Make a Difference for Children with Children's Home Society
Foster Parents Needed
|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.
|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.
|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.
|To Be Foster Parents You Will:|
|Steps to Become A Foster Parent|
After You Are Approved
|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 HelpThe Children’s Home Society has 12 service locations that provide statewide services. There are many ways you can volunteer in your community by:
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:
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:
Charleston – Andrea Morris (304) 342-8477
Logan - Ellen Browning (304) 792-7095 ext. 70641
Huntington – Jennifer Hill (304) 743-2344
Lewisburg – Lesley Tolliver (304) 647-3430
Martinsburg - Celestine Boyd (304) 260-0400
Parkersburg – Brittany Myers (304) 485-0650
Princeton - Angela Fedele/Eric Lester (304) 425-8738
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.
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.
|Donate By Phone|
|Call Children's Home Society at 1-304-346-0795 and ask for Director, Development & Philanthropy.|
Use our optional Form
|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
Use our optional Form
|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|
|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!
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."
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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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.
Region Three– Deborah Barthlow : 304-264-0225
Region Two – Melody Plumley: 304-743-2345
Grand Central Mall is giving $10,000 away to local charities, and you can help our Parkersburg site win up to $4000.00! Simply turn your holiday shopping into support for your favorite organization. Bring receipts from any Grand Central Mall merchant dated November 1-November 21 to Guest Services to register your support. Every receipt dollar registered equals one point. Don't worry... you get to keep your receipts!
2015 Quilt Raffle Winners are IN
First Place Mary Thewes
Second Place Jeff Biser
We will launch Crumbles on December 1… help us meet our goal!!!
You have been tagged by Crumbles. We hope you will donate $15.00 to the Hovah Hall Underwood Children’s Home, located in Ona, WV. Please go to …. buildingfutures4children.com
It is now your turn to tag your friends with Crumbles so we all can make a difference in the lives of our West Virginia Children. Your name and city will be listed on our fundraising page.