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Foster Care: Children need safe, stable homes

Vulnerable children in West Virginia rely on a network of educators, law enforcement, social workers and bureaucrats to keep them as safe and healthy as possible while their lives are turned upside down. Another important part of that team are the foster families who offer those children shelter.

May is National Foster Care Month, and here in the Mountain State, the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Social Services reports there are nearly 7,000 children in out-of-home care while Social Services works to help the rest of the family get the help and support they need.

“National Foster Care Month is not only a time to share the need for foster parents in West Virginia, but it is also an opportunity to highlight the hard work of DHHR staff and those who provide homes and stability for West Virginia youth,” said Jeff Pack, commissioner of the BSS. “We are thankful for all who join us in our mission to ensure child safety, permanency, and well-being through foster care and adoption.”

Sadly, the need here is greater than the number of foster families who have so far stepped up. May is a good chance then to assess whether you are in a position to join the ranks of those who serve as a lifeline for kids in desperate need of love and care they may not have received in quite some time.

It is not easy, and certainly not for everyone. But if you are willing and able, and believe that with the right training and support, you, too, could make a difference for some of these kids, contact Mission West Virginia at www.missionwv.org, or call 304-512-0555.

They need you.

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