November marks the National Adoption Month in Texas
Odessa and Midland will each host events this month to celebrate the month-long event.
Odessa’s national adoption day takes place at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at Crossroads Community Church, Youth building at 6901 E. Highway 191. It event will be a celebration of adoptions of children from Ector County with the theme of “Minions.”
Midland’s national adoption day is 10 a.m. Friday at the Midland County Courthouse. The event will celebrate adoptions of children from Midland County. Both events are open to the public.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, there were almost 5,600 Texas children and teens adopted in 2017 and nearly 1,500 of those adoptions occurred in November. Of the 5,674 total adoptions for DFPS in the 2018 fiscal year, 180 of them have come from Region 9 — area includes Big Spring, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo.
DFPS stated in a press release that more than 7,200 children and teens in state care were legally free for adoptions as of September. There are 190 kids in Region 9 awaiting adoption.
The minimum age to adopt a child in Texas is 21 years old.