How West Virginia's Child Protective Services Become So Dysfunctional, and What We Can do About It

39m | Oct 30, 2023

On this Heard Tell Good Talks our guest is Kelli Caseman, Executive Director of Think Kids West Virginia, to talk about the long-running issues of the West Virginia CPS that started long before the recent headlines of shocking abuse cases, backlogs of neglect cases, and fights over manning and funding. Kelli and host Andrew talks about the underlying issues of the opioid epidemic and poverty, how issues in the CPS system adversely affects the school system and vice-versa, how "the system" is still people even when dysfunctional and overwhelmed, and how agencies fighting over funding end up with them at cross purposes when they should be working together. Kelli also talks about some possible solutions, the need for accountability in the whole of state government, and how everyone can make a difference with something as simple as mindful social media advocacy.

All that and more on this episode of Heard Tell.


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