(a) The Children's Fund, created for the sole purpose of awarding grants, loans and loan guarantees for child abuse and neglect prevention activities by enactment of chapter twenty-seven, Acts of the Legislature, 1984, as last amended and reenacted by chapter one hundred fifty-nine, Acts of the Legislature, 1999, is hereby continued and renamed the West Virginia Children's Trust Fund: Provided, That upon the effective date of the enactment of this section during the second extraordinary session of the 2007 Legislature, the fund shall be administered by the Commissioner of the Bureau for Children and Families. Gifts, bequests or donations for this purpose, in addition to appropriations to the fund, shall be deposited in the State Treasury in a special revenue account under the control of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources or his or her designee.
(b) Each state taxpayer may voluntarily contribute a portion of the taxpayer's state income tax refund to the Children's Trust Fund by designating the contribution on the state personal income tax return form. The bureau shall approve the wording of the designation on the income tax return form. The State Tax Commissioner shall determine by July 1, of each year the total amount designated pursuant to this subsection and shall report that amount to the State Treasurer, who shall credit that amount to the Children's Trust Fund.
(c) All interest accruing from investment of moneys in the Children's Trust Fund shall be credited to the fund. The Legislative Auditor shall conduct an audit of the fund at least every five fiscal years.
(d) Grants, loans and loan guarantees may be awarded from the Children's Trust Fund by the Commissioner of the Bureau for Children and Families for child abuse and neglect prevention activities.
(e) Upon the effective date of the enactment of this section, all employees, records, responsibilities, obligations, assets and property, of whatever kind and character, of the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families are hereby transferred to the Bureau for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Resources, including, but not limited to, all rights and obligations held by the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families under any grants, loans or loan guarantees previously awarded from the Children's Trust Fund.
(f) All orders, determinations, rules, permits, grants, contracts, certificates, licenses, waivers, bonds, authorizations and privileges which have been issued, made, granted or allowed to become effective by the Governor, by any state department or agency or official thereof, or by a court of competent jurisdiction, in the performance of functions which have been transferred to the Bureau for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Resources, and were in effect on the date the transfer occurred continue in effect, for the benefit of the department, according to their terms until modified, terminated, superseded, set aside or revoked in accordance with the law by the Governor, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources or other authorized official, a court of competent jurisdiction or by operation of law.
(1) Agreeing to a single governing entity;
(2) Agreeing to engage in activities to improve service systems for children and families within the community;
(3) Addressing a geographic area of a county or two or more contiguous counties;
(4) Having nonproviders, which include family representatives and other members who are not employees of publicly funded agencies, as the majority of the members of the governing body, and having family representatives as the majority of the nonproviders;
(5) Having representatives of local service agencies, including, but not limited to, the public health department, the behavioral health center, the local health and human resources agency and the county school district, on the governing body;
(6) Accepting principles consistent with the cabinet's mission as part of its philosophy.
(b) A family resource network may not provide direct services, which means to provide programs or services directly to children and families.
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