Foster Family Resources

How to Support College Students Who Experienced Foster Care During School Breaks

Youth who experience foster care face a number of barriers getting to college (PDF, 528 KB), External link  and once they’ve arrived on campus, the challenges don’t end. While playing educational catch-up, access to resources and mentors and financial constraints are common concerns. Gaps in the school year when most students depart campus can also leave them vulnerable. Homelessness is not rare for youth who age out of the system. And while some alumni of foster care may be able to return to their foster families during breaks, many others may be left to figure out what to do without stable housing.  

Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc.

Address: 4700 Robert C Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801

Phone: 304-252-8508

Services: Burlington entered the foster care ministry in 1985. Since that time it has become one of the agency’s largest program. Our program provides services to children from birth to 18 years of age as well as youth up to 20 years of age, if they remain in a school setting. They may have suffered from abuse and neglect; have emotional or physical challenges or other circumstances which make them unable to live with their family of origin. Children served are of all races and religion. Children are referred to the program primarily by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources as well as other social service agencies. Foster families are needed for the program. The agency continuously recruits families.

Services we provide for the child: Immediate placement in safe family environment upon referral; assignment of a social worker who will coordinate treatment and services; access to emergency service on a 24 hr. basis; coordination of birth family contact (if recommended); and other services as needed.

Services we provide for Foster Parents: Individualized orientation; initial and ongoing training; supportive services from a treatment coordinator; monthly financial assistance to defray costs; access to respite care services if needed; and other services as needed.

Locations: Beckley, Grafton, Fairmont, Keyser and Martinsburg.


Children’s Home Society

Address: PO Box 361, Daniels WV 25832

Phone: Will Perkins, Director 304-255-0408

Services: The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia is a private, non-profit child welfare organization founded in 1896. The Society is a participatory organization consisting of employees, foster families, adoptive families, volunteers, Board members, Directors Emeriti, advisory council members, donors, benefactors, supporters, and friends. We are licensed to provide child welfare and behavioral health services in West Virginia. We are a member agency of the West Virginia Alliance for Children, the Child Welfare League of America and we are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. 

Some of our current programs are adoption, foster care, in-home and in-community services for children and families, emergency shelter care, respite, mediation, parent education training, prenatal and early childhood services, volunteer and mentoring, youth services, visitation and reunification, school based social work, day care and comprehensive assessment services.

Please call us at one of our Foster Care locations listed below to be involved or to receive more information on how to become a foster parent:

Region I Morgantown
E-mail : Brandi Davis, Director 304-284-0992
Region I Parkersburg
E-mail:  Jodi Null, Supervisor 304-485-0650
Region I Wheeling
E-Mail: Stephanie Strope, Supervisor

Region II Charleston
E-mail: Charlotte Deal, Supervisor 304-345-3894
Region II Chapmanville/Logan
E-Mail: Michelle Ford, Supervisor, 304-310-2514
Region II Huntington-coming soon 
E-Mail: Diana Lucas, Supervisor

Region III Martinsburg
E-mail: Amanda James, Supervisor 304-264-0225
Region III Romney
E-mail : Sally Johnson, Director 304-822-4652

Region IV Lewisburg
E-mail: Mary Carr, Director 304-647-3430
Region IV Summersville
E-Mail: Mary Carr, Supervisor, 304-205-9375
Region IV Princeton
E-mail : Ruth Bailey,   304-431-2424
Region IV Northfolk
E-Mail: Kegan Nealen, 304-862-4951


Davis Stuart

Address: 163 Cottage Drive, Lewisburg WV 24901

Phone: 304-647-5577

Services: Since 1919, Davis Stuart has had a proud and rich history of serving West Virginia’s youth. Founded as Davis-Stuart School, Inc., when George Davis and his wife, Mary Estelle Kinports Davis, donated their 574-acre farm near Lewisburg to the Presbyterian Church of West Virginia – a home for orphaned and dependent children was born. 

Today, Davis Stuart has the capacity to serve 68 teens through our four treatment locations. Davis Stuart operates as a private, non-profit organization providing services for adolescents ages 12-18, recovering from abuse, neglect, or behavioral issues.  


  • Low resident/staff ratio.
  • 44 licensed beds in 5 cottages.
  • Group and individual supportive counseling.
  • Structured study time.
  • Daily housekeeping and assigned chores.


  • Monitoring of health and medications by nursing staff, on call 24/7.
  • Coordination of specialized care.
  • Weekly on-site medical clinic.
  • Bi-monthly on-site psychiatric clinic.


  • A licensed psychologist, masters level therapists, and social workers offer many years of experiences in a variety of areas. 
  • Individualized treatment planning.
  • Licensed social workers on staff to manage each residents’ care and ensure the provision of active and integrated treatment. 



Items marked with an asterisk are optional to residents.

On-campus family visitation offered monthly. Davis Stuart provides regular home visits to support family reunification.



Address: 3872 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley WV 25801

Phone: 304-929-4130

Services: Foster care is a safe place that gives a child and his or her birth family an opportunity to resolve conflicts or disruptions and learn healthy skills so the child can safely return home. Many birth families need help in learning effective parenting skills, overcoming substance use or learning healthy ways to cope from trauma they themselves have experienced.

KVC foster care services allow you to make a positive difference.  By becoming a foster parent, you are opening your door to a child in need and providing a dependable, nurturing environment.  We understand this can be a challenging task, so we go to great lengths to provide families with resources and training necessary to successfully integrate the child into a new home.

This program is funded in part under an agreement with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.



Address: 58 Brookshire Lane, Beckley, WV 25801 

Phone: 304-250-1200

Services: Across West VirginiaOhioKentucky, and Georgia we’ve placed thousands of children with supportive and caring families. We have foster parents from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life. Married, single, same-sex parents, homemakers, professionals, and everyone in between, all that matters is your desire to give these children comfort, stability, and love.


  • Child welfare and juvenile justice populations in both rural and urban settings
  • Troubled children and young adults, whom many other agencies are not willing to accept
  • Older children and young adults, for whom the focus is teaching independent living skills to enable them to transition into becoming self-sufficient adults
  • Sibling groups, exhausting all measures to keep them together
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth
  • Medically fragile youth
  • Foster to adopt


Pressley Ridge

Address: 1265 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Crab Orchard, WV 25827

Phone: 304-252-1106

Services: Our foster care services are designed to provide children and youth with a safe, secure and stable setting in a quality, certified foster home.  ​The ultimate goal is to prevent or reduce a child’s trauma by ensuring they are safe and well cared for by a trained foster parent and to assist in achieving permanency through reunification, adoption or permanent legal custodianship.


  • Treatment Foster Care (TFC)
  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Foster to Adopt
  • Parent Child Foster Care (PCFC)
  • Teen Foster Care
  • Adoption


WIC Program

Address: 1822 East Main Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901

Phone: 304-465-5314

Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am-12pm, 1pm-6pm; Friday Closed, Saturday Closed, Sunday Closed

Services: The Fayette County WIC program welcomes you to call them for an appointment to assist you and your family. They have the knowledge and healthy foods to nourish your family.

Fayette County staff offer services for pregnant women, infants and children up to the age of five years.  In addition to their monthly food package, in the summer they offer farmer’s market coupons. They have breastfeeding classes and one-on-one nutritional consultations to help you make healthy food choices and give you information to establish healthy lifestyle habits.

Their goal is to help you have the best outcome for your pregnancy and to grow a healthy family.  Pregnancy, babies, and children don’t come with an instruction manual and that is where WIC can make a difference. For  assistance in Fayette County, please give them a call at their office at 304-465-5314 or call 1-888-454-3928, and they will give you information to pre-qualify you and make an appointment.


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