The Texas Adoption Resource Exchange (TARE) website helps match children awaiting adoption with adoptive parents. It includes photos and profile information on children available for adoption and allows families to provide information about their adoption preferences and interests in adopting a child. Families need to create an account and complete a family profile in order to view the full profile information and to inquire on children or sibling groups. Refer to the User Guide for tips and guidelines on creating an account and completing a family profile. TARE is managed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
National Adoption Month is celebrated each November throughout the United States by government agencies, courts, child advocacy organizations, and children and families. As part of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services (CPS) is proud to participate in National Adoption Month each year as we celebrate families built by adoption and the dedicated work conducted by our staff to achieve permanency for children through adoption.
In fiscal year 2018, there were 5,674 children adopted from foster care in Texas. Of those, 1,024 were finalized last November as part of National Adoption Month. The annual number of adoptions has increased by 25% in the past decade. However, the need for safe, loving, and permanent adoptive homes has not diminished as children continue to enter foster every day due to abuse and neglect in their homes. When these children cannot return home, many of them will need adoptive families to help carry them through life.
As of September 2018, there were more than 3,700 children available for adoption for whom CPS was seeking a permanent home. Many of these children ask themselves, "Why not me? Why can't I have a family?" During National Adoption Month, there are adoption events across the state that highlight the critical need for permanent families. This need is even greater for teens, older youth, and those with special needs. All children deserve a safe and loving home. You don’t have to be perfect to be an adoptive parent. This November and throughout the year, CPS asks “Why not you? Why not adopt?” Find events in your area here.
Many Texans have inquired about becoming foster parents for the unaccompanied refugee minors who have come to Texas. Individuals interested in fostering these children can reach out to the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program. The URM can be reached by e-mail at Urmprogram@acf.hhs.gov.
President Sets in Motion National Adoption Month
President Barack Obama has declared November 2016 to be National Adoption Month. He issued a proclamation emphasizing that every child deserves a chance to a loving family. The proclamation also celebrates the adoptive parents who give so much to the children and youth to whom they have opened their hearts and their homes. President Obama stressed his administration's support of programs to reduce the amount of time children wait for adoption and the importance of keeping siblings together. The administration was able to permanently extend the Adoption Tax Credit, which helps provide necessary financial support to adoptive families to ease the economic burden of the adoption process. The Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act also went into effect. This is designed to enforce our high legal standards for adoption service providers and to protect parents and children of adoptive families around the world. On November 19, National Adoption Day will be observed to raise awareness of the children and youth still in need of permanent homes.
Texas Adoption Day
GOVERNMENT CODE, TITLE 6, SUBTITLE B,
Sec. 662.053 TEXAS ADOPTION DAY
(a) The Saturday before Thanksgiving Day of each year is Texas Adoption Day to celebrate and encourage adoption, adoptive families, and adoption workers in Texas.
(b) Texas Adoption Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities that encourage participation in and raise awareness about the adoption process and that honor adoptive families and adoption workers in Texas.
(c) The Department of Family and Protective Services shall create a statewide awareness campaign to promote Texas Adoption Day and shall coordinate ceremonies and activities held throughout the state.
Photo listings are updated daily. Families need to create an account and complete a family profile in order to view the full profile information and to inquire on children or sibling groups. Go to View Waiting Children.
Photographs of children available for adoption and in Heart Galleries are for viewing only and may not be downloaded, used, or published without the express permission of DFPS. If your organization would like to use photographs of children available for adoption at an event to promote adoption in your community, please contact DFPS at (800) 233-3405 to discuss the request and to receive guidance from DFPS on allowable use.
Note: Children come into the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) due to abuse or neglect. Therefore, families who adopt children through the agency should have an understanding or be willing to learn the dynamics of neglect and physical or sexual abuse.