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  • Social Service Agencies Work to Find 5,500 WV Children Homes

    Social Service Agencies Work to Find 5,500 WV Children Homes

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 11:23 AM EDT2017-09-20 15:23:14 GMT

    Right now over 5,000 kids in West Virginia are in the foster care system. 

    Right now over 5,000 kids in West Virginia are in the foster care system. 

  • Finding a Family: Foster Care and Adoption Panel in Elkins

    Finding a Family: Foster Care and Adoption Panel in Elkins

    Monday, September 18 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-09-19 02:39:49 GMT

    As part of our series Finding a Family, we explore the world of foster care and adoption in the state.  Recently, representatives from social service agencies in West Virginia met in Elkins to discuss the foster care crisis.  

    As part of our series Finding a Family, we explore the world of foster care and adoption in the state.  Recently, representatives from social service agencies in West Virginia met in Elkins to discuss the foster care crisis.  

  • Finding a Family: Kate's Story

    Finding a Family: Kate's Story

    Friday, July 28 2017 7:56 PM EDT2017-07-28 23:56:03 GMT

    For the first time in WBOY'S Finding a Family series, WBOY begins a profile on a Marion County woman who is starting her journey to become a foster and adoptive parent.  Meet Kate Vacca Vacca and her father, Bob, have started to get her house ready as Vacca prepares to become a foster mom. "At a young age it really startled me that there are kids out there that don't have secure families, they don't have that love and support from their parents and fam...

    For the first time in WBOY'S Finding a Family series, WBOY begins a profile on a Marion County woman who is starting her journey to become a foster and adoptive parent.  Meet Kate Vacca Vacca and her father, Bob, have started to get her house ready as Vacca prepares to become a foster mom. "At a young age it really startled me that there are kids out there that don't have secure families, they don't have that love and support from their parents and fam...

  • Finding a Family: PRIDE Class for Foster and Adoptive Parents

    Finding a Family: PRIDE Class for Foster and Adoptive Parents

    Friday, July 21 2017 10:16 AM EDT2017-07-21 14:16:23 GMT

    During WBOY's Finding a Family segment, adoption success stories have been featured.    When WBOY has talked to adoptive parents, they mention taking PRIDE classes.    What is a PRIDE class?   For the next seven weeks you can find Brandi Davis of the Children's Home Society here at the Harvest Church of God in Morgantown, working as the instructor of PRIDE.  "It's the parent resource for information development education," said ...

    During WBOY's Finding a Family segment, adoption success stories have been featured.    When WBOY has talked to adoptive parents, they mention taking PRIDE classes.    What is a PRIDE class?   For the next seven weeks you can find Brandi Davis of the Children's Home Society here at the Harvest Church of God in Morgantown, working as the instructor of PRIDE.  "It's the parent resource for information development education," said ...

  • Finding a Family: Sophia's Story

    Finding a Family: Sophia's Story

    Monday, July 17 2017 11:28 AM EDT2017-07-17 15:28:01 GMT

    Right now in West Virginia, thousands of kids are in the foster care system, waiting for their forever family.  One Ritchie county family works to help find those children parents as well as adopting a daughter of their own.  "It's something I've always wanted to do,: said adoptive mother Stephanie Hayhurst-Hall.  "To me adoption is where we give hope back to communities hope back to kids." For Stephanie-Hayhurst Hall and her husband Jason, adop...

    Right now in West Virginia, thousands of kids are in the foster care system, waiting for their forever family.  One Ritchie county family works to help find those children parents as well as adopting a daughter of their own.  "It's something I've always wanted to do," said adoptive mother Stephanie Hayhurst-Hall. "To me, adoption is where we give hope back to communities, hope back to kids." For Stephanie Hayhurst-Hall and her husband Jason, ...

  • Finding a Family: Guardian Ad litem

    Finding a Family: Guardian Ad litem

    Friday, July 14 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-07-14 15:55:34 GMT

    This summer WBOY takes a closer look at the process for families to foster and adopt children in West Virginia.  WBOY talked to a Guardian ad litem, who is appointed by the state to advocate for children.  "what is in the best interest of the child," said Guardian ad litem Heather Weese. That is the question Heather Weese asks herself when representing Randolph County area children in the courtroom. Weese and hundreds of other Guardian ad litems...

