by Hayley M. Cook
LOGAN - National Foster Care Month may have just ended, but that is no reason for locals to forego educating themselves about foster care awareness.
With the mission statement “We do families,” Necco Foster Care Agency wants to spread information about foster care awareness to Logan, Mingo, and surrounding Counties.
Home Resources Coordinator Rebecca C. Adams said this about Necco’s main goal: “What we want people to know is we’re always seeking foster parents that are willing to commit to the children we have in our care. We get a lot of children, almost every day. We need more homes to take these children. That’s the main thing we want to get out there. We are an agency that is a team and a family, and we want to try to be accommodating to our foster parents and try to support them.”
In West Virginia, as of March 31, 2011, there were 4,027 children in foster care. Necco currently houses around 60 children, local kids who desperately need a home.
These children come from Mingo, Logan, Boone, Lincoln, Wyoming, and McDowell Counties.
Unfortunately for older kids, Adams has found that younger children are more likely to be fostered or adopted. This harsh slice of reality is another reason why Necco encourages locals to find out more about fostering a child.
“That is a great need for us, getting homes for teens and preteens, because they are harder to place,” said Adams.
Although many find homes, many more will not.
Necco is closer to Mingo and Logan County than any other foster care agency in West Virginia. The closest one besides Necco is KVC, located in Charleston.
Says Adams, “The benefit is that we’re local and easily accessible to foster parents and clients. We have case managers that cover Mingo County and different areas in Mingo County, and we can be reached fairly quickly from Mingo and Logan County.”
Adams says this ease of access is convenient for locals who may be interested in foster care or adoption.
Anyone who is interested in foster care awareness, but is unable to foster or adopt, can also be involved with Necco, via volunteer work or donations.
Necco regularly holds special events for their children and foster families, including a recent “Foster Parent Appreciation Picnic.” These events are made possible through donations and fund-raising.
Concerning how Necco works with foster care families, Adams says, “If they get a foster child, we hold their hand in the process and we don’t just leave them out there to fend for themselves.”
Therapy is provided for the foster care children as well. Necco has 3 therapists on site, and they are available to work with children outside of foster care as well.
Adams was enthusiastic about spreading awareness in Mingo County, saying, “We’re always trying to get involved with more community events in Williamson and Mingo County. We would definitely like to have more homes in Mingo County, participate in more events in Mingo County, and to raise awareness about our organization and how we can build families in our community there as well.”
For more information on Necco and their work, Home Resources Coordinator Rebeccca C. Adams or Home Resources Coordinator Michelle Huffman may be contacted at (304) 752 7832. For more information on the therapy offered by Necco, ask for Treatment Director, Ashlee Runyon.
Necco is located at 212 Dingess St. in Logan, WV.