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Spotlighting West Virginia’s Foster Care Crisis


Over the weekend, a horrific fire in Clay County claimed the lives of four foster children. It's put an intense and more immediate spotlight on a child welfare system in crisis. Lawmakers have been working throughout interim sessions on addressing the significant needs of the state's foster care system, and now they bring that work into the regular session.

Assistant News Director Glynis Board brings us a story exploring the complexity of the foster care issue.

House Majority Leader and Vice Chair of the House Health and Human Resources Committee, Del. Amy Summers, R-Taylor, and Jeremiah Samples, Deputy Secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services join host Suzanne Higgins for a deeper discussion on the struggles and needs of the state’s foster care system.


Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich and Digital Reporter Shayla Klein also bring us an update on the latest from the Capitol and on social media.

On Tuesday’s episode of “The Legislature Today,” we’ll bring you an in-depth look at West Virginia’s medical marijuana law and the issue of recreational marijuana use. Then joining us on set will be Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and Education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media from Shepherd University in 2014. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV