Family Support Services

These resources include information on helping families and children with in home services, counseling, childcare and early education.

  • FAST (Family Advocacy, Support & Training)

    FAST is a Legal Aid of West Virginia program that helps West Virginia children, from birth to age 21, who have a mental health, co-occurring or co-existing diagnosis, and who are struggling or experiencing discrimination in school or early learning programs because of these challenges. Some of the ways FAST can help includes: working with families and school officials to develop individual education plans (IEPs), facilitating discussions between schools and families, and helping resolve legal concerns that directly impacts a child’s academic success.

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  • FMRS

    Providing services in the following areas: Resiliency for Appalachia (Youth Overcoming Trauma), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Adolescent Substance Abuse Services, Children’s Mobile Crisis Response, Children’s Wraparound Services, School-Based Mental Health, Regional Youth Services, Parent Peer Support, and Life Space Crisis Intervention.

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  • Just for Kids, Inc.

    Just For Kids coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts and mental health clinicians under one roof. Our staff provides the following services; facilitates our partner’s response, arranges family visits to the center, conducts forensic interviews, family advocacy and crisis intervention services, mental health therapy and ensures appropriate medical treatment. All of our services are aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process. Just for Kids services are free of charge to every client.

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  • KVC

    KVC provides two types of in-home services: Medically-Necessary Services and Socially-Necessary Services. Medically-Necessary Services – services to children and adults who have Medicaid and meet APS Healthcare and Medicaid criteria for medical necessity. We offer both individual and family therapy. Socially-Necessary Services – provides in-home Socially Necessary (ASO) Services. The referrals for these services are generated through DHHR only, and clients of Child Protective Services or Youth Services are eligible to receive these services.

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  • MountainHeart Community Services, Inc.

    MountainHeart Community Services offers services in the following: Child Care Resources and referrals, Head Start and Early Head Start, Weatherization Assistance Program, WV Birth to 3, and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).

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  • Office of Diversion and Transition Programs

    The goal of Transition Specialists is to prepare juveniles for successful transition to public school, employment, and to life in their communities as responsible, productive citizens. We serve students who face unique educational challenges because they are placed in facilities out of their home for adjudicated and status related offenses, mental health services, or specialized medical needs. We work closely with these students to ensure they are able to enroll in public school or higher education, complete their high school graduation tracks, obtain employment, and develop essential skills needed to function productively in society.

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  • PAT (Parents As Teachers)

    PAT is a free program offered through New River Health Association to help parents recognize their value as their child’s first and most important teacher. Parents and caregivers are essential for a child’s success! PAT works with pregnant women and families with children up to five years of age. PAT utilizes Home Visitors to provide education regarding pregnancy and early childhood development, support, encouragement for healthy lifestyles and resource referrals.

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  • Right from the Start

    Right from the Start (RFTS) is a statewide program that helps West Virginia mothers and their babies lead healthier lives by offering home visitation services with a Designated Care Coordinator (registered nurse or licensed social worker). Our services are FREE and support mothers, their new babies and their families by helping create a safe, nurturing home. Our Designated Care Coordinators discuss any questions and concerns you may have and help you find the resources you need.

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  • Safe at Home

    Safe at Home services include: Trauma-informed assessments for youth and their families to identify their needs, trauma-informed wraparound services, evidence-based services and supports, and opportunities to provide services early and often, aligned with the targeted needs of youth and their families. The goals of Safe at Home West Virginia are to ensure youth remain in their own communities whenever safely possible, reduce reliance on foster care/congregate care and prevent re-entries, and reduce the number of children in higher cost placements out-of-state.
    Youth considered for Safe at Home West Virginia wraparound services: Ages 12 to 17 who are in Residential Placement (in-state or out-of-state) or at risk of Residential Placement. Ages 9 to 11 who are in out-of-state Residential Placement or in detention or acute psychiatric hospitals.

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  • United Way of Southern WV

    The United Way of Southern WV offers 5 areas of assistance including: WV 211 (a 24/7 referral hotline), Equal Footing Shoe Fund (providing children ages 1-18 with new shoes), Anti-Hunger (bringing awareness to child hunger over the summer months and supporting summer feeding programs), Literacy (providing monthly readers to 2 elementary schools), and Healthy Babies (providing information on how to support children and subject areas around fetal alcohol syndrome, neonatal abstinence syndrome and shaken baby).

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  • WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

    Fayette County staff offer services for pregnant women, infants and children up to the age of five years. In addition to their monthly food package, in the summer they offer farmer’s market coupons. They have breastfeeding classes and one-on-one nutritional consultations to help you make healthy food choices and give you information to establish healthy lifestyle habits.

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  • WV Birth to Three

    WV Birth to Three provides services and supports for children under age three who have a delay in their development, or may be at risk of having a delay, and their family. A child may have delays in one or more of the following areas: Cognitive – thinking and learning, Physical – moving, seeing and hearing, Social/emotional – feeling, coping, getting along with others, Adaptive – doing things for him/herself, Communication – understanding and communicating with others.

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  • WV Youth Advocate Program

    Our offices serve as a base for regional services which include an array of Therapeutic Foster Care options and Home Based Services for children ages 0-18 and their families.
    These services include: Children’s Wraparound, Comprehensive Assessment Services (CAPS), Foster to Adopt, Juvenile Victim Offender Mediation, Outpatient Mental Health, Safe-At-Home, Positive Adolescent Sexuality Services (PASS), and Traditional and Intensive Foster Care.

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