Family Support Services

Childhood and Family Support Services

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Boy Scouts

Buckskin Council
2829 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV
(304) 340-3663

Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts is an organization that provides educational programming for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.


Energy Express

c/o WVU Extension Service
104 East Wiseman Avenue
Fayetteville, WV
(304) 574-4253
Contact: Andrea Mender

Energy Express is a summer reading and nutritional program that helps to increase the reading skills of elementary school children. Transportation is available from pick-up sites in the county. Meals are provided to children on site.


Family Advocacy, Support & Training (FAST)

(Legal Aide of West Virginia)

922 Quarrier St, Fourth Floor
Charleston, WV
(304) 255-0561

Toll Free: 1-866-255-4370

The goal of the FAST program is to develop a statewide parent and youth support network that will empower families to participate in planning, management, and evaluation of their child's treatment and service needs.

Eligibility checklist:

  • child must be 5-18 years of age or transitioning to adulthood up to the age of 22
  • Legal Guardian agrees to participate
  • at least one of the following: 1) child has a Primary Mental Health (DSM-IV Axis 1) emotional and/or behavioral diagnosis; 2) child's level of disability requires multi-agency intervention to improve conditions (services from at least 2or more child-serving systems; one must be Mental Health); 3) child has received Mental Health/Behavioral Health services for at least a year or these services are expected to last for more than a year. Legal Aid of WV is a statewide non-profit organization that provides family-driven advocacy services to children and adults with mental or behavioral health needs.


Family Options Providers, Inc.

550 North Eisenhower Drive
Beckley, WV 25801
(304) 254-9610
Fax# (304) 254-9099

Family Options Providers, Inc. offers services that assist individuals and families with resolving issues that affect their functioning in any area of their lives. Services include assessments; parenting education; basic life skills training; transportation; home studies; supervision in situations with risk; supervised visitation and linkage to other needed resources. Eligible individuals are those referred by DHHR Social Services Unit. We accept referrals for home studies and parenting from private pay sources.

Family Options Providers also offers Reality Check Drug Screening services, primarily to employers as pre-screening method for prospective employees.


Fayette County 4-H

c/o WVU Extension Service
104 East Wiseman Avenue
Fayetteville, WV
(304) 574-4234

Fayette County 4-H engages children in social, educational and community service opportunities.they work to improve the consciousness and importance of health, loyalty, responsibility, familial bonds, as well as service to self and country. 4-H Clubs are located throughout the county. Contact 4-H for exact locations.

Fayette Starting Points

PO Box 283
Alloy, WV
25002 Rt. 60,
Located inside Old Falls View Elementary
(304) 779-3109

Fayette Starting Points provides playgroups, parent education, baby pantry, and community education and outreach.


Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council

820 Johnstown Rd
Beckley, WV
(304) 252-9836

This organization builds girls (Grades K-12) of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.  New age levels better serve Girl Scouts:  Girl Scout Daisy, Grades K-1; Girl Scout Brownie, Grades 2-3; Girl Scout Junior, Grades 4-5; Girl Scout Cadette, Grades 6-8; Girl Scout Senior, Grades 9-10; and Girl Scout Ambassador, Grades 11-12.   Go for the Gold!  The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. Leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that comes from 'going for the gold' set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. 

KVC Behavioral Healthcare

PO Box 1286
117 Rural Acres Drive
Beckley, WV 25802

office: (304) 929-4130

fax: (304) 929-4134

(304) 718-1570- Crisis Line

KVC Behavioral Healthcare is a private, non-profit behavioral health care organization that provides mental health, psychiatric and social work services that assist individuals and families with resolving issues that interfere with normal, everyday functioning. Eligible individuals will have Medicaid, CHIPS, a referral from DHHR Social Services or a private insurance that pays for the services provided. Requests for services can be made Monday- Friday from 8:00 am -– 5:00 pm.


Legal Research Center WV

Supreme Court Law Library
State Capitol Building, Charleston, WV

(304) 558-2607

Legal Research Center WV is a resource for court forms, such as guardianship, custody and other forms by calling or downloading them online.

MIHOW (Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker)

New River Health Center

57 Sutphin Lane
Scarbro, WV
(304) 469-3345

Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker Program (MIHOW) works with pregnant women and families with children up to three years of age. MIHOW utilizes Home Visitors to provide education regarding pregnancy and early childhood development, support, encouragement for healthy lifestyles, and resource referrals. MIHOW Home Visitors become advocates, as well as educators, for those enrolled in the MIHOW program.


