David’s and Jamie’s Story

When David was 12 years old, he and his eight-year-old sister, Jamie, were removed from their home by Child Protective Services and placed in a temporary shelter. Wise beyond their years, David and Jamie knew deep-down that the shelter was a safer place to live than with their parents, who were dealing drugs out of (Read More…)

Joe and Melinda’s Story

When Joe and Melinda received a call from a PCHAS Adoption Specialist that the birth parents of a newborn baby girl had chosen them to be the adoptive parents of their baby, they were elated. Joe and Melinda felt like they were on a very important audition and they were – a parenting audition for (Read More…)

Ruth’s Story

We first met Ruth when she was at her wit’s end. Having raised her two boys into adulthood, she thought changing diapers, mixing formula and packing school luncheons were things of the past.  Then one day she learned that her eldest son and his wife could no longer care for their three children. At sixty-five (Read More…)

A Passion for Education

By Cynthia Hartman and Margaret Barry PCHAS Director of Education Virginia Knight is passionate about education. Her mother was a civil engineer in Mesquite, Texas at a time when female engineers were scarce; Virginia had a great role model growing up. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and a master’s degree in education. (Read More…)

Creating a Forever Family

The day they adopted baby Joe was a day Mark and Melissa Buchanan and their daughter, Rachel, will never forget.  Mark and Melissa had been hoping to adopt a baby for some time, so when the phone rang and it was their PCHAS social worker, they held their breath. They had been waiting for a (Read More…)

Meet Lauren

“I am a single mother who works hard to manage my depression and anxiety so that I can provide my children with the best life possible.  Recently, out of commitment to my healing and to the well-being of my children, I ended a relationship with my daughter’s father, who was abusive and violent. His abusive (Read More…)

A Second Chance

Jessica gets a second chance through our Transitional Living Program Jessica came to the PCHAS Transitional Living Program after many struggles. She began using street drugs at the age of 15. Her disruptive behavior resulted in Jessica being kicked off the school swim team and eventually out of her high school. As her drug use (Read More…)

A Special Thank You to Our Donors

We thank you for your donation at Christmas time and throughout the year! While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in (Read More…)

Communicating God’s Love

Christina, an eleven-year-old removed from abusive parents and placed in the care of PCHAS, recently asked one of her group home parents if she could hold an envelope that had arrived in the mail. Her group home parent said, “of course,” and asked Christina if she was expecting something in the day’s mail. After a (Read More…)

Adoption – Meet the Van Roo Family

“Several years ago, my husband and I adopted two boys through PCHAS foster-to-adopt program. Through this program, we opened up our home and hearts to two adorable, rambunctious, fun-loving boys, Nathan and Joshua, as foster parents. After some time, the biological parents’ parental rights were taken away and we finalized the adoption. Our family was (Read More…)