Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) traces its roots back to 1903 when the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas, opened a home for the four orphaned children of Leontine Hector Blaney, a young mother who died of tuberculosis. Two years later, the Files family donated a large plot of land near Itasca, TX where PCHAS’ oldest continually operating campus remains today.
Another Texas organization, United Presbyterian Homes, established an orphanage and school in 1916. By 1960, it became Presbyterian Children’s Services (PCS). These two agencies merged in 2002 with the name Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS). Since then, we’ve added many residential and community-based programs to help children find permanent homes and to help adults increase their self-sufficiency. Read more about our programs in Texas and Louisiana.
Our roots also trace back to 1914 and 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.
In the mid-1960s, society’s approach to caring for children in state custody shifted away from institutions and toward foster families. Responding to the dual need to help children in foster care, as well as children unable to live in foster care with severe emotional and mental health issues, Presbyterian Home for Children began offering foster care case management and converted its children’s home in Farmington into a residential treatment center. Additional services were later added, such as therapeutic mentoring, family solutions for kids (a unique in-home family preservation service), and transitional living for young adults aging out of foster care. Its newest program, medical case management, ensures children in foster care receive appropriate and timely medical care. Read more about our programs in Missouri.
In 2019 Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services begins its 116th year of service. Its 12 programs in 28 service locations with approximately 400 employees will serve an estimated 5,000 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.