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Weekend Fire Puts Spotlight on a Foster Care System in Crisis

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, during this past weekend, a horrific fire in Clay County claimed the lives of four foster children. It put the spotlight on a child welfare system in crisis. West Virginia lawmakers have been working throughout interim session to address the significant needs of the state's foster care system. Now, they bring that work into the regular state Legislative session. Glynis Board brings us a closer look at the crisis from the front lines.

Also on today’s show, in last night’s episode of The Legislature Today, host Suzanne Higgins spoke with House Majority Leader Amy Summers and the deputy secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services Jeremiah Samples about how lawmakers intend to combat the foster care crisis this session. Here’s an excerpt from that interview.

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