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Lifetime Families, Life - Long Commitments

"Too many children in our country do not succeed because crises leave them without a family to whom they can turn for the kind of support that most children take for granted."
(Annie E. Casey Foundation)

Adoptions are as old as civilization itself with one of the oldest recorded adoptions being that of baby Moses. Adoption is a good choice for teens and women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. We are dedicated in our belief that all children deserve a permanent and secure family. We provide support, counseling and other services to all members of the adoption triad.

The triad members consist of the birth parents, the child and the adoptive parents. Our Adoption program assists in finding homes for children so they can experience healthy development in a permanent secure family. We have experienced staff that is sensitive to the needs of those involved in the Adoption process. It is our belief that a strong foundation is built upon professionalism, individual and personal attention and sensitivity to each individual's needs.

Whether you are considering an adoption plan for your child or you are seeking to be adoptive parents we are here to help you make an informed decision.

To learn more about adoption, we invite you to review the information provided within this web site and contact one of our Adoption Social Workers at 304-345-3894. Our goal is to provide information to all individuals interested in adoption.

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Become A Foster Parent

You can change tomorrow by helping a child today!

bullet Fostering is an important long-standing component of the child welfare system in the United States

In West Virginia, we have approximately 3,000 children in out-of-home care every day. Many of these children live in family foster care homes. Foster care is a planned, goal-directed service for children who cannot live with their birth families for some period of time. Foster care is designed primarily as a temporary service that responds to crises in the lives of children and families. Some children, however, remain in foster care for extended periods of time.

Over the last few years, we have realized a drastic reduction in the number of available foster parents. A big part of this shift is due to foster parents adopting their foster children. We think this is a great outcome, however this trend reduces the number of available foster homes while the number of children coming into care stays the same.
bullet Make a difference to a child

Becoming a foster parent says a lot about who you are and the values you hold.

It says, “I care about the future, and I’m doing my part to help secure a young person’s future.” Being a foster parent is often one of the most fulfilling things you can do. People talk about giving back to the community or to a worthy cause - this is the time. Think of fostering as giving to the future, a child’s future.
bullet Our Foster Parents Provide

Foster children with basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing in a safe environment. Foster parents also provide love, guidance, emotional support and discipline. Foster parents will enroll the child in school and provide opportunities for recreational activities.

Foster parents encourage and support the religious beliefs, heritage, and language of the child and his or her family.

Foster parents respect the foster child and their family.
bullet To Be Foster Parents You Will:
  1. Be at least 21 years old and have a steady source of income.
  2. Be in good physical and emotional health.
  3. Meet State licensing requirements for housing, safety and space.
  4. Have a high school diploma or GED.
bullet Steps to Become A Foster Parent
  1. Call one of the Society’s offices listed at the bottom of this page.
  2. You will complete an application form.
  3. A background check will be conducted.
  4. The homefinder will conduct a home assessment to determine if the home meets safety, space and health standards.
  5. You will receive extensive training from the Society.
  6. A home study will be completed.

After You Are Approved

  1. The Society’s foster care social worker will contact you with a potential placement when a child becomes available.
  2. The Society’s foster care social worker will provide you with as much information as available regarding the child.
  3. You will be able to meet your potential foster child prior to placement.
  4. You will have the opportunity to ask the Society’s foster care social worker questions.
bullet To Make A Difference

Please call us at one of our Foster Care locations listed below to be involved or to receive more information on how to become a foster parent:


How You Can Help

The Children’s Home Society has 12 service locations that provide statewide services. There are many ways you can volunteer in your community by:

  • Participating on an Advisory Council
  • Volunteering at one of our 10 Emergency Child Shelters/Helping with a Special Project
  • Tutoring
  • Fund Raising Activities/Event Planning
  • Little Red Stocking Campaign Volunteer
  • Assist with the recruitment of foster and adoptive families
  • Help with program sustainability through monetary and in-kind contributions
  • Be a voice for the Children’s Home Society - tell others!

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WE CAN is a community-based program that works to help vulnerable children and their families. Volunteer mentors assist professionally trained staff in providing needed services to children and families.

Intervention programs such as WE CAN help promote positive outcomes while focusing on the strengths and interest of the child.


The Impact OF Mentoring

Children who have an adult mentor are:

    46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
    27% less likely to start drinking
    52% less likely to skip school
Source: www.mentoring.org

Becoming A Mentor Is Easy

    Be at least 18 years old
    Have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance
    Submit an application
    Provide 3 references
    Complete WV State police and CPS background checks
    Attend training sessions
    Agree to spend 2-6 hours weekly for a 6 month period

Join us by calling today. You Can Make A Difference:

Morgantown – Andrea Morris (304) 342-8477
Logan - Ellen Browning (304) 792-6261
Lewisburg – Lesley Tolliver (304) 647-3430
Martinsburg - Celestine Boyd (304) 260-0400
Parkersburg – Heather Reinike (304) 485-0650
Princeton - Laura Suroski (304)425-8738


bullet Donation Types

Contributions. Contributions of any amount are appreciated and all gifts are tax deductible. You can be assured 100% of your gift will go to programs and services. Donor wishes are always honored. You may designate a specific program or site to receive your gift.

