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.
Our goal is to keep children with their own families and communities, providing wraparound services to make reunification possible. We also provide foster care, adoption, and in-home 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
Parenting and Mental Health eBooks & Videos
Find helpful guides, assessments and videos on topics like parenting, mental health, ways to help children in crisis and more.
Safe at Home West Virginia
KVC West Virginia is honored to be among the youth-serving agencies helping to implement the “Safe at Home West Virginia” program.
In partnership with the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), KVC provides comprehensive services to youth, ages 5 to 17, in 33 counties with behavioral health needs. Its aim is to maximize the benefits of home and community-based services for children in out-of-home care, in conjunction with providing behavioral and mental health services, in order to reduce the use of congregate and out-of-state care.
Historically, the state of West Virginia has had a high rate of children entering out-of-home care such as foster care each year; 8.6 per 1,000 children in the population, which is nearly three times the national entry rate of 3.3. The state also cares for 71 percent of youth ages 12-17 in congregate care which research shows to have negative developmental impacts. It is better for children to grow in the context of stable, loving families.
By providing wraparound services to children, KVC joins the state of West Virginia in its goal to help children living in congregate care settings to safely return to their home communities and ultimately to their own families.
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) must refer a family for these services. Referral requirements include:
- Between the ages of 5 – 17
- Must have an open Youth Services or CPS case
- Be at-risk for out-of-home placement
Goals of Safe at Home West Virginia
- Ensure youth remain in their own communities whenever safely possible.
- Reduce reliance on foster care/congregate care and prevent re-entries.
- Reduce the number of children in higher cost placements out-of-state.
- Step down youth in congregate care and/or reunify them with their families and home communities.
KVC’s Safe at Home Services
KVC utilizes the following services to increase resources and natural supports within the communities we serve.
- Youth Care Specialists
- Wraparound Facilitators
- Family Support Workers
- Evidence-based services and supports
- Trauma-informed assessments
Everyone can do something meaningful to help children and families who are involved in the child welfare system and Safe at Home West Virginia. The families we serve often experience poverty, substance abuse, mental/behavioral health challenges, or trauma such as abuse or neglect. Together we can rally around them and make sure that West Virginia children stay safe at home!
Can you offer your time by mentoring a teenager or volunteering to serve in some way? Can you donate money or goods? Could your church or business play a role? There are as many ways to get involved as there are people in our great state. Use our Contact Us form to let us know how you want to be involved.