Bob and Pamela Hoch, co-founders, The Rachel Foundation for Family Reintegration. Situated in the Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio, Rachel House provides residential reintegration programs and other services to reunite parents and children whose bonds have been damaged or destroyed by abduction, alienation or estrangement.
The Rachel Foundation collaborates with U.S. federal and state courts, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues, the U.S. Department of Justice, Missing and Exploited Children’s Division, law enforcement, Central Authorities in cases involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and professionals in agency and private practice. Family court judges and agency representatives from Spain and Russia recently visited Rachel House to learn about its programs and services to courts.
Pamela Stuart-Mills Hoch, M.A. directs Rachel programs as a volunteer, and consults on family reintegration issues. A doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Texas San Antonio, she has worked for 18 years, in Canada and the U.S., to develop solution-focused family reintegration programs. Courts in 11 states and 5 countries have recognized her as an expert in this field and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s honored her with the “Award of Merit for Outstanding Commitment to the Protection of Children and International Child Abduction Issues.” Fluently bi-lingual (English/French) Pamela is a member of the American Counseling Association, Texas Counseling Association, the Scholastic Honors Society, and Chi Sigma Iota, international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators.
Bob Hoch, M.A., volunteer Executive Director, the Rachel Foundation. Since 2000, when the U.S. Department of Justice provided start-up funding, the Hochs have built “Rachel” to serve about 600 families, courts and professionals in 49 states and 27 foreign countries, with more than 60 children reunited with parents through Rachel’s residential reintegration program “Bridges.”
Bob oversees the complex logistics that ensure the safe arrival of alienated or returning abducted children and their custodial parent, from within the U.S. and from abroad. He interfaces with law enforcement, courts and agencies around the world. Using a methodology he designed for this purpose, Bob analyzes the demographics of divorce and alienation and prepares internal studies to estimate the number of families who experience high-conflict divorce throughout the United States. He also developed a methodology for estimating Rachel Foundation success rates.
Bob is Vice President of the Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO), an international association that provides a unified voice on issues related to missing and exploited children and their families, and nurtures credible, ethical and effective nonprofit member organizations.
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