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Buckhannon Residents Honored For Foster Care Services

October 2, 2007
    Gov. Joe Manchin and his staff presented certificates of appreciation to 44 foster care parents in a ceremony on May 24 in the State Capitol Building. 

    Tina and Tim Saffle of Buckhannnon were recognized during this ceremony.  They have been approved to provide Specialized Family Care with Potomac Center since August 2003. The Saffle family had prior experience providing foster care upon their approval with Potomac Center. They had provided foster care for seven years with another agency and have had a total of nine placements with Potomac Center.

    Tina Saffle encourages the children to be active in school and extracurricular activities. She provides transportation to all activities and appointments. They have never refused to consider a child due to any disability or age.

    The Saffles have adopted two foster children, one of whom had been placed in several foster homes after the unexpected death of his foster mother. They actually adopted this young man after he turned 18.

    May was National Foster Care Month and these 44 foster parents provide love, leadership and a safe environment for children in out-of-home care but who are in the custody of the Department Of Health and Human Resources for either abuse or neglect or juvenile delinquency. These families provide a very important service to these children on behalf of West Virginia.

    “We need more families who are willing to open their homes to love children. We struggle daily with providing enough foster homes for our children and encourage parents to consider becoming a foster parent. The job is a tough one, just like being any parent but the rewards are wonderful,” Manchin said.

    Foster families open their homes and hearts to children whose families are in crisis by providing safe, loving environments. Children move into the foster family system when their own original homes are disrupted by death, illness, drug abuse or neglect. There is a system of care and support in the community know as foster families that are trained and willing to accept these children and take care of them.

    The Foster Family Based Treatment Association-West Virginia Chapter (FFTA) encourages families to consider becoming foster parents to help the children who are removed from their homes and need a stable environment.

    “We are so pleased that Gov. Manchin has taken this step to recognize and honor, the foster families in West Virginia who take care of vulnerable children,” said Barbara Reknagel, chairperson of FFTA.

    To find out more about becoming a foster parent, call Potomac Center at 538-8111.



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