Spotlight on Child Poverty

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Three out of every ten West Virginia children are living in poverty.

So Saturday our community gathered, asking lawmakers for a stronger commitment towards change.

The "Our Children, Our Future" forum allows families to ask questions about this year's platform policy, addressing poverty issues across the Mountain State.

People relying on family resource centers raised their voice on the issues of minimum wage and funding for support programs.

Saturday's forum in Wood County is just one of sixteen across the state designed to fight child poverty.

"One of the budget cuts being proposed for 2015 addresses family resource centers and family resource networks," says Lisa Weaver, with the Children's Home Society of West Virginia. "I know how important this center is to families in Wood County. We provide a clothing closet and food pantry to many neighborhood residents as well as programs for children."

The forums are organized by a number of West Virginia family and children's groups.

Their goal is working with lawmakers towards providing solutions to the poverty problem.

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