Ritter Park display hopes to encourage new foster parents amid crisis situation
HUNTINGTON - Four hundred fifty-three American flags planted this week in Ritter Park are a stark reminder of every child currently in need of a foster family in Cabell County.
There are approximately 7,000 children in the foster care system in West Virginia and only about 3,000 foster families available to them. There is a dire need for more foster parents amid an opioid epidemic that has torn many families apart, said Kylee Hassan, communications and outreach director for Mission West Virginia.
May is National Foster Care Month. To raise awareness, the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District is hosting a family fun movie night Friday, May 24, that explores fostering.