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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!

Foster Care Inquiry Form

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

In West Virginia, we have approximately 6,300 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.

With the current drug epidemic the need for foster families in West Virginia has reached crisis levels. 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.
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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:

  • Region I Morgantown
    E-mail : Brandi Davis, Director 304-284-0992
  • Region I Parkersburg
    E-mail:  Jodi Null, Supervisor 304-485-0650
  • Region I Wheeling
    E-Mail: Stephanie Strope, Supervisor
  • Region II Charleston
    E-mail: Charlotte Deal, Supervisor 304-345-3894
  • Region II Chapmanville/Logan
    E-Mail: Michelle Ford, Supervisor, 304-310-2514
  • Region II Huntington-coming soon
    E-Mail: Diana Lucas, Supervisor,
  • Region III Martinsburg
    E-mail: Amanda James, Supervisor 304-264-0225
  • Region III Romney
    E-mail : Sally Johnson, Director 304-822-4652
  • Region IV Lewisburg
    E-mail: Mary Carr, Director 304-647-3430
  • Region IV Summersville
    E-Mail: Mary Carr, Supervisor, 304-205-9375
  • Region IV Princeton
    E-mail : Ruth Bailey,   304-431-2424
  • Region IV Northfolk
    E-Mail: Kegan Nealen, 304-862-4951

 

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.





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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

Donations

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.

Janet Smith Vineyard Forever Families Center for Permanency

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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."

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

Janet Smith Vineyard Forever Families Center for Permanency

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Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
Announces new Board of Directors Members

Charleston, WV – On Thursday, November 16th, 2017, Children’s Home Society of West Virginia held their Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn, in South Charleston. The following community members were unanimously appointed as new Board Members:

Sarah Whittaker took over as chair:

Sarah Whittaker, CHS Board of Directors Chair, grew up in Mercer County WV.  She attended WVU for an undergraduate and graduate social work degree.  She worked for Children’s Home Society in a number of varied social work positions through the late 1980’s and through the 1990’s.  She received a doctorate in social work, and began teaching at Concord University after that. She remains a professor up to the present.  She has served on the local advisory council of Children’s Home Society Princeton office, and in a number of community and state level committees, task forces, and organizations. She has been on the board of directors since the early 2010’s, moving to the chair position this year. 

Kim Williams:

I grew up in St. Albans, WV and graduated from St. Albans High School and then Marshall University. My first job out of school was with Ellis & Ellis and I was there for 20 years.  I left E&E in 2008 and became the CFO for Harley-Davidson of West Virginia for 8 years.  I returned to E&E in 2016.  At Ellis & Ellis, I perform audits for numerous non-profit and for-profit companies, prepare business, individual and exempt organization tax returns and work on special projects. I have served as a volunteer with the United Way, reviewing financial statements and programs of the agencies they serve; I am the chair of the Finance Committee for my church, St. Francis of Assisi in St. Albans; I coached youth soccer and basketball when my children were younger.

My husband and I currently reside in South Charleston. I have 2 children and just recently had my first grandchild.

Stephanie Hayhurst:

We would like to nominate Stephanie Hayhurst-Hall for board membership. Stephanie is an adoptive parent and is a strong spokesperson for adoption and child advocacy. Stephanie lives in Ritchie County, and is the President and an agent of her State Farm Insurance business in Clarksburg.  She is active in the Chamber of Commerce and other civic activities. Stephanie has been a strong supporter of Children’s Home Society in both the Parkersburg and Clarksburg/Fairmont/Morgantown areas, and has spoken of her adoption experience in the media.  She is married to Jason Hall, with Hall Drilling, LLC, and has two children.  She attended Marshall University, and has an MSW from West Virginia University. Stephanie was adopted through Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

Kristie Hadley:

Kristie Hadley is a native of the Eastern Panhandle.  She was raised in South Berkeley County and graduated in 1993 from Musselman High School. Kristie later attended Lord Fairfax Community college in the field study of Business Management.  Kristie has been an employee with BCT (Bank of Charles Town) for the last 4 years and brings an additional 21 years’ of experience with her in the financial industry.  Her current position with BCT is Asst. Vice President/Market Leader.  In this area;  she assist in overseeing branch operations and works with branch staff for generation of new business growth for the bank. Kristie’s previous financial experience included retail and mortgage lending.

Kristie currently resides in Hedgesville with her husband and three daughters.  She is actively involved in her church along with several non-profit organizations.  Kristie has been involved with Children’s Home Society for the last 10 years and sits on their Advisory Board.  Kristie works with the CHS Advisory Board in fundraising activities.  She is instrumental in generating donors from the local community through her networking efforts. Kristie has also worked with local Delegates in bringing recognition to CHS and the needs for program funding.  She has also been involved for the last five (5) years with the BackPack program and Co-Chairs their Board of Directors. Kristie is very passionate about the youth of our area and is pleased to be an advocate for them.

Over the last 3 years Kristie has assisted with the United Way’s corporate campaign fundraiser and was named 2016 Volunteer of the Year.  Kristie is a graduate of the Leadership Berkeley program and now holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Martinsburg/Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce.  

Kristie is a member of the Community Bankers of WV Leadership program.  This program allows her to travel around WV and interact with other Community Bankers throughout WV. Together, they bring awareness to the communities for needs that need to be met.

Kristie contributes her successes by following the quote;  “You have two hands,  one to help yourself and the second to help others.”   You will always find her giving back to the community whether it be time or resources!

  

 

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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. 

 

 

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