November is National Adoption Month, and across the state, thousands of children are still looking for a home this holiday season.
Josh Currey is an 8th grade student from Monongalia County who loves to play lacrosse and video games. So, for his family, it was no surprise how he planned to celebrate his 14th birthday.
"...An XBOX party. We brought over a bunch of my friends and just partied all night," said Josh.
But life wasn't always easy for Josh. He was placed under the care of the state when he was eight years old and was in and out of foster homes until he met Ashlea and Aaron Currey, who, last year, officially became "Mom and Dad."
"We decided we wanted to help an older child. We figured we'd make an impact on a child's life, and it ended up going the other way around and impacted my wife and I more than we realized," said Aaron.
"You really, at first, get a little anxiety - thinking, Can I do this? Can I be a good parent? And once you realize you can, it's such a life-changing experience," said Ashlea.
Fortunately for Josh, his story has a happy ending, but thousands of other children across the state are still looking to find a family.
On Saturday, Mission West Virginia set out to share Josh's story while spreading awareness about the need for adoptive parents across the state.
"At any given time, there are approximately 4,000 in West Virginia, either in the foster care system or awaiting adoption," said Regan McGahan of Mission West Virginia.
"I love it. I love watching lacrosse games, I help him practice lacrosse, I help him with his math homework," said Aaron.
"Just enjoy it, have fun. These kids really want to have the stability and have someone to call 'Mom and Dad,'" said Ashlea.
For more information on Mission West Virginia, visit its website.