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State putting new focus on foster kids who age out

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- After returning nearly $1 million in unused federal funds over two budget years, child-welfare officials say they're changing the way they prepare West Virginia foster children for life on their own.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says a federal program aimed at helping kids who age out of the system was one of the few areas where funding had increased since 2009.

But Commissioner Doug Robinson says the Bureau for Children and Families didn't realize that.

Nor did officials realize they could use that money to help children long before they're on the brink of adulthood.

Robinson says that won't happen again.

DHHR returned $600,000 in unspent funds two years ago, but only $357,000 last year.

When the next deadline rolls around, Robinson doesn't expect to return any.

Read more in the Sunday Gazette-Mail.


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