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Public News Service - WV: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Medicaid is fifty years old, and research shows its positive effects on West Virginia children. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Medicaid is 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Renate Pore, director of health care policy for West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare, says 60 percent of the pregnancy care and birt

PHOTO: West Virginia social workers are hopeful about reforms to the state's juvenile justice system. They say new truancy rules and other public school efforts can help keep kids out of jail. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools have a key role in reducing the number of kids who end up in jail – and while social workers say preventing truancy is an excellent starting place, its only part of the picture. As the state works to reduce the number of juveniles in the criminal just

PHOTO: Childhood behavioral expert Jim Harris says if it seems as though your teen's brain works differently from yours, that's because it does, but understanding the differences can be a  big help. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Maybe your teen's brain doesn't work the same way yours does, but a West Virginia childhood behavioral expert says new research can help. Jim Harris, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports coordinator, Marshall University Autism Training Center, works to improve behavioral

PHOTO: Sen. Bill Laird of Fayette County, a former county sheriff, says cutting programs that help West Virginia families in crisis will cost the state more money in the long run. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Criminal justice officials are joining those who say West Virginia should restore $750,000 in cuts from programs for children and families. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut the funding for programs, including child advocacy, in-home family education and support for victims of do

GRAPHIC: Unlike most of the nation, teen pregnancy has not declined in West Virginia and is especially bad in some part of the state. Graphic by Kids Count West Virginia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Very preliminary results from pilot projects in Parkersburg and Martinsburg suggest hope for reducing teen pregnancy. Social worker Steve Tuck, chief executive of the Children's Home Society of West Virginia, said they imported a successful teen pregnancy prevention program from

Sen. Ron Stollings M.D., is lead sponsor of a bill to ensure insurance coverage for maternity care, in the cases of pregnant teen dependents of folks enrolled in public insurance programs. Photo courtesy of the WV State Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A bill working its way through the state Senate would help ensure maternity care for some pregnant teens, with the expectation that it would pay off in the long run. Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, a doctor who chairs the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee, is the lead spo

The Education Alliance mentors at risk youth.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The bad news is that West Virginia has a high rate of unemployed youth not in school. The good news is there are things that can be done about it. A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found close to a quarter of West Virginians between 16 and 24 are neither emplo

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - One big topic this week at the annual conference of the National Association of Social Workers West Virginia Chapter in Charleston is a discussion of ideas that could help both social work professionals and parents in dealing with children. A workshop by Jim Harris, a social work

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