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Hear success stories at a Hope for the Children Luncheon Wednesday, October 4 in Columbia, MO RSVP to (573) 489-6872 or erin.frasier@pchas.org Thursday, October 19 in St. Louis, MO RSVP to (314) 989-9727  or debra.paulus@pchas.org Luncheons are free to attend, but reservations are required.

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.

A Visit from a Senator

  Missouri State Senator Jill Schupp visited the PCHAS administration office on August 14, 2017 to discuss issues of mental health, foster care, and families in crisis. She was interested in our residential treatment for children who have survived trauma as well as our community-based programs to sustain families and help children thrive. She met (Read More…)

Learning to Love Together

The Springfield News-Leader featured the Transitional Living program on its front page last June. The story begins with the residents’ new project involving rescue dogs and expands to other aspects. Writer Linda Leicht included girls at Ashley House, staff, volunteers and  perspectives from other non-profit organizations in the community, too. Read the entire article here: http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/2017/06/25/learning-love-together/409591001/ and forward the (Read More…)

New Fact Sheet as of July, 2017

Read all about it! Click here to download our new fact sheet about PCHAS programs, accomplishments and budget. On the back are Frequently Asked Questions.

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…)

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…)