Could You Be A Foster Parent?

Recent studies show that the number of children placed in foster care increased for the fourth consecutive year last year, with many of these children being placed in temporary group homes because there are not enough foster families available.

We want to change that.

At Necco, we believe that every kid is just one caring adult away from living a more productive life. We are on a mission to:

  • Educate - We want the role of the foster parent to be understood. We also want to clarify misconceptions surrounding the responsibilities of the foster parent and the expectations of both the foster parent and foster child.

  • Shake-up the stigmas - Misinformation and generalization can hurt! Kids in foster care are not bad kids, they have just been dealt a bad hand. We aim to eliminate stigmas, one positive story at a time.

  • Change the face of child welfare - We challenge you to look within. In giving of yourself to help a child in need, the life you change just may be your own!

You don’t need to be a superhero to be a foster parent. You just need to be able to pack lunches, drive to soccer practice, and give small, consistent acts of kindness. Kids thrive on love and structure. Founder Beau Necco says: Kids are like industrialized rubber; they will bounce back with small, incremental changes. Get started today!

Foster family

Being a Successful Foster Parent

Parenting is hard. All parents potentially face difficulties and tough situations. However, unlike biological parents, foster parents receive support from the Necco team throughout the time they have children in their care. We are a family building families. From nutrition support to social, behavioral and mental health support to education support, foster parents have numerous resources available to them.

Being a successful foster parent means having an open heart, a flexible spirit, a willingness to learn and remembering above all that they are taking a kid who means nothing to no one and making them something to someone.

While all of these traits are important, having a flexible spirit is critical because some children who enter foster care are reunited with their birth parents. Foster parents need to accept that they may have to facilitate visitations and court appearances. On the flip side, however, by building a positive relationship and bond with their foster child, they also can potentially “jump the line” and adopt them.

At Necco we build families.

Across West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Georgia we’ve placed thousands of children with supportive and caring families. We have foster parents from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life. Married, single, same-sex parents, homemakers, professionals, and everyone in between, all that matters is your desire to give these children comfort, stability, and love.

Click here for step-by-step guidance on your Foster Journey

How Foster Care Works

Becoming a foster parent is a rewarding journey and Necco will be with you every step of the way. With Necco you have the opportunity to hear stories from other foster families, experience different viewpoints, discover things about your own family dynamic, and most importantly, gain an understanding of the past experiences of the child you’re about to welcome into your home. What you learn during your certification process prepares you for when your foster child needs you.

We look forward to supporting your family through:
  • Continuous and convenient foster-parent training
  • Family-focused outings
  • Family interviews
  • Home visits
  • And a myriad of other services provided before, during, and after you begin fostering!
In addition, we provide:
  • Licensed therapists on staff
  • 24/7 availability
  • A network of 23 offices across 4 states

Foster Care to Adoption

Foster parents join Necco to build families. Some families open their hearts and homes to provide children with a safe, stable, and loving temporary home. Other families are interested in creating a forever family through adoption. If the latter is you, the fastest way to adopt is through Necco’s Foster2Adopt Program. Families who foster-to-adopt are awarded adoption benefits not available through a traditional private adoption.

The Necco Experience

At Necco we are purpose-driven, and that purpose is to lift children out of an impossible situation and into a world filled with hope. Our purpose is to not only change their circumstances but their journey. This change requires a sense of safety, stability, and a strong support network that can only come from caring adults - foster parents like you.

When you partner with Necco, you instantly join the Necco family. This means we support you, both in times of celebration and in times of need. We make it our duty to provide our foster families with the resources, education, and unrivaled support services needed to change the outcomes of these children. Call it outstanding customer service, if you will, but we just call it a typical day at Necco.

We can’t do it overnight and we can’t do it alone. We need your help to change the trajectory of these kids’ lives. Will you join us?

The opioid epidemic has placed additional pressure on an already strained child welfare system. The need for loving foster parents is now greater than it has ever been. Speak with someone today to learn how you can become a foster parent and change the course of a child’s life!

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