Upshur County FRN raises awareness on National Adoption Month

BUCKHANNON, W. Va. (WDTV) - Due to the drug epidemic in West Virginia, more kids are being placed in foster care.

"In the entire state, the unofficial number is 7,200 kids are in foster care," said Lori Ulderich Harvey, executive director for the Upshur County Family Resource Center, has been working to help kids find a home.

"You're giving that child love, stability, and a place they can feel safe," she said.

But as the number of kids in need of a home increases, the number of available homes decreases. This is forcing agencies to place kids out of state.

"Eight hundred of these kids are misplaced from West Virginia homes because we don't have enough enable foster homes," she said.

They're trying to change that by bringing awareness to foster care and adoption.

"That's why we're holding foster care open houses, having proclamations and getting awareness out there, to keep the kids in our state," she said.

However, there's some misconceptions.

"There's a perception that it's expensive to adopt but there's little cost. People think that if they're single, they can't, same sex couple, they can't, age, all that. That's a big misconception," she said.

Another myth is that kids in foster care are troubled.

"A lot of people have the misconception that these kids are bad or they're damaged but they're not, they just need a family to love -- to love them, and we have so many kids aging out of foster care," she said.

The Upshur County Family Resource Center will hold an open house on foster care and adoption on Wednesday Nov. 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Stockert Youth and Community Center.