Posted: May 26, 2011 2:58 PM
By Kristin Bartee
Princeton, WV (WVVA)--147 children are in the custody of Child Protective Services in Mercer County alone and more than 4,000 statewide in West Virginia.
Children's Home Society of West Virginia held a multiple stop bus tour to give an inside look into the system protecting children.
Stops were made at the Princeton Community Hospital, Mercer County Courthouse, Child Protect of Mercer County and Straley Elementary.
Each stop was designed to show what each child goes through during the long process of being removed and placed into a permanent home.
"It's a very scary experience when a child is removed from their home, and when you get removed that is something that no child should have too or want to experience says, Marie Patterson."
The sad reality is that some children never find permanent homes and eventually reach 18 and are aged out of the system.
If you would be interested in fostering or helping out just call the Children's Home Society of West Virginia at (304) 431-2424.
Don't miss the video there- "Inside the shoes of a foster child"