On any given day, there are approximately 3,000 children in out-of-home
care in West Virginia. More than 400 children are living in out-f-state
care settings, away from their families and their communities. This
is costly for West Virginia both in human and financial terms. The
Alliance for Children and many other groups representing business,
child advocates and faith organizations, are proposing that we take
a bold step in the right direction by making better investments
in West Virginias economic present and future.
For more information about Worth Our Care, click
Youth Foster Care Handbook
In recent focus group discussion with youth in the foster care system,
it became clear that many of them had experienced confusion, fear,
frustration and a lack of information about the system. In response,
a youth editorial board was formed to develop West Virginias
first handbook for youth in care. Whats Next?: Navigating
the Foster Care System in West Virginia addresses issues and questions
of concern to help youth better understand the system. It is available
in printed format and online, thanks to support from business partners
Progress Energy and Dominion Resources.
Click here to go to the Whats Next website
White Paper and Workgroup
The Alliance for Children is leading an effort to improve the quality
and consistency of the education services for children in West Virginia's
foster care system! This includes addressing such barriers as delays
in enrollment, difficulties accessing appropriate educational services,
professional teaching standards and obstacles to developing and
operating educational programs to meet the needs of children in
read the position paper, "The Education of Children in Out-of-Home
Care", click here.
Childrens Memorial Flag Day
In 1998 the Child Welfare League of America launched a campaign
to attract attention to the tragedy of violent child deaths as part
of a national initiative to reduce child mortality. The centerpiece
is a red flag depicting blue paper doll-like figures of children
holding hands. The white chalk outline of a missing child in the
center represents the thousands of children lost to violence. The
flag is flown across the country on the fourth Friday in April.
The Alliance for Children and its members support the Childrens
Memorial Flag Day initiative throughout West Virginia. In 2005,
the Children's Memorial Flag was flown in all of West Virginia's
55 counties on April 22. Most of the counties held ceremonies, candlelight
vigils, information fairs and recognition dinners for child advocates.
Governor Joe Manchin arranged to fly the flag at the state capitol
here to go to the CWLA website.