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Edgell Named To National Project On Foster Care

By Staff | Jul 6, 2011

Senator Larry Edgell

Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) has appointed Senator Larry Edgell (D-Wetzel) to serve as West Virginia’s representative on the National Governor’s Association’s (NGA) Three Branch Institute on Adolescents in Foster Care.

This initiative, made possible through a federal grant from the NGA, will focus on efforts to safely reduce the number of teenage children who are at risk for foster care placement.

Statistics show that youth who age out of foster care are more likely to continue involvement in the criminal justice system, have lower educational attainment, and dependency on the social welfare system.

“The placement rate for children nationwide, ages 13 and older, is higher when compared to other age groups,” says Kessler. “The NGA Three Branch institute will provide the state necessary resources and information in our efforts to safely reduce the number of teens in foster care.”

Senator Edgell, who represents the Second Senatorial District, is a lifelong educator who currently serves as chairman of the Senate’s Interim Select Committee on Children and Juveniles.

“I’m pleased to serve as West Virginia’s representative on this very important committee,” says Edgell. “An integrative and comprehensive approach is needed to decrease the number of older youth leaving care with no plan for permanency. I look forward to working toward an effective solution with members of the State’s executive, legislative and judicial branches”

West Virginia is one of six states selected to participate in the NGA Three Branch Institute project.