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At PCHAS, we strive to serve like Jesus. We do our part to close gaps and resolve inequities; we listen to those who are marginalized; and we make changes so that everyone feels safe and included.
The foster care and adoption system has long reflected the effects of systemic racism. Many factors have contributed to this: higher rates of poverty among communities of color, limited access to resources and potential bias of professionals. For example, families experiencing poverty are more likely to seek social services (like financial or housing assistance) which increases contact with professionals who are more accustomed to reporting cases of child endangerment.
Racial disproportionality occurs when there is a misrepresentation of a racial or ethnic group in comparison to the group’s percentage of the total population. The Texas foster care and adoption system has racial disproportionality for Black children and their families at every stage of service even though studies show no relationship between race and child endangerment.
What does this all mean? It means that Black children are much more likely to be the subject of a child welfare investigation; it means they are much more likely to be confirmed as a victim of abuse or neglect; and it means they are much more likely to end up in foster care. If they do enter the foster care system, Black children are likely to remain in care longer and experience more placement instability than kids who are white or Hispanic.
Because of these beliefs, PCHAS offers preventative services that strengthen families and prevent abuse and neglect. We’re also on a mission to find a family for every child who needs one, because foster care is sometimes necessary. It takes a broad spectrum of families to meet the unique needs of each child and group of siblings. We recognize and honor differences in traditions and experiences. Regardless of whether families and children share the same skin color, we know that everyone will be learning as the family grows.
Do you respect the culture and experience of others? Do you believe that every child should have a safe, loving, nurturing family?