Angie Hamilton recently met with Mr. George Hohmann, Editor for the Fayette Tribune, to discuss the Our Children, Our Future Symposium on Foster Care Reform.
Child poverty is at a high in West Virginia which was noticed by many government leaders. The leaders began to look at West Virginia’s at risk children and families in order to make changes to better support them. Senator John Unger led the WV Children Living in Poverty Campaign which led to the Our Children, Our Future Symposium. Pressley Ridge was asked to facilitate a session at the Symposium as a provider of services to at risk youth and families. “We decided our forum would focus on Foster Care Reform since it is a huge issue in WV and due to the lack of ‘true treatment foster care’ as well as intensive community-based services in this state. We believe it contributes to our children in out of state care numbers,” Angie Hamilton, Pressley Ridge Executive Director of Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia, said. She and Steve Tuck, CEO of Children’s Home Society, co-facilitated the session. More than 30 community stakeholders including Delegates and Senators were in the session.
You can read Mr. Hohmann’s article at the Fayette Tribune.