A Dream Come True

  Music heals the soul. No one knows this better than PCHAS Foster Care Case Management client Devin Strayhorn. The Nixa, Missouri high-school senior has played the tuba since the sixth grade and has used music to cope with difficulties he has faced as a young person in foster care. Now, Devin’s love and mastery (Read More…)

Stronger Together

Friends, As we embark on a new year of service together, I would like to offer you some personal reasons why I feel particularly blessed to be a member of our PCHAS family. My call to serve children and families came many years ago. As a young, court-appointed attorney for abused and neglected children, I (Read More…)

Gifts of toys, clothes make a difference

Gifts come to PCHAS children in many shapes, from little Legos to long quilts, from winter coats to shoes that fit. Once again our Christmas storeroom was abuzz with mentors and case workers acting as Santa’s elves. The in-kind donations from individuals, churches and businesses are lightening the load for families in crisis and children (Read More…)

Help Children and Earn Tax Credits through 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. These tax credits went  into effect July 1, 2017 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are depleted. The Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) is administered by the Missouri Department (Read More…)

Healing Body and Soul

Jackie had been a good student and outgoing. By 5th grade, though, raising her hand at school was not an option anymore. She feared someone would see the bruises. In the 6th grade, her grades declined so much that a teacher, Mr. Spalding, worried about her. “Jackie avoids speaking in front of the class,” he (Read More…)

Board President Retiring Dec. 31

Dr. Ed Knight, president and CEO of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Texas and Louisiana, will retire at the end of 2017. Dr. Knight has served PCHAS of Texas and Louisiana for 30 years and the past 20 years as president and CEO.  For the past five years, he has also served as president (Read More…)

Therapeutic Mentoring Scores a Home Run

Simone Zachary, like all our Therapeutic Mentors, looks for strengths in the children she serves. One of her mentees, Channelle, loves playing softball. Zachary enrolled her in the Redbird Rookies—a children’s program of the St. Louis Cardinals. It allows children to play sports at no cost and attend activities such as a health fair, a (Read More…)

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…)