    This summer WBOY takes a closer look at the process for families to foster and adopt children in West Virginia.  WBOY talked to a Guardian ad litem, who is appointed by the state to advocate for children.  "what is in the best interest of the child," said Guardian ad litem Heather Weese. That is the question Heather Weese asks herself when representing Randolph County area children in the courtroom. Weese and hundreds of other Guardian ad litems...

  • Finding A Family: Wayne Worth Part II

    Finding A Family: Wayne Worth Part II

    Friday, May 19 2017 9:14 PM EDT2017-05-20 01:14:37 GMT

    May is Foster Care Awareness Month.  WBOY introduced you to Wayne Worth, a young man from Connecticut who was adopted nearly 30 years ago by a family here in West Virginia.  This evening, we learn about Wayne's childhood in the mountain state and how adoption shaped him as an adult.  "Adoption is amazing, especially to the adopted child, because you're wanted," Wayne Worth.  Wayne's adoptive father Jud, a social worker, was only in his 20's when...

    May is Foster Care Awareness Month.  WBOY introduced you to Wayne Worth, a young man from Connecticut who was adopted nearly 30 years ago by a family here in West Virginia.  This evening, we learn about Wayne's childhood in the mountain state and how adoption shaped him as an adult.  "Adoption is amazing, especially to the adopted child, because you're wanted," Wayne Worth.  Wayne's adoptive father Jud, a social worker, was only in his 20's when...

  • Finding a Family: Wayne Worth

    Finding a Family: Wayne Worth

    Friday, May 19 2017 1:39 PM EDT2017-05-19 17:39:36 GMT

    May marks National Foster Care Awareness month. For this week's Finding a Family, we learn more about a young professional and his journey to West Virginia through foster care and adoption.  Meet Wayne Worth.  "West Virginia will always be home because home is where you are loved," said Wayne Worth. Wayne Worth's story starts not in the mountaineer state, but rather in Manchester, Connecticut.  "My biological father, when I was 6 months old...

    May marks National Foster Care Awareness month. For this week's Finding a Family, we learn more about a young professional and his journey to West Virginia through foster care and adoption.  Meet Wayne Worth.  "West Virginia will always be home because home is where you are loved," said Wayne Worth. Wayne Worth's story starts not in the mountaineer state, but rather in Manchester, Connecticut.  "My biological father, when I was 6 months old...

  • Finding a Family: Mary Claire's Story

    Friday, May 12 2017 12:59 PM EDT2017-05-12 16:59:54 GMT

    Mother's Day is Sunday.  WBOY talked with a mother in Harrison County who was the given the unexpected chance to grow her family.  Meet the Howe family.  "We all just fell in love with her,:said adoptive mother Valerie Howe.  "It was love at first sight. The first day we had her we were just in awe of her." For Valerie Howe and her husband Martin, they were content with their two children...13-year-old Jackson and 11-year-old Martina.&...

    Mother's Day is Sunday.  WBOY talked with a mother in Harrison County who was the given the unexpected chance to grow her family.  Meet the Howe family.  "We all just fell in love with her,:said adoptive mother Valerie Howe.  "It was love at first sight. The first day we had her we were just in awe of her." For Valerie Howe and her husband Martin, they were content with their two children...13-year-old Jackson and 11-year-old Martina.&...

  • Finding a Family: Kenyon's Story

    Finding a Family: Kenyon's Story

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 2:58 PM EDT2017-05-09 18:58:42 GMT

    Throughout the month of May, WBOY will talk with West Virginia families who decided to adopt children from within the state.  Meet Becci Ware and her son Kenyon from Harrison County. "It's worked out wonderful,"said adoptive mother Becci Ware. "Kenyon, he's heaven sent. God couldn't have placed me with a better child." After raising five biological sons, Becci decided to foster to adopt.  Ware attended classes through the DHHR and ...

