Did you know … that 4,081 children are available for adoption in Texas? Ninety-six of these waiting children live in El Paso, where a major recruitment and training effort will be held November 16th to find foster and adoptive parents for the children who are hardest to place.
The El Paso CARE (Child Advocacy Recruitment Effort) Coalition, a collaboration of local agencies working in child welfare, is holding this conference to train current foster/adoptive families and child welfare workers how to care for and place these children, while spreading the message through mass media outlets. The El Paso Foster In Texas office has been a part of this coalition for several years.
The children considered hardest to place are those with Primary Medical Needs (PMN), large sibling groups (three or more), children over age 10, and kids with behavioral and emotional issues.
The lineup of presenters for the seminar and conference is impressive, with topics that are particularly relevant for foster/adoptive parents:
· DR. MIKE SHERBUN, Ph.D., CEO at Cedar Hills Hospital – Taking Care of the Caretaker & How to Prevent Burnout
· DR. OSVALDO GAYTAN, M.D., Psychiatrist, UBH of El Paso – Role of Medication and Importance of Therapy
· JESSICA ARCHULETA, BSW, University of Texas at El Paso, Foster Homeless Adoption Resources (FHAR)
· CATHY GAYTAN, LCSW, Clinical Director, El Paso Child Guidance Center – Sexualized Behaviors in Children: Normal vs. Abnormal
· DR. GRISELDA VILLALOBOS, Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso – Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Child Welfare
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Education Services Center, Region 19 Head Start Program
11670 Chito Samaniego
8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Professional Seminar
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Information on Foster Care/Adoption
Spanish translation available
CEUs available for a $10 fee
For more Information contact Ruth Fierro at 546-2147 ext. 4584 or