This is Owomide Adeyemi; I am back again my the third and final installment of the TGKVF project. Last year the project I worked on was “Where Do the Kids Go?” which focused on identifying the provider types within the foster care system where children/youths of WV are placed, both in-state and out-of-state. We were able to identify 15 total agency provider types within the state of WV and in neighboring states such as Pittsburgh and observe the placement trend of the children within these provider types between the years 2015 and 2021.
This new project aims to evaluate and document the services and programs available in six-county areas within the state (Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, & Putnam) that are geared towards addressing the needs of the children/youth of WV that have been affected by the ongoing drug crisis. By identifying these services and creating an accessible resource that visually displays information of the services available in the counties, members of the community will utilize these resources as their needs arise.
Our goal is to make service areas clear to “end users,” or community members. None of us has undertaken a project quite like this, but we think it will be a rewarding experience for all of us. Stay tuned.
Owomide Adeyemi is a West Virginia University Masters of Public Health candidate and has been working with Think Kids on the project, “Addressing the Needs of Children Affected by the Drug Crisis.”