Second Chances for PCHAS Clients

When Jesus told Zacchaeus the tax collector that he wished to stay at his house, Jesus gave him a second chance. At Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS), we seek to follow Jesus’ example by serving children and families with Christ-centered care, which includes giving others a second chance when they need it most. Like (Read More…)

Real Talk: Hannah and Aaron’s Journey to Adoption

This is a story about the journey of adoption—the uncut version of the way people go about adoption today. It’s not always picture perfect and that’s okay. Meet Hannah and Aaron Bunker of Houston. A creative soul, Hannah is a talented blogger and producer of a lively YouTube channel. Aaron has his own marriage counseling (Read More…)

Linda’s Story

Linda, homeless and escaping an abusive relationship, arrived on foot at a PCHAS Single Parent Family Program residence with her six-year-old daughter, Mandy, in tow. Linda and Mandy had fled her home after Linda’s husband threatened her life and tore up most of the furniture in an all-night rampage. When he finally fell asleep, she (Read More…)

Loren’s Story

PCHAS met Loren when he was a sophomore in college.  Instead of playing basketball and video games with his friends when he wasn’t studying for his classes, Loren was raising two sisters and two brothers!  Carrie, Monica, John and Adam occupied all of his free time.  This young adult and his four siblings were orphaned (Read More…)

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…)

Graduation 2016

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance Proverbs 21:5 Ryan was in second grade when his mother died. A middle child in a large sibling group overcome with sadness and uncertainty, Ryan could have been overlooked. He could have been separated from his siblings and left alone with his fears and devastating loss. (Read More…)

Lisa Thrives

As an 11-year-old, Lisa was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend, and was removed from her home by Child Protective Services. She was placed in a foster home, but because she’d been cutting herself, her foster parents and the psychiatrist she was seeing at the time were concerned for her safety. Lisa was placed in (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…)