Children Can Recover From Trauma (video)

A baby born with addiction. A middle-schooler headed for Juvenile Detention. A teenager aging out of foster care. How do children recover from trauma? Our 2016 video introduces these and other children who have survived devastating losses. This heartwarming three-minute preview tells their success stories. The full-length video, 11 minutes, is available upon request for group presentations.

Teens Inspire Others

Inspire (verb): 1. to breathe in  2. to motivate or encourage In June, a youth group from Covenant Presbyterian of Wichita, Kansas visited the Transitional Living program in Columbia, Missouri. The high school students spent two hours talking about the agency’s mission, how to prevent child abuse and how to help children who have been traumatized. What (Read More…)

The Ultimate Win-Win: Help Children and Earn Tax Credits

Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) The State of Missouri values caring for children and families in need. It offers tax credits to encourage citizens to do so, as well. The new cycle of these tax credits goes into effect July 1, 2017. Through the unique Youth Opportunities Program (YOP), administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, individual and (Read More…)

Child Abuse Awareness Month

Give STL Day is May 11

Last year GiveSTLday raised more than $2 million for local nonprofit agencies. This year, throughout the 24-hour period of giving, sponsors will give prizes for ‘most donations in an hour’ and ‘greatest number of unique donors this hour.’  The online event starts promptly at 12:00 a.m. Thursday, May 11 and closes at midnight. It is all managed by the Greater St. (Read More…)

Shifting Gears

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for many teenagers, a major step toward self-sufficiency. The girls at Ashley House, our Transitional Living program in Springfield, are as eager as any teenager to reach this milestone. When all ten residents wanted to take the written test for a driving permit, the staff recommended forming a (Read More…)

Children and Resilience

by Richard Wooldridge, Therapeutic Mentor Recently I read an article, Eight Things to Remember about Child Development. It was published by Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child and addressed resiliency in the face of adversity. I kept thinking of one particular child, Paco, who was eight when we met. Paco’s father abruptly disappeared from (Read More…)

Diana’s Story

Adoption specialists speak of two traumas faced by most children in foster care, the first trauma of losing a parent(s) and the second of losing a sibling. Diana suffered both of these traumas at the age of eight. Today she is 17 and resides at PCHAS’s Transitional Living home in Columbia. She gives us a (Read More…)

Hidden Figures

You may have seen or heard about Hidden Figures, the movie. A hidden figure in Missouri’s history is Margaret Leggat Butler. As a wealthy widow, Mrs. Butler funded the orphanage that became the Farmington Children’s Home. She was not a mother, but she provided a home for children who were orphaned or abandoned. At one time there (Read More…)

Thanks for playing Brackets for Good

Thank you to everyone who “got in the game” between February 24 and March 3, 2017. Because you contributed $4,915 during this year’s Brackets for Good tournament, PCHAS came in second out of 64 agencies in our region! Unfortunately, being second, we did not advance to the next round of this national competition. Still, we saved money (Read More…)

Girls Foster Rescue Dogs

The girls at Ashley House are giving Truman another chance. Truman is a rescue dog, a golden collie mix, living at the Transitional Living home in Springfield. In a project called Foster to Forever, the 10 teenagers nurture a dog that has been neglected or abandoned, and prepare it for adoption. According to Alisa Griffiths, site (Read More…)