Mountaineer Challenge Academy

PO Box 586 Kingwood , WV 25637

240 Army Road
Kingwood, WV
(304) 329-2118

Mountaineer Challenge Academy provides quasi military program for educationally at-risk youth ages 16-18. Cadets attend a 22 week residential program. Parents are not required to pay tuition or other costs associated with the program. The course is free to those accepted, however some personal and clothing items may need to be purchased. You may  obtain an application by calling 1-800-529-7700 or by picking one up from your local high school guidance office, local juvenile probation department or local DHHR office.  No referrals are necessary.

  • The Academy is unable to accept court-ordered youth.
  • Teens must volunteer to attend.
  • The Academy offers two classes annually, January and July.
  • Applications are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.


Parents as Teachers

Falls View Starting Points Center

PO Box 283
Alloy, WV 25002


New River Health Center

57 Sutphin Lane
Scarbro, WV
(304) 469-3345

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a home-visiting program for prenatal through age 5. Services are completely free; there are no income requirements. What PAT does: visit each family once or twice per month (or more if needed); provide information to parents/caregivers to help understand child development; provide fun activities for child and parent/caregiver to help with child's development; and provide screenings to monitor progress. Group activities are also planned for families.


Right From the Start (RFTS)

Region IV
23 Main St., Rainelle, WV 25962
(304) 438-5810

(304) 483-5813 (fax)

Right From The Start Project (RFTS) is a statewide program in West Virginia committed to producing improvements in birth outcomes for low-income pregnant women and their families.  RFTS provides case management services for pregnant women/adolescents and infants up to one year of age.  RFTS ensures access to healthcare, provides parenting education, childbirth education, smoking cessation, preventive self-care instruction, postpartum depression screening, newborn/infant development, infant safety instruction, infant nutrition information, and referral to many community resources. To be eligible for services, the prenatal woman or postnatal woman and infant must have a valid Medicaid card or valid RFTS Maternity Services card. To request services or make a referral, call Community Action of Southeastern WV at the number listed above.


Specialized Family Care Program - Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Mercer Co. DHHR
350 Davis Street
Princeton, WV  24740

(304) 425 8738 Ext. 2075
(304) 487 9790 (fax)


The Specialized Family Care (SFC) Program is in place to help link adults and children who have intellectual or developmental disabilities with families that are willing to open their homes to them and offer loving family environments. SFC allows a person to continue living in the community in safe, loving family units, rather than being confined to an institutional setting or left unattended without care in the community. SFC also gives help to families who care for their loved ones at home by providing part-time care for their family member over short periods of time, and then have their loved one returned to their own homes.
Persons qualified for this program live in a foster care setting with individuals and families who are specially screened, trained, and state certified to provide care in their home, 24 hours a day, offering the person care, support, training, and supervision. The person is welcomed into that home as a family member.

Unity Services

PO Box 73
Daniels, WV
(304) 255-3160

Unity Services is a private agency that serves families and children by providing family assessments; needs assessments; parenting education; life skills training; transportation; support; mentoring; supervised visitation; supervision in situations with risk; and linkage to other needed resources. Services are designed to protect and nurture children while strengthening and preserving the family unity.


WV Children’s Health Insurance Plan (WVCHIP)

1-877-WVA-CHIP (1-877-982-2447) TOLL FREE

Or contact DHHR

1400 Virginia Street
Oak Hill, WV
(304) 469-9613

WVCHIP was created to help working families who do not have health insurance for their children.

To make sure that children are healthy, it is important that they have access to medical care. Children who get good medical care have a better chance of being healthy and doing well in school.

It’s easy to start your WVCHIP application over the phone or to complete it online. You will need to share information on who is in your family and your family'’s income.

The customer service representatives working for the WVCHIP toll-free helpline (1-877-982-2447):

  • Answer questions about the program
  • Tell you what services are covered
  • Explain about co-payments


Services covered through WVCHIP include medical office visits, hospitalization, urgent or after hours clinic visits, prescription drugs, immunizations, dental service, oral surgery, accident-related dental services, vision services, vision therapy, well-child care, mental health, and chemical dependency services.

If you would like to complete your application online, visit It takes approximately ten minutes to complete your application online, however you may save it and complete it at a later time if needed.


WV Youth Advocate

115 Rosemar Road Suite 15
Parkersburg, WV 26104

(304) 485-0791

1-800-434-0791 Toll Free

WV Youth Advocate provides a community alternative to institutionalization for youth involved with the juvenile justice system, welfare, children's services, mental health and mentally challenged situations.