11, 2017 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Description: Mass Consummation Adoption Hearings for children and families in Denton County and celebratory activities.
  • Location: Tarrant County Family Law Center, 200 E. Weatherford St., Fort Worth, TX. 76102
  • Participants: Adoptive Families, Legislators, Attorneys, Judges, Media; Open to the public.
  • Contact: Jennifer Sterling, (817) 307-6818

Wichita Falls

Wichita County Adoption Event - November 17, 2017 1:30 PM

  • Description: Mass Consummation Adoption Hearings for children and families in Wichita County and celebratory activities.
  • Location: Wichita County Court House, 900 7th St. Wichita Falls, TX 76301, 3rd floor; 78th District Court room.
  • Participants: Adoptive Families, Children that were adopted in 2017; Open to the public.

Brownwood

Brown County Adoption Event - November 16, 2017 9:30 am

  • Description: Mass Consummation Adoption Hearings for children and families adopting in Brown County, TX.
  • Location: Brown County Court House, 200 S Broadway St. Brownwood, TX 76801, 2nd floor; 35th District Court roomm
  • Participants: Adoptive Families, DFPS staff, Brown County CASA and Child Welfare Board members, Open to the public.

Abilene

Taylor County Adoption Day - 11/17/2017, 1:30 pm

  • Description: Mass Consummation Adoption Hearings for children and families adopting in Taylor County, TX.
  • Location: Taylor County Court House, 300 Oak St. Abilene TX, 79602, 4th floor; 326th District Court room.
  • Participants: Adoptive Families, DFPS staff, Taylor County Child Welfare Board members, CASA; Open to the public.

 

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East Texas

Longview

Gregg County – November 3, 9:00 AM

  • Description: Gregg County Adoption Day
  • Location: Gregg County Courthouse, 101 E. Methvin, Longview
  • Participants: Public
  • Contact: Lori Sutton-White, 903-757-0588

Marshall

Harrison County – November 16, 1:30 PM

  • Description: Harrison County Adoption Day
  • Location: Harrison County Courthouse Annex, 200 W. Houston St., Marshall
  • Participants: Public
  • Contact: Rose Chumley, 903-757-0588

Sherman

National Adoption Day for Grayson County – November 15, 2017 1:30 pm

  • Description: National Adoption Day Event
  • Location: Grayson County Court House, 200 South Crockett, Sherman, Texas 75090
  • Participants: Open To Public, Adoptive families, other family members and friends.

McKinney

National Adoption Day for Collin County – November 18, 2017 9:00 am

  • Description: National Adoption Day Event
  • Location: Collin County Court House, 2100 Bloomdale Road, McKinney, Texas 75071
  • Participants: Open To Public, Adoptive families, other family members and friends.

Tyler

Smith County – November 17, 9:00 AM

  • Description: Smith County Adoption Day
  • Location: Green Acres Baptist Church, 1607 Troup Hwy., Galilee Room / Worship Center Bldg., Tyler
  • Participants: Public
  • Contact: Kelli Mayo, 903-595-4841

Rusk

Cherokee County – November 27, 10:00 AM

  • Description: Cherokee County Adoption Day
  • Location: Cherokee County Courthouse,
  • Participants: Public
  • Contact: Mandy Bryan, 903-595-4841

 

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South-East Texas

Houston

National Adoption Day - November 17, 2017 8:00am – 2:00 pm

  • Description: Child Protective Services is hosting their annual Adoption Day for children and families in Harris County, Tx
  • Location: Juvenile Justice Center at 1200 Congress Houston, Tx 77002.
  • Participants: Harris County CPS, Foster Parents, Private CPAs, Ad Litems and community stakeholders
  • Contact: Dalen Dilieto, (713) 394-4290

Hemphill

Sabine County - November 2, 1:30 PM

  • Description: Sabine County Adoption Day
  • Location: Sabine County Courthouse, 201 Main St., Hemphill
  • Participants: Public
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga, 936-633-3759

Jasper

Jasper County – November 6, 10:00 AM

  • Description: Jasper County Adoption Day
  • Location: Jasper County Courthouse, 121 N. Austin, Jasper
  • Participants: Public
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga, 936-633-3759