    Throughout the month of May, WBOY will talk with West Virginia families who decided to adopt children from within the state.  Meet Becci Ware and her son Kenyon from Harrison County. "It's worked out wonderful,"said adoptive mother Becci Ware. "Kenyon, he's heaven sent. God couldn't have placed me with a better child." After raising five biological sons, Becci decided to foster to adopt.  Ware attended classes through the DHHR and ...

  • Children's Home Society Works to Find Homes for WV Children

    Children's Home Society Works to Find Homes for WV Children

    Friday, April 28 2017 12:46 PM EDT2017-04-28 16:46:05 GMT
    Last year, one in 76 children were in the foster care system in West Virginia. That is roughly 5,000 children.  The Children's Home Society works to find those kids permanent homes, and they need your help to do so.  "We are finding our children are becoming a lot more vulnerable and they are in a lot more need of adults that can provide them with safe, loving environments," said Children's Home Society of West Virginia Child and Family Services Supervi...
    Last year, one in 76 children were in the foster care system in West Virginia. That is roughly 5,000 children.  The Children's Home Society works to find those kids permanent homes, and they need your help to do so.  "We are finding our children are becoming a lot more vulnerable and they are in a lot more need of adults that can provide them with safe, loving environments," said Children's Home Society of West Virginia Child and Family Services Supervi...
  • Restaurant Chain Works to Help Foster Kids in WV

    Restaurant Chain Works to Help Foster Kids in WV

    Friday, December 2 2016 6:52 PM EST2016-12-02 23:52:54 GMT

    Even with the temperatures dropping outside, it's never too cold to enjoy a Frosty.  As part of our commitment to WBOY's Finding a Families series, let's learn how you can order free Frostys for a year and help kids in foster care in West Virginia. 

    Even with the temperatures dropping outside, it's never too cold to enjoy a Frosty.  As part of our commitment to WBOY's Finding a Families series, let's learn how you can order free Frostys for a year and help kids in foster care in West Virginia.

  • Finding a Family: Nick

    Finding a Family: Nick

    Thursday, June 9 2016 3:10 PM EDT2016-06-09 19:10:58 GMT

    Last month we learned more about foster care as part of our Finding a Family series. Tonight we meet a teenager searching for his forever family.    

    Last month we learned more about foster care as part of our Finding a Family series. Tonight we meet a teenager searching for his forever family.    

  • Finding a Family: The Steele Family

    Finding a Family: The Steele Family

    Friday, May 27 2016 5:34 PM EDT2016-05-27 21:34:06 GMT

    During the month of May as part of our Finding a Family series, we have focused on foster care. Now we meet a Kanawha County family that has adopted not only one child, but three, and foster a fourth. 

    During the month of May as part of our Finding a Family series, we have focused on foster care. Now we meet a Kanawha County family that has adopted not only one child, but three, and foster a fourth. 

  • Finding a Family: The Robinsons

    Finding a Family: The Robinsons

    Wednesday, May 18 2016 6:06 PM EDT2016-05-18 22:06:44 GMT

    May is Foster Care Awareness Month. Meet one Charleston family and learn their journey through foster to adoption.  

    May is Foster Care Awareness Month. Meet one Charleston family and learn their journey through foster to adoption.  

  • Finding a Family: New State CASA Director

    Wednesday, May 4 2016 6:32 PM EDT2016-05-04 22:32:39 GMT

    We meet the new state executive director of West Virginia's CASA association. 

    We meet the new state executive director of West Virginia's CASA association. 

  • Finding a Family: Barbour County Family Resource Network

    Finding a Family: Barbour County Family Resource Network

    Thursday, March 3 2016 11:36 AM EST2016-03-03 16:36:43 GMT
    Throughout the year, WBOY features children in West Virginia looking for their forever family. Employees at the Barbour County Family Resource Network work to find kids a foster family.

    Throughout the year, WBOY features children in West Virginia looking for their forever family. Employees at the Barbour County Family Resource Network work to find kids a foster family.

