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Children’s Home Society of WV turns 125

Children’s Home Society of WV celebrated 125 years of service on May 4 as part of National Foster Care Month with a proclamation by Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce, center. From left are: Angie Whitehead, Permanency Social Worker; Kim Conrad, Permanency Social Worker; Maggie Ayers, Permanency Social Worker; Megan Bower, Permanency Social Worker; Angela Hatfield, Permanency Supervisor; Ashley Buskirk, Permanency Social Worker; Rachel Sutton, Permanency Social Worker; and Jodi Null, Permanency Supervisor. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Children’s Home Society of WV, a non-profit child welfare organization, celebrated 125 years of service on May 4.

The Mission of the Parkersburg based agency is to promote the well being of children. The current efforts are directed at helping children find lifetime families, protecting and nurturing children, and helping preserve and strengthen families.

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce recognized May as National Foster Care Month. Nearly 7,000 children in the state of West Virginia are living in out of home care. May is designated to raise awareness for children and youth in the community who are in need of foster care services or waiting to be adopted. Staff at Children’s Home Society work on training and recruiting families for the children in need.

Children’s Home Society receives referrals for children, specifically sibling groups and older youth in need of a safe temporary home. The need for foster families continues. Foster care is designed primarily as a temporary service that responds to crisis in the lives of children and families. Some children remain in foster care for extended periods of time and some of the children are ultimately adopted by their foster parents.

In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Children’s Home Society foster families supported 117 kids that were able to be reunited with their parents or placed in a kinship home.

The minimum requirements to get started as a foster care provider include: You must be at least 21 years of age; You must be economically stable; You may be single, married, divorced or widowed; You may rent or own your home; You will need to complete a criminal background check; You will be provided free training and support, including a 24 hour crisis number.

For more information on foster care, contact Jodi Null or Angela Hatfield at 304-485-0650. Information is also available on the Facebook page and website childhswv.org.

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