Heartline Ministries was founded in 2000 with the mission of strengthening Haitian families and preventing children from becoming orphans by empowering Haitians with maternal and infant health care, education, vocational training, economic development, and Christian outreach.
Heartline has its origins in the work of founders, John and Beth McHoul, who previously operated a licensed creche to provide compassionate care for relinquished children while facilitating their adoptions. For over a decade, the McHouls interacted with hundreds upon hundreds of Haitian families handing over children for adoption for two reasons: mothers died during or shortly after childbirth, and families were unable to afford another child due to the extreme pressures of material poverty.
After listening to families consistently share their devastation at relinquishing children for these reasons, the McHouls shifted the focus of their work from orphan care and adoption facilitation to orphan prevention and family preservation. Heartline Ministries was founded as a result of this significant missional shift.
The Heartline Maternity Center and Education Center respectively address the root causes of child orphanhood – maternal death associated with pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum complications, and extreme material poverty stemming from lack of job opportunities and productive income generating skills. By empowering parents to survive childbirth and financially provide for their children, these programs have significantly reduced the number of children relinquished to orphanages. All other Heartline programs share the purpose of strengthening families and equipping families to stay together.
Heartline’s story is just getting started. We have empowered thousands of Haitians with proven interventions that keep families together, but there are many thousands of children growing up in orphanages even though they have living parents.
Heartline believes that every child deserves a family. Join us in changing the story for Haitian families by tackling the root causes of child orphanhood so that children can stay where they belong and thrive – in loving families.