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2019 Year of the Child Day at the Capitol

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Capitol Complex- Culture Center

1900 Kanawha Blvd East

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Charleston, WV 25305

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A generation of West Virginia's kids is drowning in the devastating effects of the opioid crisis. Many have no permanent place to call home, no permanent person to call a parent, and no plan to get back on their feet. They float between government systems that they rely on for care -- like schools, or foster care, or child welfare. These systems haven't adapted to the overwhelming needs caused by the epidemic. A growing number of kids are homeless, living in extended families, in foster care, and in residential facilities. Some even live in WVDHHR offices and hotels. And our state and communities-- ill-prepared for this tsunami of need-- are scrambling to care for them.

What kind of childhood is this? Who do we expect these children to become?

The "Year of the Child" campaign is a year-long event, created to form a critical mass of West Virginians who will help steer these children towards safer shores and healthier outcomes. This year, we advocate for change. We hope you'll join us.

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Capitol Complex- Culture Center

1900 Kanawha Blvd East

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Charleston, WV 25305

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