Our Programs: Adoption and Maternity Services
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ adoption and maternity services include training and support groups for couples seeking to adopt children and free programs for women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and are considering making an adoption plan for their child.
Adoptive families are guided through the home study and legal process and receive support and training before a child is placed in their home. Read about current families ready to welcome a child into their homes here.
Open adoption allows birthparents to not only select, but also meet future adoptive parents. Birthparents can maintain a close relationship with their birth child throughout the years, based on their comfort level. This can include contacts such as personal visits, pictures, letters and telephone calls. An open adoption is beneficial to both birth families and adoptive families. Children can never have too many people to love them. Therefore, having an open adoption enables children to know their birthparents and learn more about their family history.
Most adoptions today are open, but in the past, the records were usually sealed. Adults who were adopted as children often ask us to help them search for and reunite them with their birth parents. This process involves counseling for all parties. In a typical year, we help more than 100 families in the Search and Reunion program.
Counseling for the birth mother doesn’t stop after the baby is born. When she needs help that extends beyond six weeks after delivery, we connect her to a Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services Child and Family specialist. We provide housing, medical care, food, and child care for other children in the household.
Every day, the Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ Adoption Services Program makes an impact on peoples’ lives. In this issue of From the Heart, you will meet Bianca Esquivel, a PCHAS Adoption Services social worker, and two couples who are providing “forever homes” to children who need them. You will also read about a courageous birth mother who realized the most responsible decision she could make regarding her newborn child was to allow that child to be adopted by other parents.
Click the newsletter at right to read these stories and more in our winter issue.
For information about PCHAS Adoption Services, contact:
PCHAS Adoption Services
7880 San Felipe Street, Suite 111
Houston, Texas 77063
Phone: 713-522-2800 | 800-543-2229
For foster care or residential services outside the Houston area, please contact our Clinical Services team at 800-277-4352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.