Second lawmaker calls for investigation into DHHR’s handling of Sissonville abuse, neglect case 

BY: - November 28, 2023

Del. Mike Pushkin, lawmaker and chair of the state Democratic Party, called on the governor to launch “an immediate and thorough” investigation into how the state handled a child welfare case where two children were found living in a shed. A Republican lawmaker already made a similar appeal for additional scrutiny.  Public records, obtained by […]

State says no docs exist showing CPS responded to calls about Sissonville kids found locked in shed

BY: - November 28, 2023

Newly obtained documents show child protective services workers were told in August to promptly check on the children in Sissonville who were found last month living in a shed without access to running water or a toilet. However, the state health department doesn’t have travel documentation showing that CPS workers made contact with the children […]

Justice mum on latest foster care concerns as Republicans demand change in ‘broken system’

BY: - October 30, 2023

Lawyers in a sweeping class-action lawsuit, which alleges that West Virginia is failing kids in foster care, say the state health department deleted emails related to the case. The filing follows the department’s recent failure to turn over documents showing if Child Protective Services ever checked on children who were found locked in a shed.  […]

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Attorney: Public ‘entitled’ to know if CPS responded to calls about kids found locked in shed

BY: - October 12, 2023

The state agency overseeing Child Protective Services hasn’t shared records showing if it responded to neighbors’ calls about kids found living barefoot in a shed without running water, a bathroom, windows or beds.  On Oct. 2, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputies found two teenagers locked inside a 20-by-14 foot room in a shed in Sissonville, West […]