PCHAS Reaches Milestone: 100 Adoptions

Presbyterian Children’s Homes  and Services (PCHAS) reached the milestone of more than 100 adoptions through its Adoption program. “PCHAS has secured a permanent place for these children to call home and finish growing up,” said Celeste Ross, associate vice president for adoption services.  “Even after these children enter adulthood they will have a family to come home to for holidays.”

Twenty-two of the adopted children were taken from their homes by Children’s Protective Services. The remaining children were placed into the care of PCHAS because of a parent’s decision to improve their child’s future by creating an adoption plan.

Of the 100 adoptions, 17 were sibling groups. “It’s not unusual for siblings in foster care to be separated,” said Ross. “The sooner we can find a home that can provide for entire sibling group, the more likely the children will be able to stay together permanently.”

Ross has been in the field of social work for 23 years, 3 of which have been served with PCHAS. She felt her calling soon after she and her husband, also a social worker, became group home parents for a boy’s ranch in Alvin, Texas. Because she herself grew up an abusive home, Ross could strongly relate to the 11 teenage boys she parented.  “The social worker in our group home said to me, ‘You need to do this,’” said Ross. With the encouragement and support of many others, she completed her master’s degree in social work.

“I’ve been blessed to see hundreds of adoptions in my job experience,” said Ross. “I’ve also seen hundreds of families reunited and that’s important too.” In addition to continuing efforts in adoption, Ross wants to focus on reuniting children with their families. The PCHAS Child and Family program helps accomplish this goal by focusing on family strengths and instituting healthier habits.  “I love being able to help people turn their lives around,” said Ross. “That has a lot to do with my calling to be a social worker.”

By Amy Prince