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FRN Spreads the Word for Fostering Children

By Staff | Nov 21, 2018

The topic of being a foster parent or fostering a child who needs a home was the common theme at the recent Tyler County Family Resource Network meeting. There were several organizations there who are designed to help children find a home.

It was mentioned there are 6,000 children in West Virginia in foster care. One factor for the large number is based off of the opioid epidemic, and there are several children in foster care because their parents have overdosed or have not been able to support their child because of their addiction. For more information about fostering providers in the area, check out www.missionwv.org or www.genesiswv.org.

FRN Director Katrina Byers informed attendees she has been making trips to World Vision, which is a warehouse in Philippi, W.Va., to pick up supplies. Byers explained the price to use the warehouse is only $100 per year, and she is able to get thousands of dollars worth of items through World Vision.

Byers also mentioned she has received a grant for the 2019 Back to School Program. There were approximately 325 students who used the program this year. Byers also feels this is an excellent opportunity for organizations around the community to promote themselves and their programs while helping students from around the area.

Byers has also applied for grant funding to set up a mobile feeding program. If she acquires the grant funding, the mobile feeding program would be available in Middlebourne and in Sistersville with locations yet to be determined.

The next Tyler County FRN meeting will be held on Jan. 3, beginning at noon and located at TCHS/TCMS in the media room.