DePelchin Children's Center

A brighter tomorrow for children and families in Texas

Houston, TX   |  http://www.depelchin.org

Mission

Mission: We strengthen the lives of children by enhancing their mental health and physical well-being.

Ruling year info

1991

President and CEO

Jenifer Jarriel

Main address

4950 Memorial Drive

Houston, TX 77007 USA

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Formerly known as

DePelchin Faith Home

EIN

76-0318867

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Foster Care (P32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Child abuse and neglect cause significant harm to society as a whole. On an individual level, child abuse is a traumatic experience that often leads to long term damage to an individual's mental and physical health. Child neglect is similar in many ways and no less harmful to a child who suffers from its effects. In electing to protect children by removing them from their families of origin, child welfare authorities must weigh the severe trauma that results from separating children from their parents. Too often, it is a lose-lose situation. On a macro level, society itself suffers when children are abused and neglected. The costs to physical and mental health are much greater than can be measured in monetary terms: families broken apart; educations interrupted or prematurely terminated; unmet potential. Child abuse and neglect are positively correlated with addiction, criminal activity, school failure, homelessness and mental illness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mental Health

DePelchin believes that a child's mental health is just as important as his or her physical health. Recognized as a leader in the field of children's mental health, DePelchin supports children in foster care struggling with behavioral or emotional issues as well as the foster families who care for them. Our expert team of mental health clinicians provides appropriate, comprehensive care for a broad range of concerns and effects of emotional, situational, environmental, and/ or sexual trauma. Counseling Services help children and families with personal, interpersonal or social challenges, including problems in the home, school or community. All services are trauma-informed and provided in the family's home or (when needed) at the child's school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Although DePelchin places children of all ages with our foster families, we specialize in placement and care of high need children. e.g. sibling groups, infants to be reunited with family, African-American and Hispanic/Latino children, children with medical and other special needs, and children older than 8.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

DePelchin believes every child deserves a forever family. Through our CPS adoption program, we support couples and individuals who wish to adopt children in the custody of Child Protective Services who need a permanent, loving home. Through our private infant adoption program, we support couples and individuals who desire to adopt an infant. We also work with birth parents who are considering placing their child with a loving, adoptive family. In all cases, DePelchin works with prospective parents currently residing in the Greater Houston as well as in Texas counties in the vicinity of Austin, Lubbock, and San Antonio.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) serves children and families at risk for involvement in the child welfare and / or juvenile justice systems. DePelchin's PEI programs help children, youth and families overcome crises, build interpersonal and parenting skills, and improve family functioning. They include free home and school-based services provided by DePelchin clinicians that are integrated with healthcare, education and other service providers and partners.

DePelchin's Prevention and Early Intervention services work to strengthen and support children and families while decreasing the future need for more intensive services. Our programs target children and families at risk of, or currently experiencing, a range of challenging issues, including family conflict, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, bullying and school drop out.

DePelchin supports at-risk youths with a range of evidence-based programs available throughout the Greater Houston area: counseling, at-risk education, and other services to youths and families living in crisis. School-based programs focus on positive youth development and the prevention of issues such as alcohol, tobacco and drug use, bullying and delinquency.

Parent education classes help parents gain knowledge and realistic expectations about young children's development and capabilities while learning effective, age-appropriate methods for child discipline. This helps parents and maintain healthy relationships with their children and work through family challenges such as conflict and divorce.

DePelchin also has a residential program in Houston that helps young adults who are aging out of foster care to prepare for a brighter future by finding gainful employment and, furthering their education. Participants gain a safe place to live while learning how to save money and meet adult financial responsibilities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Families adopting children from foster care sometimes need additional help with the challenges associated with raising children who have experienced significant abuse and / or neglect. DePelchin provides post adoption services in Texas DFPS Regions 5 and 6. These services include case management as well as back-to-school events, parent and family training and retreats, and other supportive services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast 1922

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 1980

Texas Department of Family & Protective Services 1980

Awards

Angel in Adoption 2015

Congressional Council on Adoption Institute

Cater/Lollar Award for Outstanding Service to CIS Students and Uplifting the Spirit of a Child 2015

Communities in Schools Houston

Community Champion Award 2015

Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families

Renewed accreditation 2015

Council on Accreditation

Affiliations & memberships

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast 1922

Child Welfare League - Accredited Member 1933

Alliance for Children and Families 1996

United Way Montgomery County 2000

Texas Medical Center 2012

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are working toward communities in which every child is safe and healthy.

When possible, we prevent child abuse and neglect and promote healthy parenting by identifying children and families at risk and providing training and education in positive parenting techniques and healthy lifestyle choices. We work with medical providers, educators and community members to identify children and families at risk. We provide counseling services in schools and in homes for children and parents at no charge. We provide individualized and group-level training in parenting techniques that have been demonstrated through research to increase positive parent-child interactions and decrease abusive parenting.

For children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect, we recruit and train high-quality foster parents to provide safe, loving homes where the children can heal and move forward with their lives. In many cases where adoption becomes the desired outcome for a child, they are adopted by their foster family, gaining a "forever home."

Because of the traumatic experiences that many children in the child welfare system have endured, their need for mental health services is high, and their trauma-based responses can threaten the stability of their placement in foster care. We therefore provide in-home mental health services to all foster families in our Houston and Austin service areas.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DePelchin Children's Center

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Pam Brasseux

Community Volunteer

Term: 2018 - 2019

John Bass

J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc.

Pam Brasseux

Community Volunteer

Steve Cherek

ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Sue Nan Cutsinger

Community Volunteer

Susan Distefano

Texas Children's Hospital

Anne Duncan

Community Leader

Stephen Dyer

Baker Botts LLP

Henry Florsheim

KTRK-TV

Jim Henderson

Methodist Hospital (Retired)

Pamela Lovett

Sterling Bank

Connelly McGreevy

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Ginni Mithoff

Community Volunteer

John Moody, Jr.

Moody Law Group, PLLC

Stewart Pisecco, Ph.D.

Pearson

Carolyn Pope

Neuberger Berman

Tim Surratt

Greenwood King Properties

H. Richard Walton

KPMG (Ret.)

W. Temple Webber III

Temple Webber Photography

Janeana White-Lewis

MDReliance, Inc.

Rhonda Arnold

Houston Airport Systems

Susan Barnes

Community Volunteer

Laura Bellows

W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation

Kimberley David

Baylor College of Medicine

Karen Davis

Community Volunteer

Donald Hatter

Public Speaker

Connie Hellums, J.D.

Retired Judge

Santos Hinojosa

Texas Medical Center

Korsh Jafarnia

Physician

Debbi Johnstone

Norton Rose Fulbright

William Knull, III

Lawyer

Carl Lampart

Intrafusion

Robbie Lowrey

Community Volunteer

John Reed, Jr.

William Turcotte

Noble Corporation

Claudia Vassar

Houston Botanical Gardens

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes