In 1986, a series of newspaper articles pointing to the alarming numbers of teen pregnancies in Hong Kong deeply moved Gary & Helen Stephens and Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah to found Mother’s Choice. Despite having young families and limited resources, they quickly rolled up their sleeves. With their heart for service, love for the city of Hong Kong, and support from many in the community, they opened the doors to Mother’s Choice in 1987. Their passion to provide loving, non-judgmental support to the many pregnant teenagers who had no one else to turn to quickly expanded to providing nurturing care to children without families, and to be a voice for them to be in a family.
Today, Mother’s Choice continues to serve the many children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong through our services for children, youth and families. These include a Child Care Home (safe and nurturing temporary care), Foster Care Services, Adoption Services and Pregnant Girls Services. Mother’s Choice run a Community Education Department, who partner with the community to be champions for children and deliver Comprehensive Sexuality Education to schools across Hong Kong.
Mother’s Choice believes that despite the challenges that vulnerable girls and babies come to us with – there is hope for their future. It is in “family” – a safe, loving and permanent family, where their life stories can be changed. Mother’s Choice believes it takes a village to raise a child, and that everyone has a role to play in serving the most vulnerable in Hong Kong.