Marsh Foundation Celebrates One Year in Downtown Location
VAN WERT, Ohio – One year ago, The Marsh Foundation opened its Foster Care and Adoption Center on Main Street in downtown Van Wert. With the goal of being more accessible to the community, the new facility has been successful in helping The Marsh to achieve its main goal; helping more children and families.
Becoming more visible and accessible has helped The Marsh recruit additional foster families. “We have added eight more homes in Van Wert County alone,” said Melissa Snyder, foster care supervisor. That translates to helping 10 more kids each day than the foster care division was helping last year at this time.
According to Kim Mullins, executive director of Child and Family Services, agrees that the new location has been largely impactful on the foster care program at The Marsh. “This move downtown has given us new possibilities in serving foster children,” she said. “There is no greater gift to give a child than a family.”
Since opening one year ago, The Marsh has been able to give a home, and a family, to 90 children. “It is a great feeling to see our number of dedicated foster and adoptive families growing,” said Snyder. “We are thrilled about our expansion over the past year and look forward to even more future growth.”
The Foster Care and Adoption Center currently employs five full-time employees and is contains office space that is for used for trainings, meetings, family visits and more.
The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children’s services agency that provides services in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, family foster care (ages 0-17), an intensive treatment program, adoption and independent living services. Located in Van Wert, Ohio, the organization’s group homes are licensed for up to 30 children ages 7 – 17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2 – 12 and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster care children and community members.
One year ago, The Marsh Foundation opened their Foster Care and Adoption Center on Main Street in downtown Van Wert.