Foster parents important
Foster parents play a critical role in the treatment and development of disadvantaged youth through their nurturing and mentoring.
There are over 4,000 children in out-of-home care in West Virginia. Nationally, there are more than half a million children and youth in the foster care system. Foster families provide a primary source of love, identity, self-esteem and support, which is the foundation of communities and families.
The National Youth Advocate Program acknowledges all foster parents for the love, care, generosity and dedication they provide to the foster children of West Virginia. Foster parents are the glue that connects youth to the community, impacts young lives forever and offers hope for a successful future.
Foster parents also preserve the child’s future so it can be viewed as a present challenge as well as promote trust between themselves and the children in their home. This provides a foundation for further development while allowing the child to gain competence with endeavors they take.
There are Youth Advocate Programs in West Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina and Florida. The National Youth Advocate Program of West Virginia is a private, non-profit child-placing agency providing community-based services to abused, neglected and disadvantaged children and families of West Virginia. West Virginia office sites include, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Parkersburg and Fairmont.
For more information about foster parenting or the National Youth Advocate Program, call 1-877-NYAP-CAN.
National Youth Advocate Program
909 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554