POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 11:34am
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 11:34am
EL PASO- The city of El Paso currently is experiencing a shortage of foster/adoptive families available to help neglected, abused or abandoned children.
As of last month, in El Paso there were 96 children ready for adoption, but odds are that many of them will never find a permanent home and will be released into the community after their 18th birthday without a family that cares for them.
In an effort to recruit more foster and adoptive families in El Paso, several agencies and organizations that work with abused and neglected children are hosting the 2011 CARE Adoption Conference. The conference will be held on Wednesday November 16, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Region XIX Education Services Center, located at 11670 Chito Samaniego.
The purpose of the conference is twofold:
• To educate parents and professionals who work with foster/adoptive kids about current trends and approaches to deal with children’s needs.
• To recruit more foster and adoptive homes for local abused and neglected children.
Participating agencies will be placing a special effort in finding homes for teens in the DFPS system. Placing of these children is often challenging because most adoptive parents prefer to adopt babies or young children.
In many cases, teenagers are never adopted and end up emancipated without a family or a network of friends who can help them succeed in life. Studies have demonstrated that many of these children become homeless and become addicted to drugs or alcohol.
During the conference, interested families will understand how simple it is the process of adopting a child. They will also receive information about the financial assistance the government offers to help pay for some of the expenses of the child.
Attendees at this conference will be able to participate in breakout sessions where they will have the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with current foster parents.
The event also provides professional training to individuals who work with abused children by presenting experts on complex needs of vulnerable children. For more information on the training sessions, please see the attached program.
Both the conference and professional seminar are free and open to the public. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be available.