Memorial/Honor Gifts. A contribution given "in memory of" or "in honor of" a friend or relative can be a very gratifying tribute while providing assistance to children in crisis. Memorial gifts are acknowledged immediately to the family of the deceased per your instructions, giving the name of the donor only. Honor gifts are acknowledged to the person you designate, giving the name of the donor only.

Capital Campaigns. Currently the Society is conducting special fundraising campaigns for the development of emergency shelter facilities for children and youth in need of out-of-home care in Cabell/Wayne and Wood County areas. The Huntington Children's Shelter and the Arthur N. Gustke Shelter in Parkersburg will welcome your gift and your interest. Your gift to either of these campaigns will help ensure shelter care is available in these locations for more than 200 children annually.
On June 1, 2008, the Society kicks off the "50 for 50" campaign to support the purchase of office space for the Children and Family Services programs in the Greenbrier Valley. Click here to learn more about this campaign and how you can become a part of helping children and families in need. When you're ready to make your pledge, click here for the official "50 for 50" campaign pledge form.

bullet Donate Online

Gifts to the Society may be made via credit card on-line through Network for Good. This site accepts Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover and will forward your gift to the Society.

Go directly to the CHS page at

bullet Donate By Phone
Call Children's Home Society at 1-304-346-0795 and ask for Director, Development & Philanthropy.

Use our optional Form

bullet Donate by Mail
Please make checks payable to Children's Home Society of West Virginia and mail to:
Attention Director, Development & Philanthropy
PO Box 2942
Charleston,WV 25330

Use our optional Form

bullet Donate By Fax

Please fax your personal information and credit card information (Visa or Master Card only please) to 1-304-346-1062

Use our optional Form
bullet Donate Through EBay
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You as a donor can auction that old rocking chair in the garage and give all or part of your proceeds to the Society. In fact, you can sell almost anything online and have the proceeds go to help the Society. Simply click on the link below to go to the Society's page on MissionFish! Don't throw it away! Click the logo below to Auction it online!

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Neighborhood Investment Program

The Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP) is a program overseen by the West Virginia Development Office. Each year approved non-profit organizations are allotted state tax credits that can be given to donors who contribute $500 or more for a specific cause. Our projects include; improvements to our 10 emergency child shelter facilities, expansion of our adoption and foster care programs statewide, increasing our early intervention services and programs and to expand our WE CAN mentoring program statewide.

Saving money is easy: when a business or individual contributes $500 or more to the Children's Home Society of West Virginia for the purpose of funding our current projects they become eligible to receive up to 50% of the amount contributed in the form of state tax credits. These credits are in addition to any federal tax deductions.

For example, a $10,000 contribution to the Society would result in $5,000 in State tax savings and a possible Federal tax savings of roughly $2,800 and the cost to you could be as little as $2200.

The NIP program is simple. Send us a contribution of at least $500 and we will send you a tax credit voucher for 50% of your contribution. Attach the voucher to the appropriate tax form and deduct the credit from the amount of taxes owed.

The NIP program provides the donor an excellent way to stretch the value of their charitable contributions while helping to care for children and families all across the state.

Please consider a donation of $500 or more today and see how beneficial the NIP program is while helping to make a difference in the lives of children.

Please contact Mary White at 304-345-3894 or your accountant for more information or simply send a contribution to the Society at PO Box 2942, Charleston, WV 25330 and mark your check or the envelope as a "NIP Contribution."



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Announces new Board of Directors Members

Charleston, WV – On Thursday, November 10th, 2015, Children’s Home Society of West Virginia held their Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn, in South Charleston. At that time, three individuals were recognized as valuable supporters of the agency and were nominated to the Board of Directors for their first three year term. The following community members were unanimously appointed as new Board Members:

Betty Hendrick:

Betty Hendrick is a long time member of the Lewisburg site Advisory Council. She has been a key person in the events and accomplishments of the Lewisburg and Greenbrier Valley Children’s Home sites. She is a co-owner of Pleasant View Angus Farms and is active in the Monroe-Summers-Greenbrier Counties communities, in a wide variety of capacities, including the Summers County Planning Commission. Betty is a very strong advocate for children’s issues, the agency, and for community engagement. Betty is an adoptive parent.

Victoria Wilson:

Victoria Wilson is a 2004 graduate of Spelman College and a 2007 graduate of the WVU College of Law. She is an attorney in Charleston and practices at Samuel I. White, P.C.  She has been a member of the Children's Home Society of WV Human Rights Committee since 2009.  She is also a member or the WVU College of Law Visiting Committee.

