In West Virginia, over 7,000 children are in foster care and the number is growing every day.

Together, we can make a difference.

As a church, our goal is to create a community of support, encouragement, and prayer for children experiencing foster care and the adults that courageously take on the role of a foster parent.

Foster WV is a Chestnut Ridge Church ministry that is dedicated to raising awareness about the growing foster care crisis in WV, recruiting foster parents to open their hearts and homes to children in need through local child welfare agencies, and resourcing foster, adoptive, and kinship families. We work to resource families through volunteer support called “care communities” (i.e. meals, babysitting, and household chores), access to our onsite Foster WV Resource Room, and free quarterly Foster Family Day events.

As a church family, we can accomplish this mission when everyone takes steps to pray, give, and act. Caring for vulnerable children and families is God's heart and our responsibility, and we believe that together, we can foster West Virginia!

“Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” –James 1:27

HOW YOU CAN HELP

All of us can help foster West Virginia when we pray, give, and act.

Pray

Children
Pray for the 7,000+ kids being impacted by the WV foster care crisis.
Families
Pray for the biological parents who are going through a challenging season apart from their children.
Pray for the current foster parents as they love and serve the children in their care.
Pray for new foster parents as they step up and begin fostering.

Our Church
Pray for our church family and our partners as we take steps to help foster West Virginia!

Give

Give to help our church and churches across the state recruit, train, and support foster and adoptive parents.
Provide
Purchase high-need items from the designated Amazon Wish List to help stock the Foster WV Resource Room. This list will include clothes, car seats, and beds for foster children. Donated items will be safely stored at The Ridge and made available to foster families in need. 

Act

Serve
Serve and support foster parents and children by providing practical help, such as delivering meals, childcare, running errands, doing yard work, and more. You can also offer encouragement and emotional support by consistently communicating with the parents, and praying for them. 
Foster
You can change a child’s life, and we’d love to walk with you every step of the way. Learn more about becoming a foster parent to a baby, toddler, child, or teen who needs a loving home.

currently fostering?

We’d love to connect and hear how
we can help you!

The Foster WV Resource Room provides
items for families in need.

Austin + Hasenmyer

Smith + Cargill

“Our friends began fostering multiple children over the last few years. It’s been so inspiring to watch their journey unfold and we love to help them however we can.”
Josh + Hillary

“Even though the children were only with us for a short time, we never imagined the impact fostering would have on us. It was equal parts heartbreaking and fulfilling. We felt closer to God when serving these children and their families by providing safety and security to the children, and also showing them a glimpse of God’s love.”
Chad + Kristin
“The prospect of dedicated support from the Chestnut Ridge Church community will be a wonderful addition for foster/kinship families and the children in their care.  We are so excited about a ministry devoted to this very important issue, and grateful that the church is taking a leadership role to address it.”
Joe + Pam

“Having a church family who accepts you for who you are is one thing…but having a church family who will accept your kids as normal kids and not foster/adopted broken kids is another thing.”
Joe + Brittany
Questions?
Email: foster@theridge.church | Phone: 304-584-0548