Orange

Orange County – November 8, 10:00 AM

  • Description: Orange County Adoption Day
  • Location: Orange County Commissioner Courthouse, 123 South 6th St., Orange
  • Participants: Public
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga, 936-633-3759

Lufkin

Angelina County – November 16, 9:00 AM

  • Description: Angelina County Adoption Day
  • Location: Gregg County Courthouse, 215 E. Lufkin Ave., Longview
  • Participants: Public
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga, 936-633-3759

Beaumont

Jefferson County – November 17, 10:00 AM

  • Description: Jefferson County Adoption Day
  • Location: Jefferson County Courthouse, 1149 Pearl St., Beaumont
  • Participants: Public
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga, 936-633-3759

Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches County – November 17, 9:00 AM

  • Description: Nacogdoches County Adoption Day
  • Location: Nacogdoches County Courthouse, 101 W. Main, Nacogdoches
  • Participants: Public
  • Contact: Kelli Slaga, 936-633-3759

 

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Central Texas

Austin

Travis County Adoption Day – November 2, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Location: Travis County Gardner Betts Justice Center, 2515 S Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
  • Participants: Open to public
  • Contact: Amber Hart (512) 927-7175;amber.hart@dfps.state.tx.us

Bastrop

Bastrop County Adoption Day – November 28, 2017 9:00AM – 4:00PM

  • Location: Bastrop County Courthouse, 804 Pecan St. Bastrop, TX 78602
  • Participants:  Open to public
  • Contact: David Calvo (512) 468-8425; David.Calvo@dfps.state.tx.us

Burnet

Hill County Adoption Day – November 11, 2017 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Belton

Bell County Adoption Day – November 17, 2017 9:00AM – 4:00PM

College Station

Brazos County Adoption Day Recognition – November 9, 2017 5:00PM – 7:00PM

  • Description:Dinner to celebrate the families who have adopted foster children from January 2017 through November 2017. Speaker will be present to discuss her family’s adventure in foster care adoption.
  • Location:Central Baptist Church, 1991 FM 158, College Station, TX 77845
  • Participants:  Open to public
  • Contact:Tiffany Stewart, 979-776-3637; tiffany.stewart@dfps.state.tx.us

Sequin

Centex Adoption Day – November 20, 2017 9:00AM – 4:00PM

  • Location: First Presbyterian Church - 305 King Street Seguin, TX
  • Participants:  Open to public
  • Contact: David Calvo (512) 468-8425; David.Calvo@dfps.state.tx.us

Georgetown

Williamson County Adoption Day – November 21, 2017 10:30AM – 2:00PM

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

Waco

McLennan County Adoption Day – November 17, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Description:Join CPS, Baylor Law School, and community stakeholders in celebrating the adoption of multiple foster children.
  • Location:Baylor Law School, 1114 S. University Parks, Waco, TX 76706
  • Participants:  Open to public
  • Contact:Andrea Barnett, 254-717-8562; andrea.barnett@dfps.state.tx.us

 

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Permian Basin and Concho Valley

Midland

National Adoption Day - November 10, 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

San Angelo

National Adoption Day  - November 17, 9:00 am

  • Description - Celebration of Adoptions  of children from  Tom Green County with the theme of "Super Heros"
  • Location- Southland Baptist Church, 4300 Meadow Creek Trail, San Angelo
  • Participants - Open to the public
  • Contact -  John Schkade  325-657-8786

Odessa

National Adoption Day - November 3, 10:00 am

  • Description - Celebration of Adoptions of children from  Ector County with the theme of "Dr Seuss”
  • Location- Crossroads Community Church, 6901 E. Highway 191, Odessa
  • Participants - Open to the public

Big Spring

First Ever Howard County National Adoption Day - November 8, 1:00 pm

  • Description - Celebration of the Adoptions of children from Howard County
  • Location- Howard County Courthouse
  • Participants - Open to the public
  • Contact -  John Schkade  325-657-8786

 

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West Texas

El Paso

El Paso County National Adoption Day - November 18, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12 noon.

