Community Care of WV will waive certain fees for prospective foster parents
In response to West Virginia’s growing need for foster parents, Community Care of West Virginia has announced that it will be waiving the $75.00 fee for any physicals provided to potential foster care parents. Physicals are a legally required part of the application process to certify adults looking to have children placed in their homes.
According to a press release from Community Care on June 5th, Richard Simon, CEO of Community Care of WV, said while attending a meeting with the West Virginia Dept of Health and Human Resources [DHHR], they were informed of the staggering number of West Virginia children in foster care.
Community Care of West Virginia immediately implemented a directive to all of its locations to waive the fee for physicals for any individual in the process of becoming a foster parent. Simon said they felt it was necessary to do their part to help expand the number of homes available to children in the system.
Those in the process of becoming foster parents that need to fulfill the required medical physical can visit any of the Community Care’s Health Center or CareXpress locations. Appropriate paperwork must be presented at the time of the physical to have the fee waived.
According to the West Virginia DHHR, more than a thousand children were added to the child welfare system between 2012 and 2016. The total county of children in the state’s care has now reached more than 5000. Individuals looking to become foster parents or interested in learning more about the process can visit www.dhhr.wv.gov.
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