  • Finding a Family - JJ

    Thursday, February 25 2016 4:53 PM EST2016-02-25 21:53:55 GMT

    Meet James or JJ for short.

    Meet James or JJ for short.

  • Finding a Family - Kaylee

    Finding a Family - Kaylee

    Thursday, February 18 2016 3:21 PM EST2016-02-18 20:21:01 GMT

    Meet Kaylee.  We spent the afternoon with this 12-year-old at the the Clay Center as she explored Earth City. 

    Meet Kaylee.  We spent the afternoon with this 12-year-old at the the Clay Center as she explored Earth City.  

  • Finding a Family - Mark

    Finding a Family - Mark

    Thursday, February 11 2016 2:09 PM EST2016-02-11 19:09:36 GMT
    We caught up with this 15-year-old at the Clay Center in Charleston. He spent the afternoon exploring the Winter Wonderland exhibit. 

    We caught up with this 15-year-old at the Clay Center in Charleston. He spent the afternoon exploring the Winter Wonderland exhibit. 

  • Finding a Family - Breaking Down the Myths of the Foster and Adoption Process

    Thursday, January 7 2016 11:37 AM EST2016-01-07 16:37:49 GMT
    The Children's Home Society and other agencies work with individuals to make sure potential hurdles don't prevent them from becoming a family.

    The Children's Home Society and other agencies work with individuals to make sure potential hurdles don't prevent them from becoming a family.

  • Finding a Family - Meet the Twins

    Wednesday, December 23 2015 2:05 PM EST2015-12-23 19:05:50 GMT

    A few weeks ago, we met a Fairmont business woman who adopted twin boys from Belarus 14 years ago. We now meet her sons Peyton and Gannon Satterfield. 

    A few weeks ago, we met a Fairmont business woman who adopted twin boys from Belarus 14 years ago. We now meet her sons Peyton and Gannon Satterfield. 

  • Finding a Family - Twin Adoption

    Finding a Family - Twin Adoption

    Wednesday, December 9 2015 7:10 PM EST2015-12-10 00:10:24 GMT
    After having three biological children, Cheri Satterfield decided it was time to adopt. 

    After having three biological children, Cheri Satterfield decided it was time to adopt. 

  • Finding a Family - Carolyn

    Finding a Family - Carolyn

    Thursday, November 19 2015 1:05 PM EST2015-11-19 18:05:43 GMT
    This 10-year-old loved spending time at the Harrison County Humane Society, getting to know the dogs and cats. So much so that she wanted to take both of them home. 

    This 10-year-old loved spending time at the Harrison County Humane Society, getting to know the dogs and cats. So much so that she wanted to take both of them home. 

  • Finding a Family - Emergency Removal

    Finding a Family - Emergency Removal

    Thursday, November 19 2015 1:02 PM EST2015-11-19 18:02:11 GMT
    Several times a week,  Andrea Peters and the Children's Home Society of West Virginia take calls from the Department of Health and Human Resources about a child needing to be removed from his or her home. 

    Several times a week,  Andrea Peters and the Children's Home Society of West Virginia take calls from the Department of Health and Human Resources about a child needing to be removed from his or her home. 

  • Finding a Family-Quintajia

    Wednesday, November 4 2015 5:42 PM EST2015-11-04 22:42:36 GMT
    "I really like thee animals. They make me feel comfortable. They call it my happy place," said QuintajiaMeet Quintajia. This 14 year-old loved spending time with both the dogs and cats at the Harrison County Humane Society. "You know they roam around the house or something and you can just chase them," said Quintajia. "And then you can go outside and have fun. They kill time"This 8th grader also enjoys school."I like that I can meet a t...
    "I really like thee animals. They make me feel comfortable. They call it my happy place," said QuintajiaMeet Quintajia. This 14 year-old loved spending time with both the dogs and cats at the Harrison County Humane Society. "You know they roam around the house or something and you can just chase them," said Quintajia. "And then you can go outside and have fun. They kill time"This 8th grader also enjoys school."I like that I can meet a t...
  • Finding a Family - CASA Volunteer Cara Paracell

