About Us > Population We Serve

Our Referrals Come From...

Referrals for residential care for youth (ages

12 - 18) come from throughout the state of West 

Virginia based on location and the type of

treatment/environment available.


The WV Department of Health and Human

Resources is the legal guardian of these youth until

the court determines whether family reunification or

an alternate, permanent placement is appropriate.


Youth We Serve... 

Youth are placed into treatment at The Children's Home of Wheeling by the judicial system. They are removed from their home through the WV Department of Health and Human Resources due to becoming orphaned, substance abuse issues, abuse/neglect or a parent's inability to care for them.

These young men often come from dysfunctional family environments and have resulting moderate to severe adjustment difficulties in school, home and in the community.


While in treatment at The Children's Home of Wheeling (for an average of nine to twelve months) they receive group and individual therapy focused around histories of abandonment, substance abuse, abuse/neglect, parenting concerns, poor self-esteem, depression, grief and unhealthy peer relationships.


After the treatment period, a judge determines whether they can be re-unified with family, remain in residential treatment or will be placed into a foster home.