Kim Stilwell:

Kim has been a strong supporter of Children’s Home Society through her mission and ministry work through First Presbyterian Church.  She has a long time passion for advocacy in adoption.   She serves at First Presbyterian in many ways that have assisted and supported CHS over the years.  She is married to Craig, who is an executive leader at City National Bank.  They have three daughters.  She is very excited and intrigued by furthering her advocacy work with children and families with the CHS Board of Directors.


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Functional Family Therapy was founded in the 1970s by Dr. James F. Alexander. FFT LLC is the model's training and dissemination organization. The FFT model has received international recognition for its outcomes in helping troubled youth and their families to overcome delinquency, substance abuse, and violence. It is a short-term treatment strategy that is built on a foundation of respect of individuals, families and cultures, but that includes powerful treatment strategies that pave the way for motivating individuals and families to become more adaptive and successful in their own lives. In doing so, FFT helps to save families while at the same time preventing crime and victimization in communities.
Children’s Home Society of West Virginia is providing Functional Family Therapy Services from our Martinsburg and Parkersburg locations, serving Berkeley, Wood and surrounding counties.   For more information or to make a referral please call:

Martinsburg Office- 304-264-0225    Fax Number – 304-264-2084

Parkersburg Office – 304-485-0650   Fax Number – 304-485-0618


Quilt Raffle

Children’s Home Society in Romney, WV wishes to congratulate Jeff Michael, the winner of our 2016 Quilt raffle!  We wish to thank the Community Quilts of Hampshire County for making and donating yet another very beautiful quilt for this fundraiser!  We also thank the community for all of your support!



In West Virginia, A Pregnancy Prevention and Basic Center Program Collaborate to Empower Homeless Youth


Carefree teen girlsThe West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources uses federal support from FYSB’s State Personal Responsibility Education Program, also known as State PREP, to implement teen pregnancy prevention programs with teens most at-risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The agency partners with Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, a social services provider, to offer teen pregnancy prevention programs to teens in out-of-home care at 14 sites across the state. One of the agency’s implementation sites, the Mid Town Family Resource Center, has focused primarily on homeless youth served by the agency’s basic center program, a grantee of FYSB’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program. The partners involved in the work at the Mid Town Family Resource Center chose to unite around homeless youth to bring knowledge and hope to youth who can use it most, says Deena Ellison, director of West Virginia’s State PREP program.  “Whether being pregnant leads to homelessness or homelessness leads to getting pregnant, reproductive health is a huge priority because pregnancy limits [teens’] options and choices,” she says.

As part of the collaboration, instructors at the Mid Town Family Resource Center present information about reproductive health and organize strengths-based activities using information from the evidence-based Making Proud Choices! curriculum.

Participants, who range in age from 15 to 20, meet every Tuesday and Thursday and are divided into small groups of 10 to help build comfort and confidence as they share their questions and experiences around relationship abuse, risky sexual behaviors, and healthy goals for their future.

The Mid Town Family Resource Center staff also use group meetings to introduce youth to local service providers, including agencies that provide pathways to job support, family planning, and safe housing. Agency representatives often visit the group in-person to explain available services and what youth can expect when they seek assistance, says Children’s Home Society Director Lisa Doyle-Parsons. Discovering local resources is especially important for youth experiencing homelessness, some of whom offer sex in exchange for food or a place to stay, Doyle-Parsons says. Knowing they can meet their needs without offering something in return gives youth a sense of control and the power to say “no” to abusive situations.

In fact, the program gives participants another valuable skill—the ability to negotiate their relationships to make choices in their own best interest. Young people learn strategies for communicating their needs and preferences with others, Ellison says, and participate in role-play scenarios to practice those lessons. “It’s a huge deal for teenagers [because] they don’t know how to say, ‘I want to protect myself.’ They don’t know they can say ‘no,’” Ellison says.

Many of the youth who have received support at the Mid Town Family Resource Center continue to stay engaged in the community by volunteering with Children’s Home Society or other local initiatives. Participants have gone on to contribute to point-in-time counts of individuals experiencing homelessness, activities for increasing homelessness awareness, and even a recent program on human trafficking. The shift marks young people’s desire not only to use community resources themselves, but also to serve as resources for others, Doyle-Parsons says. “Instead of victims, they are victors now.”

Message from Children's Home Society's Chief Executive Officer  Stephen R. Tuck- Safe At Home Initiative

The Safe At Home initiative of the Department of Health and Human Resources is a way for all West Virginian's to make a difference for children and families.  The Children's Home Society welcomes the opportunity to be a part of this collaborative effort while furthering our own Mission;  to promote the wellbeing of all children.  The Society encourages our community members, our churches, schools, civic groups and businesses to join with us to ensure every child has the opportunity to be "Safe At Home"  with their families,  in their own communities. 



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