    Finding a Family - CASA Volunteer Cara Paracell

    Wednesday, October 28 2015 7:28 PM EDT2015-10-28 23:28:00 GMT
    Parcell volunteered with CASA in Virginia and decided to continue her service when she moved to Harrison County.
    Parcell volunteered with CASA in Virginia and decided to continue her service when she moved to Harrison County.
  • Finding a Family: Harrison County

    Friday, October 16 2015 7:08 PM EDT2015-10-16 23:08:21 GMT
    In West Virginia, 28 counties host a CASA program.
    In West Virginia, 28 counties host a CASA program.
  • Finding A Family - Connor

    Finding A Family - Connor

    Monday, October 5 2015 12:26 PM EDT2015-10-05 16:26:17 GMT
    Meet Connor. 
    Meet Connor. 
  • Finding A Family - J'Kwon

    Finding A Family - J'Kwon

    Thursday, September 10 2015 3:29 PM EDT2015-09-10 19:29:58 GMT
    J'kwon wants a family to call his own with a mother, father, and brothers and sisters.
    J'kwon wants a family to call his own with a mother, father, and brothers and sisters.
  • Finding a Family - Jasmine

    Finding a Family - Jasmine

    Thursday, August 27 2015 11:17 AM EDT2015-08-27 15:17:06 GMT
    Meet Jasmine, a young girl who loves animals and the outdoors. She is also looking for her forever family. 
    Meet Jasmine, a young girl who loves animals and the outdoors. She is also looking for her forever family. 
  • Finding A Family-International Adoption

    Wednesday, August 12 2015 6:52 PM EDT2015-08-12 22:52:21 GMT
    Meet the Chapman family. Over three years ago they decided to adopt a teen from Haiti. 
    Meet the Chapman family. Over three years ago they decided to adopt a teen from Haiti. 
  • Finding A Family - Landon

    Finding A Family - Landon

    Thursday, July 30 2015 4:37 PM EDT2015-07-30 20:37:05 GMT
    Meet Landon. This 10-year-old loves sports including basketball, baseball, and football. 
    Meet Landon. This 10-year-old loves sports including basketball, baseball, and football. 
  • Finding A Family - Adoption Law

    Finding A Family - Adoption Law

    Wednesday, July 22 2015 7:09 PM EDT2015-07-22 23:09:04 GMT
    Over the years, Hausman has worked with many families and couples looking to adopt. 
    Over the years, Hausman has worked with many families and couples looking to adopt. 
  • Finding A Family - MODIFY

    Finding A Family - MODIFY

    Wednesday, July 22 2015 6:46 PM EDT2015-07-22 22:46:12 GMT
    For over 30 years, a program called MODIFY - Mentoring and Oversight for Developing independence with foster youth helps teens leave foster care and navigate college or technical school. 
    For over 30 years, a program called MODIFY - Mentoring and Oversight for Developing independence with foster youth helps teens leave foster care and navigate college or technical school. 
  • Finding A Family: Step-Parent Adoption

    Finding A Family: Step-Parent Adoption

    Thursday, July 16 2015 5:31 PM EDT2015-07-16 21:31:17 GMT
    CLARKSBURG-A common form of adoption: step-parent adoption. For Clarksburg couple Marcus and Marianne Helm, it was the right decision. Five years ago Marcus and Marianne Helm began dating. Marcus formed a bond with Marianne's son Nathan by playing video games and basketball. "He was the only fatherly figure I've had in my life," said Nathan Helm. "So I just thought he should be the one on the birth certificate.""it was a surpris...
    CLARKSBURG-A common form of adoption: step-parent adoption. For Clarksburg couple Marcus and Marianne Helm, it was the right decision. Five years ago Marcus and Marianne Helm began dating. Marcus formed a bond with Marianne's son Nathan by playing video games and basketball. "He was the only fatherly figure I've had in my life," said Nathan Helm. "So I just thought he should be the one on the birth certificate.""it was a surpris...
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