November is National Adoption Month, and there are adoption events all over Texas spotlighting the importance of adoption.
Last year, almost 5,600 Texas children and teens were adopted from DFPS care – almost 1,500 of those in November alone!
Yet the need for families that are willing to provide safe, loving homes is not declining. As of September, more than 7,200 children and teens in state care were legally free for adoption. About half of them are living with someone who wants to adopt them, but thousands are still waiting for the chance to call a new family their own.
Texas Adoption by the Numbers
- 5,674 – The number of children adopted from DFPS in fiscal year 2018.
- 7,264 – The number of children in state care who were awaiting adoption as of September 2018 (latest data). About half these children are already living with families that intends to adopt them.
- 3,754 – The number of children awaiting adoption who were not living with a person who intends to adopt them as of September 2018.
21 – The minimum age you must be to adopt a child in Texas.