A little more than $1 Million, that's how much was cut from early childhood and domestic violence programs in West Virginia. To some of you that might just be another number. Well, here's a few more. 80 - that's how many jobs would be lost. And no less than 25- that's how many children that need the help wouldn't get it just in Monongalia County.
"We're looking at probably losing about $10,000 and that's on top of cuts that we've had year after year for five years and that's because of expansions of Child Advocacy Centers in the state," said Dr. Laura Capage, the Executive Director at the Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center. "Each year we're trying to find ways to fund our services, the ever increasing demand for our services."
In March Governor Tomblin used his line-tem veto power to make these cuts.
This is becoming a bipartisan issue. Both parties are coming together to ask the governor to restore the budget cuts to all the early childhood and domestic violence programs.
"If these types of centers give us the opportunity to get to those children early, to prevent them from ending up in our criminal justice system, that helps support the parents, keeps them employed, keep the parents on track, then we have a much greater chance of changing that child's future," said Delegate Amanda Pason, (R) - 51st District.
'Our Children Our Future' The campaign to end child poverty says that Childhood Advocacy Centers in West Virginia saved Child Protective Services and law enforcement a little more than $2.6 Million, last year alone.
"These are the types of services that save costs down the road. Not only does it immediately help kids who are hurting, which I think it's very important, it's important that we protect our most vulnerable citizens and make sure that they have access to our services," said Capage. "The reason they need our services has nothing to do with anything that they've done and I think it's so important that we support them as a community."
The Child Advocacy hosted it's annual Girls Night Out on Friday night. This is just another way the center gets money to help children in need, other than government funding.