Foster Children Picnic

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Parents who have adopted children and those who would like to adopt were given a chance to meet and greet Friday.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources held a picnic for adopted children and their foster parents.

The DHHR says it needs more foster parents and believes there are misconceptions as to why many people who could adopt a child avoid doing so.

"Many people think you have to be a two-parent family, have a big home, and a large income," says Jean Faulkner, the adopted children director for DHHR. "None of this is true. We have a lot of single parents. It's the availability of care and the ability to parent."

An estimated 150 people attended the picnic, including people from Wood, Wirt, Ritchie and Calhoun Counties.