KVC West Virginia expands services to children and families in the Eastern Panhandle | Journal-news

MARTINSBURG – KVC West Virginia, a nonprofit child welfare and behavioral health organization that provides foster care, adoption, in-home family preservation and behavioral health care services, will is expanding into the Eastern Panhandle by expanding its Safe at Home, Children with Serious Emotional Disorder (CSEDW) and Foster Care Programs.

KVC’s new Martinsburg office will open May 1 at 261 Aikens Center, Suite 304.

According to the official press release, growth in the local area as well as in the northern part of the state will allow KVC to serve more than 200 additional families each year and fill a gap in access to services identified by the Department. of Health and West Virginia Health. Human ressources.

“Access to in-home support services for children and families reduces the need for disruptive care outside and keeps families safe,” said Brent Lemon, president of KVC West Virginia. “I am thrilled that we will serve these areas and address the growing need for child welfare and mental health treatment statewide.”

Families in the Eastern Panhandle will be able to access these new wraparound and behavioral home health services from KVC starting May 1.

Including the Northern Panhandle Expansion and the Eastern Panhandle Expansion, KVC is actively recruiting over 30 social work and mental health professionals in these regions.

“KVC not only provides transformative services to local children and families, but we also promote hope and healing,” said Sarah Marshall, KVC West Virginia Regional Manager for the Eastern Panhandle.

In an interview with The Journal, Lemon said having this service in the Eastern Panhandle will reduce the number of children in foster care by giving families access to earlier preventative services that help keep families together safely.

“Foster care can be traumatic for children because they are separated from their family and community, and although it is for their safety, the trauma of this loss and the unknowns can impact their well-being. long-term,” Lemon said. “If families can stay together and resolve issues before they escalate into crises, they will maintain their bond and grow stronger together.

“When foster care is needed, foster parents step in. More than 6,000 children are in foster care throughout West Virginia, and there is a shortage of foster parents in the province. “Eastern Panhandle. The children of Martinsburg and surrounding areas deserve to stay connected to their home communities as much as possible, and we need more foster families to make that happen.”

Lemon reported that young people who spend time in foster care often struggle with depression, anxiety or other behavioral health issues and need a mental health professional to teach them to understand. and manage their feelings.

“Waiting lists for children’s mental health treatment are long, especially for young people on Medicaid. The expansion of KVC will give so many children the healing and skills needed for resilience,” said Lemon.

He added that KVC will provide education and resources to community members on foster care, parenting counseling and mental health.

“Our team looks forward to developing strong partnerships with community organizations that share common missions and values,” said Lemon. “KVC’s main goal is to create better access to home support services and connect families to the community services they need to help them overcome life’s challenges.”

Lemon reported that over the past decade, the number of West Virginia youth placed in foster care has increased by 71%.

“KVC’s Safe at Home West Virginia program reduces the number of children in foster care and group homes by using community supports and organizations,” he said. “Families work with a social worker, licensed therapist and other KVC team members to set individualized goals and build their support systems. Young people, ages 3-20, struggling with a mental or behavioral disorder and Medicaid-insured can receive treatment at home with KVC’s Children with Severe Emotional Disorders (CSEDW) Waiver Program CSED Waiver Services helps young people leave group homes or stay in their family’s home Waiver services are provided with support from Aetna and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Medical Services.

According to Lemon, those interested in learning more about obtaining services from KVC or becoming an adoptive parent can visit kvcwv.org. He added that people can also contact Marshall at [email protected] or 304-561-5629.

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