Meeting set to generate interest in foster care

By Morgan McKinniss - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT — NECCO of Huntington is hosting an informational foster care meeting Monday, June 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church on Viand Street in Point Pleasant.

NECCO is an organization that seeks to pair children with an immediate need for a home, to families willing to take them in and provide those needs.

This meeting is intended for anyone and everyone who is interested and would like to learn more about foster care. There is no obligation to sign up. Deanna Spaulding has been fostering for several years now through NECCO, and believes strongly in the benefits of foster care.

“I foster because I feel that I have to help kids that are stuck in a situation that they never asked to be in,” said Spaulding. “I want to give them a safe place to be until their parents can sort out their problems or a safe place can be established for them.”

Spaulding explained that the more families become involved in foster care, the better the community will be: “Kids are our future, and if we neglect them now in their time of need, what kind of person will they grow up to be?”

Getting involved in foster care is not an easy progress, but NECCO states the organization is committed to helping families get involved. Background checks are necessary, some classes, and inspections of the home are required to become foster parents, but the need is always increasing.

Since Jan. 1 this year, NECCO has turned down approximately 300 referrals due to a lack of foster parents, in 18 counties. In West Virginia there are 5,700 children in out-of-home care, many of which need foster care.

To learn more about foster care, attend the informational meeting on June 19. If you are eager to learn more before then, visit to learn about them as a company and how you can get involved.

By Morgan McKinniss

[email protected]

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.