Children and Families Posts

Improving Juvenile Justice in West Virginia

(Charleston, WV) - Every year in West Virginia, around 4,000 juveniles will appear before a judge. Pending the judge’s decision, a juvenile may be given an improvement period to address the behavior, put on probation, referred to a special court, or committed to some form of out-of-home placement. However, the...


Keeping Families Healthy: West Virginia Earned Sick Days and Family Medical Leave

On July 24, 2014, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, West Virginia FREE and the Service Employees International Union presented "Keeping Families Healthy: West Virginia Earned Sick Days and Family Medical Leave" at the Our Children Our Future Policy Workshop in Hurricane, WV. View the full presentation.Everybody Needs...

Restoring Budget Cuts Will Help More Children and Families

  On March 23, Governor Tomblin used his line-item veto power to cut several early childhood and domestic violence programs from the FY2015 budget passed by the legislature. This included over $1 million in cuts to In-Home Family Education, Family Resource Networks and Starting Points Family Resource Centers, Child Advocacy...

Low-Income West Virginians Face Food Assistance Cut in November

350,000 low-income people in West Virginia will see their food assistance cut when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) expires November 1, new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show. SNAP benefits will average only about $1.40 per person...

Child Poverty in West Virginia: A Growing and Persistent Problem

  On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) report, this new report revisits many of the same measures of well-being that ARC researchers examined a half-century ago. This analysis, however, focuses its attention on West Virginia, the one state that exists entirely within the...

Afterschool Programs in West Virginia - Improving the Lives of the State's Children

  West Virginia’s children are struggling to attend school, develop healthy lifestyles, and receive their high school diploma. During the 2011/2012 school year, one in three students in West Virginia had at least five unexcused absences from school. Truant children often fall behind their peers, perform worse in school, and are more likely...

Reducing Child Care Assistance - The Impact on West Virginia's Low-Income Working Families

  Every day in West Virginia, thousands of low-income families rely on public child care assistance. In 2011, the West Virginia Child Care Program – which is funded primarily through the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and state matching funds – provided financial assistance to...

Save Up, Not Spend Down: Eliminating the Asset Test for Families in Medicaid and TANF

It's time to eliminate the asset test for Medicaid and TANF. Right now low-income West Virginians are required to spend down their assets like retirement accounts before they can qualify for financial assistance like Medicaid. Families are depleting resources that could help in the long-term so they can qualify for...

State Tax Credit Would Benefit Working Families

A state version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit would bolster the economic security of working families, according to a new report released February 17 by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and the Alliance for Sustainable Families. The state credit would impact an estimated 90,000 working...

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