Opioids impacting West Virginia's foster care system
Of the six states where Pressley Ridge serves children and families, West Virginia has the largest amount of opioid-related cases.
The nonprofit works to create stronger families through a multitude of services, including foster care and case management for children and families affected by opioid addictions.
Executive Director Angie Hamilton tells WSAZ there are currently around 6,000 children in the foster care system in West Virginia and of that number, nearly half have been removed from their homes due to substance abuse issues.
It’s something Chris Crytzer knows all too well as a treatment foster parent through Pressley Ridge. Crytzer says he became the foster parent of a 10-month-old that was going through withdrawals from opioids.
Hamilton says their Treatment Foster Care program provides intensive training to help with treatment and support for the affected child. In addition, staff and foster parents ensure the children receive the physical and mental health care they need. The ultimate goal is to return the child to their biological family or find a permanent home.
There are other ways you can get involved in helping the foster care system in West Virginia. Hamilton says if you’re interested in fostering or would like some more information call 304-624-9875.