Community gathers to memorialize children lost to violence

By RealWV staff, Every year on the 4th Friday in April, communities across the nation gather to remember children whose lives were lost to violence and abuse over the past year. The Lewisburg office of Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, in collaboration with numerous local partners, hosted a memorial yesterday in front of the […]

DHHR begins accepting child abuse reports via email

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV State law requires all those who work with children to report suspected child abuse for investigation. In the past, reports were made to local West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources offices directly. In the early 2000s, DHHR shifted to a centralized intake model. All reports of suspected child abuse […]

Lawsuit alleges child abuse was reported to DHHR, they took no action 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Publisher’s Note: The Real WV will provide in-depth reporting on the context of this legal case in the coming months. This article focuses on the most recent legal step, the filing of a civil suit against the DHHR by Raven Bumgarner.  Nearly two years to the day after the death of […]