Child Advocacy Centers

  West Virginia's Children Advocacy Centers are seeing an increase in the number of children needing services.

A new report says the number of children served by the state's 20 centers increased by 14.6 percent to 3,294 during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.


Sgt. Ashley Snyder plays with her son and some of the other soldiers' children during the 363 Military Police annual Christmas party.  Sgt. Snyder will be deploying to Kosovo.
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More than $1.5 million has been awarded to child advocacy centers in West Virginia.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says the funds will go to 20 projects across the state. The money will assist local non-profit child advocacy centers in addressing child abuse and neglect.

1,000 Days
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Children's first three years, or roughly a thousand days, shape the rest of their lives.  It's the only time in their lives when their brains will develop so rapidly and be so moldable.  Between 80-85% of their brain architecture is formed, providing what they need later to do well in school, both cognitively and socially.  


Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers are joining community action groups in asking the governor to restore funding to what they call critical childhood and domestic violence programs across the state.

The cuts came after the 2014 legislative session in the form of a line item veto- one that took $1.06 million from in-home family education, domestic violence services and child advocacy centers.