KIDS COUNT Ambassadors

An Ambassador is a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity. In order for WV KIDS COUNT to have a meaningful statewide presence, local champions of children who believe in WV KIDS COUNT’s mission are critical to our success, read more about us .

KIDS COUNT Ambassadors do the following:

  • Share Data
    • Participate in the release of National and State KIDS COUNT Data Books
    • Host an informational session on where the data comes from and how to use it to
      help kids
  • Build Partnerships
    • Distribute WV KIDS COUNT Issue Briefs
    • Serve as liaison to local media
  • Communicate Hope
    • Host a Role Modeling Party
    • Get local businesses or organizations involved by having them
      donate dress socks, notepads, neck ties, scarves, etc.provided by simpletradesman
    • Host a Grandparents Bedtime Routine Pajama Party

The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia is a private, non-profit child welfare organization consisting of employees, foster families, adoptive families, volunteers, Board members, Directors Emeriti, advisory council members, donors, benefactors, supporters, and friends.  The Society is licensed to provide child welfare and behavioral health services in West Virginia.

Located in the heart of southern Appalachia, Community Connections, Inc. is a private, non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of children and families on a local, regional, and statewide level. Founded in 1990 as an outgrowth of the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families, the agency has continued to expand its mission for the development of community-driven initiatives that promote strong, healthy lifestyles.

Crittenton Services Inc. provides a continuum of behavioral health services for West Virginian’s with residential care for girls 12-21 and outpatient, community-based care in 28 counties. Crittenton is the only licensed residential program for pregnant and parenting girls in West Virginia.

A nonprofit born from the response to the floods in southern West Virginia in 2016, GRaCE’s reach has grown expeditiously in a short amount of time impacting thousands. Currently, the following programs fall within her umbrella: In Pursuit of Happiness, West Virginia Recovery Coach Academy, West Virginia Recovery Coach Association, Blue Ridge Recovery Resource Center and Carpenter’s Apprentice.

The E. A. Hawse Health Centers are a non-profit, federally qualified health centers located in Baker, Mathias, Moorefield and Petersburg, West Virginia. The founding of its commitment is to meet the healthcare needs of people throughout the region. Today, they operate 12 sites in their service area with medical facilities.

WVU Medicine Children’s is the state’s largest group of primary care and specialty care physicians and surgeons dedicated to the care of children and adolescents. They are the only hospital in West Virginia with a pediatric cardiac surgery program and the only epilepsy monitoring unit in the state equipped to serve children.

WVU Medicine Children’s creates an environment that promotes healthy development, provides reassurance and comfort, fosters healing, and enables our young patients to maintain a primary focus on their lives as children and students rather than on their disease or impairment.

West Virginia’s Adolescent Health Initiative is a project developed and coordinated by the Infant, Child and Adolescent Division, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, Bureau for Public Health, Department of Health and Human Resources. They promote optimal physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual well-being for children and youth throughout West Virginia. Its mission is to support community collaborative efforts designed to develop the assets youth need to thrive and become successful across the State of West Virginia.

WV Local Health Inc., is a nonprofit organization that supports and provides TA and leadership to 48 local health departments in West Virginia.