Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 25, 2012 @ 6:46PM
Created on December 25, 2012 @ 12:59PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Children are dying from abuse and neglect at a higher rate in West Virginia than any other state.
Judges, social workers and others say the problem is fueled by rampant substance abuse, and it's likely to grow unless lawmakers and communities get serious about finding and funding solutions.
Experts say that without a strong statewide safety net of foster care, adoptive families, in-home services and community-based prevention and treatment programs for parents and children, abuse victims are likely to repeat what they have learned.
Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson worries the state is headed for what he calls a whole generation of lost souls.
Johnson says nearly 90 percent of the child-welfare cases he hears involve substance abuse, and West Virginia can't tackle one problem without tackling the other.
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Dec 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM
To ask people to foster or adopt these innocent children is ok, but if they are not educated in caring for these children it will be a mess. People can open their home and hearts to help, but without knowing how to care for them I feel will cause much confusion. Get educated first!