In West Virginia, over 7,000 children are in foster care and the number is growing every day.

together we can foster west virginia.

As a church, our goal is to create a community of support, encouragement, and prayer for the children experiencing foster care and the adults that courageously take on the role of a foster parent. Just like every family, foster families need others to walk alongside them on their journey. Together, we can help ease the stresses of parenthood and better the lives of the children in their care.

Every chapter of a child’s life is shaping their story. We can help them turn the page.
James 1:27 reminds us what our faith is all about: “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”

how you can help

All of us can help foster West Virginia when we pray, give, and act.

Pray

 
Children
Pray for the 7,000+ kids being impacted by the WV foster care crisis.
Families
Pray for the biological parents who are going through a challenging season apart from their children.
Pray for the current foster parents as they love and serve the children in their care.
Pray for new foster parents as they step up and begin fostering.
Our Church
Pray for our church family and our partners with as we take steps to help foster West Virginia!

Give

 
Give to launch a new, Christ-centered foster care agency and support foster families in need.

We have the opportunity to help start a new, Christ-centered foster care agency based in Morgantown, WV.

One of our local ministry partners, Chestnut Mountain Ranch, is working to launch a new agency to help place children into loving Christian homes. This new agency will help our church and churches across the state recruit, train, and support foster and adoptive parents.

Act

 
Provide
Purchase high-need from the designated Amazon Wish List to help stock the Foster WV Resource Room. This list will include clothes, car seats, and beds for foster children. Donated items will be safely stored at The Ridge and made available to foster families in need.
[AMAZON WISH LIST]
Serve

Serve and support foster parents and children by providing practical help, such as delivering meals, childcare, running errands, doing yard work, and more. You can also offer encouragement and emotional support by consistently communicating with the parents, and praying for them. [COMPLETE THIS FORM] if you’re interested in serving foster families.

Foster

You can change a child’s life, and we’d love to walk with you every step of the way. Learn more about becoming a foster parent to a baby, toddler, child, or teen who needs a loving home.[COMPLETE THIS FORM] if you’re interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent.

If you’re a foster parent and have an immediate need for items for a child that has been placed in your home, the Resource Room at The Ridge is available to you. It is stocked with high-need items and available at any time through a dedicated team that wants to provide the support you may need. Request more info below.

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currently fostering?

We’d love to connect and hear how
we can help you!
The Foster WV Resource Room provides
items for families in need.

Lynn’s Message

The Homchenkos

“Our friends began fostering multiple children over the last few years. It’s been so inspiring to watch their journey unfold and we love to help them however we can.” Josh + Hillary

“Even though the children were only with us for a short time, we never imagined the impact fostering would have on us. It was equal parts heartbreaking and fulfilling. We felt closer to God when serving these children and their families by providing safety and security to the children, and also showing them a glimpse of God’s love.”
Chad + Kristin

“The prospect of dedicated support from the Chestnut Ridge Church community will be a wonderful addition for foster/kinship families and the children in their care.  We are so excited about a ministry devoted to this very important issue, and grateful that the church is taking a leadership role to address it.”
Joe + Pam

“Having a church family who accepts you for who you are is one thing…but having a church family who will accept your kids as normal kids and not foster/adopted broken kids is another thing.”
Joe + Brittany

Questions?

Contact Jill Wargo
Email: foster@theridge.church | Phone: 304-584-0548