Partners in Community Outreach is requesting a $2 million increase in the state appropriation for In-Home Family Education, which includes $1 million for Family First Prevention Services.

The last state increase was in 2013.

Historically, In-Home Family Education/Home Visiting has had state and federal bi-partisan support.

It is more cost effective to provide primary prevention services such as In-Home Family Education than to wait for families to reach a crisis state and enter the child welfare system.

In 2013, the West Virginia Early Childhood Planning Task Force recommended that West Virginia “Phase in evidence-based home visiting programs in every county for families who are expecting or raising young children.” (

*NEW* Our Partners at A.B.L.E. Families MIHOW/PAT in Mingo County, along with Pediatrician Patricia Lally, D.O. and Jim McKay of Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia presented on In-Home Family Education/Home Visiting on December 9, 2021. Watch the presentation here.

For more information, please contact:

Michele Baranaskas

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Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia
Partners in Community Outreach West Virginia
Western Regional CASA
West Virginia Infant Toddler Mental Health Association
Mountain State Healthy Families