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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.

Presbyterian Agencies Approve Intent to Merge

Friday, August 25, 2017 – St. Louis, MO and Austin, TX  – Upon the recommendation of a Joint Trustee Committee, the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Missouri (PCHAS MO) and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Texas and Louisiana (PCHAS TX/LA) have approved their intent to merge effective January 1, (Read More…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Managing Medicine for Foster Kids

Shania has a food allergy that affects her school performance, but it has not been diagnosed. Dante needs glasses, but nobody knows that. Both children are in the foster care system and, unfortunately, have fallen behind in their medical check-ups. When Dante moved in with his foster family, he changed schools, and missed a routine (Read More…)

Facing Challenges in Parenting

Parenting is the hardest job in the world. At PCHAS we acknowledge this universal and indisputable truth. From colic to college (and even beyond), no job is more consuming or thankless. All the books and all the grandmotherly advice do not prepare anyone adequately. What is rarely acknowledged is that parents experience transitions, too, as (Read More…)

Therapeutic Mentoring Cultivates Breakthroughs

by Therapeutic Mentor David Hermanson “I first met with Peter about one year ago. He was a 17-year-old young man living with his mother and father. When I walked into their house for the first time and sat down with Peter and his mother, he seemed very nervous and was rocking back and forth.  His mother told (Read More…)