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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.
   
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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
    : Brandi Davis, Director 304-284-0992
  • Region I Parkersburg
    : Carna Metheney-White, Director 304-485-0650
  • Region I Wheeling
    : Stephanie Strope, Permanency Social Worker, 304-218-2193
  • Region II Charleston
    : Scott Foley, Supervisor 304-345-3894
  • Region III Martinsburg
    : Deb Barthlow, Director 304-264-0225
  • Region III Romney
    : Sally Johnson, Director 304-822-4652
  • Region IV Lewisburg
    : Janet Richmond, Director 304-647-3430
  • Region IV Princeton
    : Joanne Boileau, Supervisor 304-431-2424

 

   
 

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