According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, more than five thousand Texas children in their care were adopted last year. That's a 6.5 percent increase in adoptions from the previous year. Still, in Greater Houston, more than 1,500 kids are waiting to be adopted.
On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine the issues, challenges, and resources available to those trying to adopt in Houston.
We also talk about another sort of non-traditional family in which grandparents raise their grandchildren. This can bring with it some unique challenges. We talk it over with a grandparent in Houston who raised her grandkids, and founded the website raisingyourgrandchildren.com.
Then, we learn about services and support for Houstonians grieving the loss of a loved one. We talk with the manager of a Houston bereavement center, and a social worker from an area mortuary.
And Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty introduces us to Sunnil Thakkar, a University of Houston engineering student-turned comedian. Thakkar will share how he found his voice in Houston as an area stand-up comic.