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Introduced Version Senate Resolution 49 History

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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 49

(By Senators Kessler (Mr. President), Stollings, Jenkins, Yost, Fitzsimmons, Wells, McCabe, D. Hall, Prezioso, Cookman and Plymale)

 

Designating March 28, 2013, as "West Virginia Kids at Risk Day" at the Legislature.

    Whereas, The State of West Virginia and the West Virginia Child Care Association (WVCCA) have some of the best child welfare professionals and agencies in the country; and

Whereas, These child welfare professionals and agencies have dedicated their time to making life better for West Virginia’s children who are at risk; and

Whereas, These West Virginia professionals and agencies have a compassion that never ends, a hope for a better tomorrow and a dedication to their efforts through the long haul; and

Whereas, These West Virginia professionals and agencies work with West Virginia’s child welfare stakeholders to eliminate policy barriers and day-to-day practices that reduce the effective utilization of in-state resources; and

Whereas, Our state’s child welfare professionals and agencies do everything possible to provide opportunities for West Virginia’s kids at risk to receive care in West Virginia, where they can remain in their communities, with their families and connected to their support systems; and

Whereas, These professionals and agencies are regulated by the State of West Virginia through legislation and by oversight of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and Department of Education; and

Whereas, Our state’s stringent licensing requirements and standards of care ensure that children at risk in West Virginia are receiving the best quality of care; and

Whereas, By using West Virginian child welfare professionals and agencies our state is doing what is best for West Virginia’s kids at risk and their families; and

Whereas, These West Virginia child care professionals and agencies advocate for and deliver services and support to provide for the safety, well being and opportunity for kids at risk to achieve their hopes and dreams; and

Whereas, These professionals and agencies provide family- driven, youth-guided, culturally competent and trauma-informed care for the citizens of West Virginia; and

Whereas, The West Virginia professionals, who care for the at- risk children in our state, and the organizations that exist to impact the lives of these children and their families, provide quality care in the kids’ and families’ communities; and

Whereas, This quality care is provided in a variety of settings, including community agencies, hospitals, residential group homes, foster families, emergency shelters and community and educational institutions, and seeks to provide resources and guidance that promotes the safety, well being and permanency of West Virginia’s at-risk kids; and

Whereas, West Virginia’s child welfare providers dedicate themselves to excellence in their profession through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development; and

Whereas, The Senate recognizes and appreciates the outstanding dedication, devotion and care of West Virginia’s child welfare professionals and agencies, and of the West Virginia Child Care Association, all for their caring and commitment and for making a difference in the lives of at-risk children in the State of West Virginia, their families and communities; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate hereby designates March 28, 2013, as "West Virginia Kids at Risk Day" at the Legislature; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate officials representing the West Virginia Child Care Association.

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