Since 1913, Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc. has dedicated itself to changing lives by providing hope and healing to those who are hurting. With more than 20 locations, our multi-service agency helps make a difference by fulfilling the needs of people throughout West Virginia and Western Maryland. When it comes to Family Services, we offer many, including prenatal services, helping young children, foster care and adoption services. Each of the programs we offer seeks to help people break free from a cycle of struggle and discover true hope and renewal.
Continue reading to learn more about the family services offered through Burlington.
Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc. was founded in October of 1913 by Dr. F.L. Baker of Burlington, and Rev. F.C. Rollman, a Justice of the Peace and Postmaster from Elk Garden, West Virginia. The original house, called The Star of Hope Child Refuge, met the needs of children from nearby counties living in impoverished homes and farms. Over the years, our agency expanded and thus, underwent additional name changes. But in 1993, we took our present name: Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc.
We entered the Foster Care ministry in 1985, and since then, it has grown into one of our largest programs. Children that experienced abuse and neglect or have emotional or physical challenges. Children are placed in foster care when their parents or guardians can no longer
ensure their essential well-being.Our foster care team works closely with families and clients to ensure needs are met and help work towards reunification.
To learn more about fostering, we encourage you to read some or all of our resources:
- What To Expect When Fostering A Child
- I Want To Be A Foster Parent, What Do I Do?
- 3 Reasons Why You Should Foster A Child
Burlington can help with many adoption steps. We are licensed by the WV Department of Health and Human Resources and serve all 55 counties in the state of WV. At Burlington, we assist our clients with four kinds of adoption: Domestic, International, Special Needs and Foster to Adopt. Depending on your existing family, we can help you determine what your needs are and help find your family the best fit. Domestic adoption can range from newborns to teenagers. If you are considering international adoption, more than 30 countries outside of the US allow US citizens to adopt.
To learn more about adoption, we encourage you to read some or all of our resources:
- How to Prepare for the Adoption Process
- Five Ways to Bond With Your Adopted Child
- Five Things To Consider Before Adoption
The Be-Hive is a fun place to join with other families with young children. Be-Hive is exclusively for parents with their young children ages 0-13. Here, you will enjoy games, musical performances, presentations, theater skits, storytelling, movies, puppet shows and many other activities focused on one or more great life principles.
Community Based Therapy services are available to children and adults in the Keyser and surrounding areas and in the Grafton and surrounding areas. Services are available to children ages 3 and older and include, but not limited to treatment for child abuse, child neglect, trauma, depression, and behavioral disorders. Specialty services for children include Trauma Focused CBT and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Services to adults include mental health disorders as well as substance abuse disorders offering individual and group therapies for stimulant use disorder.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SERVICES
We provide Community Engagement Services in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Our Community Engagement Specialists assist individuals 18 years and older with mental health illnesses, substance abuse, co-occurring or co-existing disorders who are at-risk for psychiatric hospitalization.
SAFE AT HOME
Safe at Home West Virginia is a state funded program providing temporary support to:
- Reduce reliance on out-of-home settings and prevent re-entries into them
- Ensure youth remain in (or return to) their community settings whenever safely possible
- Reduce the number of children in placements out-of-state
Safe at Home West Virginia empowers families by utilizing an innovative Wraparound planning process including:
- Trauma-informed assessments and planning focused on needs
- Wraparound services that are individualized and coordinated
- Evidence-based services and supports to improve long-term outcomes.
SARAH’S House (Sexual Abuse Response And Help) is a child advocacy center that provides services to children victimized by sexual abuse, physical abuse, drug endangerment, witness to violence, sexual exploitation and exposure or depiction in child pornography. SARAH’s House strives to reduce the trauma that the victims experience and enhance the ability to respond to child maltreatment.
Our Student Attendance Assistance (SAA) program services students, kindergarten through fifth grade in Morgantown, West Virginia. SAA workers partner with schools in Monongalia County to educate students on the importance of attending their classes. Additionally, SAA workers provide children with incentives for perfect attendance.
TARGETED CASE MANAGEMENT
Targeted Case Management serves Garrett County, Maryland, and assists clients with identifying and obtaining needed services such as mental health treatment, medication, federal and state benefits, housing and more.
HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED A HELPING HAND? CONTACT BURLINGTON TODAY
The meaningful work we do every day at Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc. provides hope and healing to individuals and families throughout communities, the state of West Virginia and beyond. If you need help or have questions about fostering, adoption, prenatal services, youth services or any of our other services, please contact us at 304-260-5884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“For I know what I have planned for you,” says the Lord. “I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11