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Quarterly Newsletter Aims To Help Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents

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Mission West Virginia and the West Virginia Department and Health and Human Resources (DHHR) have partnered to electronically publish a quarterly newsletter for families called West Virginia Kids Thrive.

“DHHR is committed to helping kids and families thrive in their home by improving access to community-based mental health and social services,” said Cammie Chapman, DHHR’s deputy secretary of Children and Adult Services. “We realize that parents and caregivers appreciate receiving timely and helpful information in various formats, and hope the West Virginia Kids Thrive newsletter meets this need.”

The newsletter includes helpful information for foster parents, adoptive parents and kinship caregivers.

Kylee Hassan, marketing director for the Frameworks Program at Mission West Virginia, said the Framework Program helps find families for children who are waiting in the foster care system.

“The reason we did this is another way to reach foster care, foster parents, adoptive parents, kinship and relative caregivers so that we can provide consistent and timely information for those families,” Hassan said. “So we’re going to provide things like any important dates in that quarter for those families that they should know about.”

Hassan said each issue will focus on seasonal information for parents, like back-to-school tips in the upcoming September issue.

“The next quarter will feature things like Kinship Care Month, which is in September, and National Adoption Month is in November,” Hassan said. “The next issue will likely feature things that come with school starting in the fall, clothing vouchers and things like that.”

Hassan said they welcome community input and ask the public to submit questions to be answered in upcoming issues of West Virginia Kids Thrive via email at KidsThrive@wv.gov.

“If people have any input, things that they would like to see, questions that they would like answered, please email that email,” Hassan said. “We will be happy to put content out that people would like to see and read.”

Appalachia Health News is a project of West Virginia Public Broadcasting with support from Charleston Area Medical Center and Marshall Health.