- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is starting a federal pilot program to provide in-home care for at-risk kids in 14 counties.

The state Bureau for Children and Families will launch the Safe at Home West Virginia program. The services aim to increase the number of kids in permanent homes and help children in homes and communities. It also seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect, while keeping children from heading back into foster care.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the program in a news release Wednesday.

The 14 counties involved are Berkeley, Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Morgan, Putnam, Roane and Wayne.

The program is directed toward children 12 to 17 years old.

West Virginia is one of 10 states with a federal waiver for the program.

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