Who We Are…

The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia is a private, non-profit child welfare organization founded in 1896. The Society is a participatory organization consisting of employees, foster families, adoptive families, volunteers, Board members, Directors Emeriti, advisory council members, donors, benefactors, supporters, and friends. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is representative of the communities we serve from around the state. We are licensed to provide child welfare and behavioral health services in West Virginia. We are a member agency of the West Virginia Alliance for Children, the Child Welfare League of America and we are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.

Comprehensive child welfare, behavioral health, social casework and advocacy services are provided to over 6,887 children each year from twelve primary locations throughout the state. Some of our current programs are adoption, foster care, in-home and in-community services for children and families, emergency shelter care, respite, mediation, parent education training, prenatal and early childhood services, volunteer and mentoring, youth services, visitation and reunification, school based social work, day care and comprehensive assessment services.

What We Hope To Accomplish…

The mission of the Children’s Home Society is to promote the well being of children. Our current efforts are directed at helping children find lifetime families, protecting and nurturing children, and helping preserve and strengthen their families.

Strategic Vision…

The future we see for our children:  That the Children’s Home Society, working in concert with other organizations and institutions, assures that each child in West Virginia grows up in a safe and nurturing family that provides for his or her current and future needs.


The basic principles that guide us include:

Clients.  We recognize the well being of the children and families we serve is our first priority.

A sense of purpose.  We are a mission driven organization.

Ethical standard.  We honor commitments to clients, contributors, funding organizations and communities.

Collaboration.  Meaningful partnerships with other organizations, government and communities are necessary to attain our mission.

Governance.  The most important role of our governing board is to lead the organization into the future.

Use of resources.  We are committed to obtaining and using in a cost effective manner every available resource to benefit the children and families we serve.

Organizational performance.  We strive to be a quality controlled, customer driven, team managed organization.

Diversity.  Our efforts are strengthened and enhanced through the economic and cultural diversity of our clients, employees, contributors and friends.

Permanency.  We believe every child deserves a lifetime family, that permanency is possible for all children, and that the single most important thing that we can do to promote positive long term outcomes for children is to connect them with stable and loving families.

Staff.   We value and support our employees and recognize that caring, well trained, qualified and highly motivated personnel are critical to our success.

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