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Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) is the result of two historic mergers of Presbyterian children’s agencies. The first merger involved two Texas children’s agencies, Presbyterian Children’s Homes (PCH) and Presbyterian Children’s Services (PCS). Presbyterian Children’s Homes was founded in 1903 when a young mother dying of tuberculosis, Leontine Hector Blaney, met with the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and arranged for the care of her four children upon her death. In response, the women of the church rented a home, hired a matron and created an orphanage. In 1905, the ministry moved to Itasca, Texas. The campus still operates today as PCHAS’ Itasca Foster Care Village.
A few years later and not too far away, the Presbytery of Abilene started a separate home for orphans in 1916 called the Reynolds Presbyterian Orphanage and School in Albany, TX. This ministry moved to Dallas in 1923 and then to Waxahachie in 1960. In 1998 its name was changed to Presbyterian Children’s Services (PCS). The Waxahachie campus is still in operation and serves foster families, families experiencing trauma, struggling single parents and youth who have aged out of foster care. In 2002, these two beloved Texas children’s agencies merged to create Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) of Texas and Louisiana.
The second merger occurred on January 1, 2018 when PCHAS of Texas and Louisiana merged with PCHAS of Missouri to operate under the name Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS). Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Missouri traced its roots back to 1914 in Farmington, Missouri, where Presbyterian pastors and elders founded an orphanage for children whose parents died in mining accidents. The Farmington Children’s Home grew to include numerous homes and a working farm. Over the years, additional programs were added to help foster children, young adults and families.
In 2020, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services begins its 117th year of service. Its 14 programs in 28 service locations with approximately 325 employees will serve an estimated 4,500 children and families with Christ-centered care and support throughout Texas, Missouri and Louisiana. We invite you to partner with us as we bring love and hope to children and families in need.