After reading the article about Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, I was reminded yet again of the harsh reality of child poverty in West Virginia.
According to the Children's Defense Fund, as of January, 95,744 children in West Virginia were suggested to be below the poverty line. One in four children, at 25.5 percent, are impacted.
Child poverty impacts many different areas of life - education, medical access, transportation, even reaching those families impacted by abuse and neglect.
As a community, we have a unique opportunity to step in and provide for these children.
Part of this opportunity is to advocate on the behalf of children through organizations like Court Appointed Special Advocates, a non-profit organization that desires for every child in abuse-neglect proceedings to receive a permanent residence.
The organization mainly relies on volunteers to advocate for children in court cases, so the children will receive the services they need to maintain safe and permanent homes.
Through organizations like this, we are able to take a stand against poverty and abuse to help promote a society that takes care of those that are vulnerable.
Thank you for presenting such a difficult social issue.
Ballentine is volunteer coordinator for Western Regional CASA, serving Kanawha, Lincoln and Boone counties. She may be reached at 343-9711 or sstan...@teamwv.org.