PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 04/28/19
The Mid-Ohio Valley comes together Saturday night to help make sure children in West Virginia have a place to call home.
More than 200 people attended the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia’s “Fairy Tale Ball” at the Nemesis Shrine Center in Parkersburg.
The Children’s Home Society is a nonprofit organization and has 13 locations throughout the state. It aims to "ensure better todays and tomorrows for youth."
Guests enjoyed dinner, live music, a silent auction, and even carriage rides.
The ball raised funds and promoted awareness for the organization’s foster care and adoption programs.
“The number of children that we see in care continually on the rise more and more every day, each year that we’ve held this event, the number of children that we say are residing in out of home care and in need of a loving foster home continues to increase each and every year and so the need for foster and adoptive families are on the rise daily,” said Shelley Plauche-Adkins, the regional director of the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.
Jodi Null, also with the Children’s Home Society, said there are more than 6,900 children residing in out of home care in West Virginia.
”The ball ultimately benefits the children and families we serve, the biggest thing of the event is to raise awareness,” Null said.
This was the organization’s 5th annual ball.
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Amanda Carroll and her husband have been foster parents for five years, and with no biological children, have four who were adopted.
"I had had some interaction with some other parents who had fostered," she tells us. "We decided, rather than looking elsewhere to grow our family, we knew the need that was right here, and elsewhere in the state. Our placements have come from all over the state, not just here."
While many foster parents are like Amanda, there are those with other reasons to pursue fostering or adopting.
"We do have families with children of their own, who have the 'empty nest' syndrome," says Jodi Null, Permanency Director, Children's Home Society of West Virginia. "Their children are now grown and off to college, and they see the need as significant, and they have the home and are able to help."
The Children's Home Society has been in existence since the late 91th century. The local chapter, with offices at 1717 St. Mary's Avenue, currently serves 50 families.
With the current addiction crisis, the number of children in need of foster or adoptive parents is growing.
On Saturday, April 27, the society is hosting its 5th annual Fairy Tale Ball, at the Nemesis Shrine Temple, to help raise money and awareness for the society.
"The idea is to give every child a 'Happily Ever After', says Rachel Sutton, the society's volunteer and community support social worker, "so it kind of ties in with the Fairy Tale Ball theme."
Tickets are still available for the April 27th event, although it is expected to be a sellout.
For more information, call (304) 485-0650.