West Virginia

Advocates Propose Changes in West Virginia Foster Care System


Advocates Propose Changes in West Virginia Foster Care System

Child welfare advocates in West Virginia have recently offered up a slate of significant proposals to right the system that is admittedly flawed.

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Lawsuit to Reform West Virginia’s Foster Care System is Back On


Judges Toss Class Actions Against Ohio, West Virginia

Federal judges have dismissed two lawsuits filed over the treatment of relative caregivers in Ohio and of foster youth in West Virginia.

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Rahul Gupta will be the first physician to be named drug czar.


West Virginia Physician Rahul Gupta Picked as Drug Czar

The country’s next drug czar, if confirmed by the Senate, will be the first physician to hold the post, according to news reports.

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Advocates Propose Changes in West Virginia Foster Care System


West Virginia Announces Plan to Restructure Child Welfare System

West Virginia is splitting part of its welfare bureau into two smaller pieces as part of a broader effort to improve the child welfare system.


West Virginia Foster Care Ombudsman Reports Rampant Fear of Retaliation

More than 90% of parents and foster parents who asked for an investigation into problems they had while dealing with the West Virginia foster care system in the recent past said they did so despite fear of retaliation, according to a news account based on the ombudsperson’s first-ever report.

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Two New States Win Federal Approval of Family Preservation Plans

Two more states have joined the roster of states that can now use the federal child welfare entitlement to support services for families whose kids might otherwise be taken away and fall into the foster care system.


    West Virginia Child Welfare System Hit with Class-Action Lawsuit (UPDATED)

    West Virginia, the third poorest state in the nation with the highest rate of foster care removals in the country, is handing children off to unsupported and unverified relatives and dooming hundreds to age out of foster care from institutions and group homes.


    West Virginia College for Current, Former Foster Youths to Open in 2018

    After several years of planning, a nonprofit child welfare service provider is preparing to launch the nation’s first-ever college for foster youth. KVC Health Systems plans to open its yet-to-be-named campus in January 2018 in Montgomery, West Virginia.


    A Three-Branch Approach to Child Welfare Reform

    When the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities released its groundbreaking report this past March, it helped launch a national dialogue about child safety, and most importantly, shifted the current narrative around maltreatment-related fatalities in a significant way.