FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 21, 2016
ADOPTION AGENCY EXPANDS ACROSS TEXAS, LAUNCHES
CAMPAIGN FOR BIRTH MOTHERS
New locations increase reach and ability to assist birth mothers and adoptive families across the state
AUSTIN – Austin-based nonprofit agency Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) today announced the expansion of its adoption services to new locations in Texas including Austin, Dallas and Wichita Falls to coincide with the launch of an educational awareness campaign focused on birth mothers. This is the first time in decades that the agency has chosen to serve birth parents and adoptive families in these cities.
“This is an exciting time for us. We will continue to serve those in need across the state as we increase awareness of PCHAS’ adoption services to the ones who need it most—children, birth parents, single parents and adoptive families,” says PCHAS president Ed Knight. “We will be paying special attention to birth mothers as we expand to larger markets in Texas. We want birth mothers who are going through a very emotional time to know there is somewhere they can turn for emotional support and guidance.”
The expansion paves the way for the “Silent No More – #BirthMomStrong” campaign, which aims to give strength and voice back to birth mothers across the state telling the (mostly untold) story of the birth mother and by educating the public on the adoption process. PCHAS is leading the charge to give strength and support to a birth mother’s most difficult decision: placing her child with a loving family.
Through in-person support groups, speaking opportunities and online conversations, the agency will encourage birth mothers to tell their story and be silent no more, nor to feel shame. Instead of being silenced, PCHAS will allow birth mothers an avenue for their stories and voices to be heard.
“I am very pleased that PCHAS is focusing its efforts on adoption services across the state,” says Celeste Ross, associate vice president for PCHAS Adoption Services. “At a time when non-agency adoptions are on the rise and birth moms are left without rights or due legal process, it is critical that they know they have an agency they can trust to be their voice when all feels lost. We are proud to be ‘birth mom strong’ here at PCHAS.”
For the past six years, PCHAS Adoption Program was coordinated out of its Houston office. Now, by offering additional adoption services in Austin, Dallas and Wichita Falls, PCHAS will focus its efforts on a larger population of birth parents and adoptive families on a local level with personal attention to those in need. This year, PCHAS hired new adoption specialists and program directors to implement the expansion of its adoption services.
The following specialized, experienced staff have been selected for their years of experience working with children through adoption placements. Meet PCHAS’ adoption services staff here: http://adoption.pchas.org/contact/.
PCHAS’ adoption program offers wrap-around services, which include counseling, guidance, adoption, help with proper legal process and education of all of the options available to birth parents and their adoptive families. Meet PCHAS’ waiting families ready to give a forever home to a child in need here: http://adoption.pchas.org/meet-our-waiting-families/. Learn more about the support PCHAS offers to birth parents here: http://adoption.pchas.org/how-we-can-help/.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Texas locations:
7880 San Felipe Street, Suite 111
Houston, Texas 77063
Phone: 713.522.2800 | 800.543.2229
4407 Bee Cave Road, Suite 520
Austin, Texas 78746
Phone: 512.476.1234 | 800.888.1904
Dallas/Fort Worth and Surrounding Area
1234 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75214
4007 Call Field Rd., Suite C.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
PCHAS serves maternity clients, birth parents and adoptive parents across the entire state of Texas. For questions related to PCHAS’ expansion across Texas or to refer someone to our adoption services, please visit us at adoption.pchas.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS):
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) provides Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need. PCHAS of Texas’ seven programs offer a continuum of care. These programs include: Group Homes for children, Foster Care, Adoption, Child and Family (a family preservation program), Single Parent Family and Education and Transitional Living. PCHAS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more on PCHAS, please visit: txarch.pchas.org. To learn more about PCHAS adoption services, please visit adoption.pchas.org. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @PCHAS and on Facebook.com/PCHASWay using the hashtag #BirthMomStrong.