Children's Home Society of WV (Charleston, WV)


  • Name:Mrs. Kathrn Kandas
  • Title:MBA

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  • Organization Name:Children's Home Society of WV
  • Address:1422 Kanawha Blvd E
    P.O. Box 2942
    Charleston, WV 25330
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:304.346-0795
  • Main fax:304.346.1062

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  • Mission:
  • The Children's Home Society of West Virginia is a private, non-profit child welfare organization founded in 1896. The Society is a participatory organization consisting of employees, foster families, adoptive families, volunteers, Board members, Directors Emeriti, advisory council members, donors, benefactors, supporters, and friends. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is representative of the communities we serve from around the state. We are licensed to provide child welfare and behavioral health services in West Virginia.

    We are a member agency of the West Virginia Alliance for Children, the Child Welfare League of America and we are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.

    Comprehensive child welfare, behavioral health, social casework and advocacy services are provided to over 9,700 children each year from twelve primary locations throughout the state. Some of our current programs are adoption, foster care, in-home and in-community services for children and families, emergency shelter care, respite, mediation, parent education training, prenatal and early childhood services, volunteer and mentoring, youth services, visitation and reunification, school based social work, day care and comprehensive assessment services.

    The mission of the Children's Home Society is to promote the well being of children. Our current efforts are directed at helping children find lifetime families, protecting and nurturing children, and helping preserve and strengthen their families.

    The future we see for our children includes the Children's Home Society, working in concert with other organizations and institutions, assures that each child in West Virginia grows up in a safe and nurturing family that provides for his or her current and future needs.

  • History:
  • On Sunday, April 19, 1896 the Reverend D.W. Comstock, a retired minister and former Superintendent of the Children's Home Society of Arkansas arrived in Huntington, WV. Representing the National Children's Home Association, Rev. Comstock came to West Virginia to form a Children's Home Society similar to those he had formed in the Midwest.

    Working primarily through church congregations, Rev. Comstock recruited the charter members of the Society. On May 4, 1896, the State of West Virginia issued a Certificate of Incorporation in the name of The Children's Home Society of West Virginia for "the purpose of finding homes for homeless and dependent children." And the work began.

    Traveling by rail, Rev. Comstock gathered up West Virginia 's homeless children, finding them homes, raising money and promoting the work of the Society. In 1898, with the formation of a statewide Board of Directors, Governor G.W. Atkinson was elected as the Society's first President.

    In January 1900, the West Virginia Legislature passed a law allowing county courts to pass their wards to the Society for placement "in good families as sons and daughters..." This law created the need for a "waiting home" for children in the care of the Society. U.S. Senator Henry Gassaway Davis met this need with a gift of $10,000 for the purchase of the Botkin property at 1118 Washington Street in Charleston . This property became the Davis Child Shelter. Senator Davis remained a friend and benefactor of the shelter throughout his life, and the Society continues to receive operating funds from his estate today.

    In 1950, the Society outlined three distinct services to be offered statewide:

    • Adoption,
    • Emergency Shelter Care,
    • Specialized Care and Treatment for Emotionally Disturbed Children.

    By 1970, over 4,000 children had been placed for adoption by the Society and over 16,500 children had received shelter care and other services.

    The passage of H.B. 1010 during the 1982 Session of the West Virginia Legislature mandated the creation of additional emergency shelters around the state. Later in 1983, the Society added a highly specialized child protective services unit to its list of programs.

    By 1987, the Society added the Southern West Virginia Child Abuse and Neglect Volunteer Project, changing the name to WE CAN (Working to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect). The project recruits, trains, and places volunteers to assist child protective services workers in directly helping families who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. The program has been downsized but still serves 4 counties in West Virginia.

    Following two years of self-study in September 1991, the Society received full accreditation of all sites and programs from the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. COA is the largest independent, nationally recognized accrediting body for agencies providing mental health and social services to families, children and individuals in the United States and Canada . The Society has renewed and maintained its accreditation several times.

    During the early 90's the Society expanded services through: operation of additional emergency shelters - the Arthur N. Gustke Child Shelter (1992) in Parkersburg and the Lewisburg Shelter (1993); the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program (1993) in Kanawha County which trained community volunteers to speak up for abused, neglected and dependent children in court; and the completion of a $990,000 land acquisition and construction project (1995) resulting in modern housing for the Davis Child Shelter and the Charleston Home-Based Services Unit. The Society worked to add two additional shelters in Logan and Nicholas Counties in 1999. The A.N. Gustke Shelter in Parkersburg moved into a newly renovated facility in 2004 and the Huntington Shelter at Ona was rededicated in 2006 as the Hovah Hall Underwood Children's Shelter.

  • Year established:1896
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:
  • Advisory board size:21
  • Staff size:350


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:55-0360199

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:550360199
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 2942
  • Organization City:CHARLESTON
  • Organization State:WV
  • Organization Zip:25330-2942
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1936
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):999
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:P30Z
  • Asset Amount:$12,905,947
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$22,147,724
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$22,147,724
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 11:48:31 am

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