FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2016
Pat and Syvilla Stacy with Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) to accept statewide Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards (TCCWB) Award
(Pictured above: Pat and Syvilla Stacy with their three sons.)
AUSTIN – Austin-based nonprofit agency Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) is proud to announce its own foster parents Pat and Syvilla Stacy have been recognized as 2016 Foster Parents of the Year by the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards (TCCWB). The Stacy family will be honored on Friday, September 9 during an awards luncheon in Austin, Texas.
Each year the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards accepts statewide nominations from Regional Councils for individuals and organizations whose accomplishments positively impact the Texas foster care community. The 2016 final winners were selected by the TCCWB Awards Committee.
“It is an incredible honor to be named Foster Parents of the Year,” said Pat Stacy, PCHAS foster father. “I am so proud of my entire family for their tireless efforts to help children every day. Syvilla and I would not be where we are today without the strength of our children. We all have so much love to give and that is all these kids really need is love.”
Since 2007, Pat and Syvilla Stacy, foster parents with Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS), have provided love and support to nearly 60 children in their home over the years (41 children through PCHAS and 19 children through Child Protective Services). The Stacy’s live in Wichita Falls with their two biological sons, one son whom they adopted through foster care, and a recently adopted daughter.
“Pat and Syvilla are truly exceptional advocates for children in the foster care system,” says PCHAS president and CEO Ed Knight. “They willingly sacrifice their personal time to ensure children have the best care while away from their families. Pat and Syvilla are an inspiration to all who know them and we are proud they are part of the PCHAS family.”
Pat serves as the president of the local Foster Parent Association in Wichita Falls, and also leads outreach activities featuring children who are waiting for adoption. Syvilla stays at home with the children while Pat works at the Petrolia Independent School District. Pat is the Foster Child Liaison for Petrolia ISD helping to smooth the way for other foster parents whose foster children are having trouble at school.
In addition, Pat and Syvilla donate their time to Heart Gallery and Child Abuse Prevention Month activities as well as leading initiatives for children across the state including their recent assistance with a summer camp for kids. Earlier this year, the Stacy’s also received the Patsy Baggett Award from the Wichita County Child Welfare Board, an award given each year in April during National Prevent Child Abuse Month.
“If you want to change this world and touch the heart of the world, you’ve got to touch the heart of a child first,” said Pat Stacy. “And when you start touching the heart of those children, you are going to change the heart of our world.”
The TCCWB Awards Luncheon will take place on Friday, September 9 at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Hotel located at 3401 South IH 35 in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.tccwb.org/news-events/tccwb-awards/. To learn more about PCHAS adoption services, please visit http://adoption.pchas.org. For foster care, go to http://befosterproud.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 Twitter @PCHAS, Instagram @PCHASTX and on Facebook.com/PCHASWay.