POINT PLEASANT — Those who are interested in becoming a foster parent or who are interested in learning what fostering is all about, will be able to get their questions answered at an upcoming foster parenting informational meeting.
The meeting is set for Thursday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church located at 7051 Ohio River Road in Point Pleasant. Necco of Huntington is the sponsor of this meeting.
Jessica Harrison, Necco Home Resource Coordinator, shared there will be discussion about the the ins and outs of the foster care system, what it takes to be a foster parent, and any additional information individuals may be seeking regarding fostering.
She commented Mason County is in great need of foster parents as the drug epidemic has led to many children being taken away from their homes.
Harrison shared the pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Jonathan Pinson and his wife Amy Pinson have decided to open up their home to foster children and are eager to reach out to the community to help.
“We are excited about the opportunity to help children in need because I was once in their shoes,” said Jonathan, “As a troubled 14-year old boy, I was given the opportunity to move 900 miles away from home and the privilege of starting my life over. Three years later, I was adopted by Jim and Marie Sterling. My entire life and future were changed as the result of some folks who were willing to take a chance and invest in me.”
Jonathan shared prior to his adoption he was not going down a favorable path, but once he was adopted by the Sterling’s, his life took a positive turn. He graduated high school, served as a police officer in Jackson County W.Va., and is currently the Pastor of Grace Baptist Church.
“I knew what desperation felt like and I now I know what restoration feels like,” said Jonathan.
Amy shared she has always wanted a large family, she loves being a parent and loves children. She said she and Jonathan discussed fostering before having their first biological child. Amy explained Jonathan’s background as well as what she has seen in her professional life as a registered nurse motivated them to seek out information on how to become foster parents.
“Together I knew we could help, as Christians, we knew we were called to help,” said Amy, “We want nothing more than to provide a loving, stable home to children in need.”
She shared she and Jonathan have three biological children and spent some time thinking and praying about becoming foster parents before contacting Necco.
“The Bible tells us in John to ‘love one another as I (Jesus) have loved you,’” said Amy, “my family and I desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We want to share His love. Foster care also gives us the platform to share the gospel.”
Amy commented the Necco organization has been “nothing short of amazing.” She said he and Jonathan have received a large amount of support and help from the organization.
“If fostering has ever even crossed your mind, my husband and I strongly encourage you to contact Necco and to attend an informational meeting,” said Amy.
For more information about the upcoming meeting, contact Harrison or Lauren Herman (304) 733-0036.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.