By WV News Staff, West Virginia's News, February 3, 2020
Democratic members of both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature on Monday held a press conference to unveil their plan to help children in the state suffering from a variety of negative circumstances.
The plan involves prioritizing children who are coping with poverty, drug abuse, parental separation and neglect — collectively referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, according to a press release issued following the press conference.
“West Virginia children are in crisis with 25% living in poverty, 10,522 students are homeless, 6,500 children are in foster or kinship care, and we have the highest rate in the nation of babies born dependent on drugs,” said Sen. Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier. “Our kids come first to West Virginians, as parents, grandparents, as legislators, those are our values; unfortunately vulnerable children are not the first priority in Charleston.”