Foster care, substance abuse top priorities for state government

Foster care, substance abuse top priorities for WV state government

CHARLESTON — Drug overdose deaths are decreasing and work is ongoing to reunite children in the foster care system with their families, but lawmakers and state health officials say more will be done to curb substance abuse and the further growth of the foster care system in 2020. Members of the media heard from a […]

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Inside West Virginia’s overwhelmed foster care system

Inside West Virginia’s Foster Care System Where This Many Children Reside

As many American parents struggle with opioid addiction, the number of children put into foster care in the U.S. is steadily increasing. In West Virginia, the foster care system has been hit particularly hard; roughly 6,700 children in the state are in foster care, an increase of almost 70% […] The first thing social workers […]

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Foster care bill passes senate overwhelmingly despite concerns

Foster care bill passes West Virginia senate overwhelmingly despite concerns

The bill provides protections for parents to ensure they don’t lose parental rights while participating in a substance abuse treatment program. It sets timelines for foster care certifications and limits the number of out-of-state foster care placements. The issue causing the most concern for lawmakers is a provision allowing the state Department of Health and […]

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