  • Description: Adoption consummation of 12 children (10 families); Children and families will receive presents, first family portrait (framed), family Christmas cards, and gift certificate. There will be refreshments and snacks for all.
  • Location: 500 East San Antonio, El Paso, Texas 79901
  • Participants: CASA, Child Placing Agencies, and CPS staff
  • Contact: Sylvia Pitcher - Sylvia.pitcher@dfps.state.tx.us and Sonia Avila - sonia.avila@dfps.state.tx.us

Child Advocacy Recruitment Effort (CARE) Information Session - November 14, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.   

  • Description:  To gain an understanding of the foster parent experience; becoming familiarized with requirements; network with former/current foster parents and former foster youth.
  • Location: Department of Family and Protective Services, 501 Hawkins, El Paso, Texas 79915
  • Participants: Child Placing Agencies, and CPS staff
  • Contact: Bianca Avila - Bianca.Avila@dfps.state.tx.us

St. Pius X Radio Station – Angeles de Dios (Angels of God) Live Interview - Nov. 11 AM, 2017, 12:00 noon

  • Description:   This is a live (international) faith-based interview regarding DFPS Adoption.  
  • Location: 1050 N. Clark, El Paso, TX 79905
  • Participants: CPS staff  
  • Contact: Sonia Avila -  sonia.avila@dfps.state.tx.us

El Paso County Resolution

  • Description:   The El Paso County Commissioners Court will accept Resolution and declare November as National Adoption Month. 
  • Location: 500 East San Antonio, El Paso, Texas 79901
  • Participants:  Sonia Avila, CIS  and Sylvia Pitcher, PCA Negotiator
  • Contact: Sonia Avila -  sonia.avila@dfps.state.tx.us

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South Texas

Corpus Christi

Event Name – ADOPTION Match picnic (November 4, 2017) 10:00am

  • Description: Rotary club sponsored Adoption match picnic
  • Location: West Guth Park: 9700 Up River Rd. Corpus Christi, Texas 78410
  • Participants: Not open to the public
  • Contact: Jessica Maniglia- 361-808-6221

Event Name – Heart Gallery Opening (November 9, 2017) 6:00pm.

  • Description: Children who are legally free for adoption
  • Location: Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship: 6602 S. Staples St. Corpus Christi, Texas 78413
  • Participants: Open to the public
  • Contact: Jessica Maniglia- 361-808-6221

Event Name – Adoption Recruitment (November 13, 2017) 11:00am-12:00 noon

  • Description: Information session to learn to become a foster or to adopt parent
  • Location: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (4201 Greenwood Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas)
  • Participants: Open to the public
  • Contact: Rebecca Cavazos -361-878-6299

Event Name – Adoption Recruitment (November 13, 2017) 6:00-7:00pm

  • Description: Information session to learn to become a foster or to adopt parent
  • Location: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (4201 Greenwood Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas)
  • Participants: Open to the public
  • Contact: Rebecca Cavazos -361-878-6299

Event Name – Adoption Day (Nueces County Court #5- November 17, 2017) 9:00am

  • Description: Consummation Ceremony
  • Location: 2301 Gollihar Road, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Participants: Open to the public
  • Contact: Stephanie Sanchez- 361-878-7411

Laredo

Event Name – Fall Festival at First Baptist Church (November 4, 2017)

  • Description: Fall Festival at local church event–information booth for adoption
  • Location: First Baptist Church, 7610 N. Bartlett Avenue, Laredo, Texas 78045.
  • Participants: Open to the public
  • Contact: Maria G. Meza, CPS FAD Faith Based Specialist IV- Cell: (956) 229-0450

Event Name – Laredo's 13th Annual Heart Gallery (November 14, 2017) 6:00pm.

  • Description: Children who are legally free for adoption
  • Location: First Baptist Church, 7610 N. Bartlett Avenue, Laredo, Texas 78045.
  • Participants: Open to the public
  • Contact: Claudia Canales  (956) 286-7037 CLAUDIA.CANALES-ESQUIVEL@dfps.state.tx.us
  • Church Contact: Elisa Valadez (956) 645-2474

OTHER EVENTS:

2017 FAITH SUMMIT    1:30pm to 4:30pm.
Isla Grande Beach Resort
500 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, Texas
Contact: Janet Magee from Blue Sunday 956-299-0564
 “Making your church, children, and community safer”

Stand Sunday
November 12th https://cafo.org/orphansunday/resources/foster-care-resources/

 

 

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