Q&A with MCH's Houston Outreach Office

The Methodist Children’s Home outreach office in Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas have been partners for over ten years serving mothers who give birth in prison. Mothers in the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) unit, Carole Young Medical Facility, often are in need of a loving temporary home for their newborns until their release. Veronica Whalon-Peters, Houston outreach director, knows firsthand how this ministry can offer hope to these mothers.

We caught up with Veronica to learn more about this ministry. The Houston office staff are pictured below: (l-r) Veronica Whalon-Peters, Nicole Washington, Jerri Melonson Givens and Ramonia Ross.

Houston outreach office staff

Q: How did the Houston outreach office become involved in helping these mothers?
A: A TDC Chaplain saw a need for these moms and voiced his concerns to the UTMB staff where the mothers deliver their babies. The UTMB caseworker contacted the Houston outreach office. The relationship evolved and now MCH is known as a trustworthy and reliable agency for voluntary placements while the moms complete their prison sentence.

Q: How has this made you and your staff feel about meeting this unique need?
A: It feels great to be able to help parents who do not have anyone else willing or able to care for their children. We have many parents who are successfully reunited with their children and it is truly a blessing for both mother and child. MCH has great foster parents who love, care and nurture these little ones while their parents work on improving their situation for themselves and their children.

Photo of a child in foster carePictured left is a child currently in foster care through the prison ministry. The mother of this child wrote to the Home that she is pleased with the care her son is receiving and she is grateful to see him smiling and happy in photos each month.

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