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Cabell County Foster Fest Information

April 24, 2017

Hello, and greetings. This letter is to inform and invite you to an upcoming community event in Cabell County, affectionately dubbed, “Foster Fest.” What is it? I’m glad you asked. Foster Fest is a gathering of community resources in the state of West Virginia, who for one day in the year, can put aside any differences they may have and take a stand in solidarity against the ravages of the horrible drug epidemic that has swept through our state, leaving many homes broken and children without families. As a Home Resource Coordinator for Necco Foster Care in Huntington, it seems there is not a day that goes by where we don’t have referrals for children who need homes due to drug involvement of one kind or another. As a father of an adopted little girl who happened to be one of those very same children, it hits me very close to home. My vision is that if people are considering fostering or adoption, fear is natural; but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Foster Fest is designed to help families understand there are a bevy of resources out here in our great state that are willing and wanting to help in this sometimes-scary process, and that they are not alone. Foster Fest is an opportunity for families to have a “one-stop shop” environment where the family can visit all agencies in one locale, foster or otherwise, and make an informed decision as to whether or not fostering/adoption is right for them.

Also, as a part of Foster Fest, trainings and seminars will be provided throughout the day for families or individuals who would like to take advantage of topics that are of interest to them. Many of these seminars are conducted by leaders in their respective fields and several of those deal exclusively with information on services provided or drug addiction and how it affects the child. Other trainings would include a “walk-through” of the Child Protective Services and Adoption Processes, advice on dealing with and understanding teens in the age of technology, the many roles in the foster/adoptive system, choosing quality child care, and NAS-affected babies, to name but a few. Education is key in Foster Fest.

Foster Fest will be held at Huntington High School on Saturday, May 13th from 10am to 4pm. The High School is conveniently located off of the Hal Greer exit of Interstate 64. Booth space will be available to those interested in participating. Registration is free, as is admission. Necco will be providing popcorn and snow-cones throughout the day.

Would you or anyone you know like to be a part of this special event? If so, please contact me, Chad Messer, BA, at Necco Foster Care. My office number is 304-733-0036; and my cell phone number is 304-634-0861. Just leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as humanly possible. I would consider it an honor to have you and your agency take part in this stand against not only drugs, but any and all things that threaten to destroy families and leave our children without homes. Thank you for your consideration, and I truly hope you have a great, blessed day.

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