West Virginia MetroNews – A new report conducted by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy shows West Virginia places the most children in foster care compared to any state in the country, with four times as many kids in the system per capita as the United States as a whole.
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Kelly Allen, executive director of the center, said on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline” the issue has a lot to do with poor policy making.
“We withhold many supports until families are in crisis,” she said. “A lot of our policy making has been focused on supports that kids need once they’re in foster care and that’s really important, but we’re never going to stem the flow of kids into the foster care system until we extend the same supports to biological families.”
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