Mission West Virginia in the News


Kids in CarE: Where are all the children in foster care?

“So where are all the kids?”

With an ever-increasing focus on West Virginia’s opioid crisis and its effect on our foster care system, the average person probably understands that there are not enough foster families in our state to house all the children in care here — 7,095 according to the April 2019 Legislative Foster Care Placement Report.

When speaking to prospective foster families, we frequently answer questions about what happens to all the children who cannot live with their own families when there’s no foster family available. 

Local nonprofit acquires funding to improve state's teen birth rate

Teen pregnancies in the United States are at an all-time low, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and yet West Virginia has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country.

The number of teen pregnancies for U.S. girls ages 15 to 19 is down 58 percent since 2007 and 72 percent since 1991, according to the CDC.

Mission WV awarded pregnancy prevention grant

Mission WV’s Teaching Health Instead of Nagging Kids (THINK) program has been awarded a 2-year Teen Pregnancy Prevention grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs to ensure high school-aged youth are provided with the life skills training they need to make important life decisions. Mission WV will receive $492,000 per year of the grant, with a 2-year total of $984,000.

Mission WV receives $984,000 grant to combat teen pregnancy

Nonprofit community-building organization Mission West Virginia has been awarded a $984,000, two-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs to help with pregnancy prevention efforts throughout the state.

Mission WV Receives Funding to Bring Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programming to More Youth Across WV

Mission WVs’ Teaching Health Instead of Nagging Kids (THINK) program has been awarded a two year Teen Pregnancy Prevention grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs to ensure high school aged youth are provided with the life skills training they need to make important life decisions. Mission WV will receive $492,000 per year of the grant, with a two year total of $984,000.

Kids in care: facing the fears of fostering a child

The Gazette-Mail is launching Kids in Care, a new monthly column to spotlight the high hopes and, at times, overwhelming challenges that are both a part of West Virginia’s foster care system. This is the first installment. 

Crucial need for W.Va. foster families

This is a crucial time in our state, and we need to take action to ensure that every child and youth has what we all want — a safe and loving family. Together, we can ensure that the child welfare system is dedicated to finding and supporting a family for every child.

Applications open for college savings awards

Mission West Virginia, in combination with State Treasurer John Perdue’s office, is now taking applications for the fifth annual Smart Start awards, following a banner year from its fundraising event.

Ritter Park to host 'Instant Family' movie night

In honor of National Foster Care Month the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District is joining hands with Mission West Virginia, United Bank, and New Huntington Church to host "Instant Family" Movie Night in Ritter Park Friday, May 24, in Shelter No. 2.

Ritter Park movie night hopes to spur new foster parents amid crisis situation

Four hundred fifty-three American flags planted this week in Ritter Park are a stark reminder of every child currently in need of a foster family in Cabell County.

Ritter Park flag display show staggering number of kids in foster care in Cabell County

Hundreds of flags are standing tall at Ritter park in Huntington in honor of Memorial Day and Foster Care Awareness Month.

W.Va. couple becomes parents of 3 in 22 hours

For as far back as she can remember, Beth Todd wanted to be a mom.

"I was the little girl who took her dolls everywhere. I had a car seat, I had a diaper bag, I had shoes, I had bottles, I had empty jars of baby food, and I took care of these babies like they were really babies," she said.

GLAM Gala raises thousands for foster care

More than 230 women came together to dance the night away and help raise money for Mission WV, a nonprofit organization that provides support and services to children in foster care, during the GLAM Gala charity event at the Valley Park Conference Center on Friday, May 17.

Tickets on sale for upcoming GLAM gala to help children in foster care

GLAM Gala (formerly known as MOM Prom) is an annual charity event hosted by MOMS Club of Teays Valley.

GLAM stands for Generous Ladies on A Mission. The gala brings together GLAMorous women who are 21 and older for a ladies' night out combining both fun with philanthropy. The formal event features dancing, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres.

Hundreds gather to discuss many important issues including teen pregnancy

Hundreds of people from healthcare professionals and teachers gathered at the Resort at Glade Springs for an annual MISSION West Virginia THINK Conference. This year's conference theme is breaking the cycle when it comes to teen pregnancy.  

THINK Conference highlights: Ways to achieve positive outcomes for WV Youth

As the THINK Conference kicked off Wednesday morning at Glade Springs Resort, presenters shared a resounding message — active participants in the lives of young people can make a world of difference. 

"One person can change everything," shared keynote speaker Rhonda Sciortino, with the Successful Survivors Foundation. "I know it because I'm a living example."

Published by the Register Herald

THINK Conference set for April 10th and 11th at Glade Springs Resort

Mission WV will host its annual THINK Conference this Wednesday and Thursday at Glade Springs Resort. Attendees have the opportunity to learn best practices from experts in their field on topics related to human trafficking, drug trends, suicide prevention, Juuling, STIs, cyber security and more. Conference participants will also get to network with other professionals working with youth. 

Published by the Register Herald

Mission WV conducting donation drive for Camp Appalachia

Mission WV is having a donation drive to support campers attending Camp Appalachia overnight camps.

Located in Scott Depot, Camp Appalachia is a yearlong camp whose target camper is a child between the ages of 7 and 17 and is at a high risk for destructive life choices. The camp provides a little- to no-cost resident camp experience to youths who are directly affected by the opioid epidemic, children in the foster care system and children who have one or more parents incarcerated.

Published by the Putnam Review

Mission WV to host Open House

Summary: Mission WV will host its 2018 Christmas Open House on Thursday, Dec. 20. The event is open to organizations and businesses across the state, supporters, family, friends and the general public. Participants can drop in anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Mission WV headquarters, 168 Midland Trail, Suite 1 in Hurricane (in the back portion of the H&R Block building).

Published by The Herald - Dispatch

preparing youth for success in west virginia

Summary: Mission West Virginia's THINK program is working to equip youth with the tools to successfully transition into adulthood and to become self-sufficient. 

Published by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services

Foster families encouraged to apply for college funding

Summary: Article about Mission West Virginia's partnership with the State Treasurer's Office for the fourth annual Smart Start awards - a program which, in its first three years, has provided 31 children with more than $37,000 toward their college careers. 

Published by The Register-Herald of Beckley, West Virginia 

mission west virginia hosts foster family open house

Summary: Mission West Virginia's FrameWorks program hosted an Open House at Glenville Presbyterian Church. With nearly 7,000 kids in foster care and approximately 13,000 foster families,  there is a need for more foster families. 

Published by WBOY News

learning about foster care

Summary: Mission West Virginia and the Mason County Family Resource Network joined together to host a foster care/adoption informational open house in Point Pleasant. Judge Tatterson spoke abou the need for foster families within the county and what he sees and experiences within the county. 

Published by the Point Pleasant Register

A rising number of children in foster care

Summary: An article about the need for foster families, specifically in Upshur County where at the time of the article there were only 12 foster families and more than 100 children in foster care in the county.  

Published by WDTV 5 News