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As of October 1, 2015, DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families (BCF) is working to reduce the high number of children placed in residential placements with a demonstration program called Safe at Home West Virginia, which will initially serve 12-17 year olds in 11 counties. The program provides West Virginia youth and their families the opportunity for safe, successful and healthy lives by providing wraparound services to children, family members, caregivers and foster parents to support them in developing and maintaining a stable and loving environment.
Staff across the state are excited about this new initiative and are working to promote the wraparound process that will guide Safe at Home West Virginia. The Kanawha County DHHR office recently developed two bulletin boards featuring the 10 principles of the wraparound process, one in the customer lobby and one in the social services hallway.
“We want to emphasize the importance of Safe at Home and the wraparound model with our staff, community partners and customers,” said BCF Community Services Manager Amy Lawson Booth. “Thanks to MaryBeth Thaxton for her work in creating these great educational tools which align with the ongoing efforts to spread the word about this demonstration project.”
Phase one of Safe at Home West Virginia launched in Berkeley, Boone, Cabell, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Morgan, Putnam and Wayne counties. The long-term goal is to serve all children in the state’s 55 counties over the course of the next two years. Visit www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/safe/ to learn more.
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