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Foster Moms Who Are Making Incredible Differences in Children’s Lives

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KVC West Virginia has had a ton of fun honoring our fantastic foster moms in honor of Mother’s Day and National Foster Care Month on our Facebook page. Read about a few of the truly inspirational moms below, and stay tuned as we highlight more amazing foster parents soon!

Jennifer Meadows has been a foster mom since November 2018. While Jennifer is one of our newest foster moms, she has quickly proven that she is a fantastic supporter and caregiver. Jennifer is compassionate, patient and kind. She’s very easy to work with and does a great job communicating with the team. She and her husband are currently fostering two children: a 9-year-old boy who has been with them since December and an 8-year-old girl who has been with them for 2 weeks. Jennifer and her husband are active and make sure the kids are getting to experience all the things children should.

In December, they took the 9-year-old on his first airplane ride to Florida to visit family. Not only did he get to fly for the first time, but he also experienced the beach for the first time. Jennifer and her husband breed dogs and have several other animals at their home which the kids love.

When asked about what fostering has meant to her, Jennifer stated, “Being a foster mom has been such an amazing experience. I’m so thankful to be able to help out these kids and give them a loving home. It’s such a joy to watch them grow and do well.” Thank you, Jennifer, for all that you do! 

Elizabeth Boley has been a KVC foster parent since April 2017. She goes above and beyond to see that her medically fragile babies’ needs are consistently met. She gets them to their specialist appointments and communicates any health needs or concerns with the case manager and pediatricians. She has traveled to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to ensure that a child in her care gets the needed testing for proper diagnosis and treatment. She is quick to schedule all needed appointments and evaluations for children placed in her home.

Beth is skilled with the nurturing ability to swaddle, comfort and soothe babies who are affected by the opioid crisis and has traveled to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to receive specific training on how to properly use a feeding tube as a backup provider for her recently adopted grandson. She provides a home that is structured with age-appropriate routines and schedules that have helped the children to feel safe and learn boundaries that instill a sense of trust and belonging. While being the amazing parent that she is and being attentive to her foster children, she is also diligent with her necessary documentation and turning in all required paperwork. We appreciate you, Beth!

Crystal Bartram’s family opened their home with KVC foster care in March of 2018 and were already experienced foster parents with another agency. Crystal’s family has fostered many children in their home in that short time with KVC and have helped to successfully reunify many children back with their relatives. They continue to remain in contact with these families and provide much-needed ongoing support. Crystal is a compassionate foster mom who opens her heart to children that have medical diagnoses and/or behaviors that create additional challenges, and she has been very successful with these children.
Crystal involves the children in extracurricular activities of their choice and is their biggest fan at every event. She volunteers to help KVC staff with transports and anything else that is needed to help the children. Thank you, Crystal, for all you do for KVC and the children you care for!

Suzanne “Suzie” Cook is an outstanding foster parent who has been with KVC for less than a year. She has shown a sincere and deep commitment to the children placed in her care and is well loved and respected by her children.
Suzie has a loving heart, a good sense of humor and a nurturing personality. She and her husband Eddie have gone above and beyond to ensure all the needs of the children are met and to give them new experiences they hope will stay with them for a lifetime. Keep up the amazing work, Suzie!

Are you willing to open your heart and home to a child in foster care? Fostering provides a child who has experienced abuse or neglect with a stable, loving environment. It also gives you an opportunity to grow emotionally, spiritually and mentally as you teach life skills to a child and help them work toward reunification with their birth family.  Click here to learn more about fostering!