KVC West Virginia is a private, nonprofit child welfare organization that provides a diverse array of services to meet the needs of youth, families and adults throughout West Virginia. We offer foster care, adoption, in-home family preservation services, outpatient psychiatric and behavioral healthcare, Safe at Home West Virginia and educational support services. We are committed to enriching and enhancing the lives of West Virginia children and families.
KVC strengthens families using wraparound services so children can remain with their own families and in their own communities. We also provide foster care, reunification support, adoption, substance use treatment, in-home family services, educational support, and child, family and adult therapy.
KVC West Virginia continues to make a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of West Virginia children and families.
Spotlight on Providers
In this section, we profile KVC staff and partners who are making a difference.
Each year, we recognize one family as the KVC Resource Parents of the Year.
How To Become A Foster Parent
Each year, hundreds of local children are removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other challenges. These kids and teenagers need the support of a caring foster family.
How To Become An Adoptive Parent
KVC West Virginia helps match children in foster care with loving forever families through adoption. We work exclusively with children that are placed through the Department of Health and Human Resources
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Adoptive Family Training & Support
KVC adoptive parents go through the same training process as foster parents. KVC provides adoptive parent training in conjunction with West Virginia Child Placing Regulations and Joint Commission requirements. We provide the following trainings as part of becoming an adoptive parent:
- PRIDE, or Parent Resource Information Development and Education. A 30 hour course created by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) to learn about being a foster/adoptive parent
- MANDT or crisis de-escalation. This course teaches potential foster parents about safe and effective ways to diffuse potential crisis situations.
- CPR/First Aid. KVC provides American Red Cross classes for adult, child and infant CPR and First Aid.
- Universal Precautions
- Healthy Sexual Development in Children
- Pregnancy Prevention and STD information
KVC also provides additional resources and training about becoming an adoptive parent. KVC provides monthly CEU classes once families are certified. Each adoptive parent must have 12 hours of CEUs each year to remain adoptive parents. New adoptive parents must have 15 hours of CEUs within the first year of certification. Six of these CEUs must be face to face. KVC provides useful and informative CEU opportunities that are relevant to caring for adoptive children.
All KVC foster and adoptive parents receive support through Permanency Case Managers, who visit the children in the home at least twice monthly. Home Finders are also good support persons for the adoptive families. The Home Finders visit the homes at least quarterly. KVC also offers 24 hour crisis support through their on call system.
KVC is also in the process of starting a Foster Parent Advisory Board to provide internal support for other foster/adoptive parents. This group will also work as client and foster/adoptive parent advocates in the community as well as to organize community KVC events.