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DoHS Bureau for Family Assistance, Division of Family Support
Difference Maker Conference 2024

The DoHS Bureau for Family Assistance, Division of Family Support recently hosted the Difference Maker Conference, on June 3-5, 2024 at Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, in Charleston, West Virginia. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grantees, prevention funded grantees, and Local Department of Human Services (DoHS) Community Services Managers met in groups and networked with each other. National speakers on fatherhood engagement and working with families in poverty also participated in this conference. The goal of the conference was to bridge the connections among the various grants so that we can all work together for better outcomes for West Virginia families.

DoHS’s Bureau for Family Assistance to Host 
Child Care and Development Block Grant Public Hearing


The West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS), Bureau for Family Assistance (BFA), Division of Early Care and Education will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Child Care and Development Block Grant State Plan​ for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2025 to 2027.

“Every child deserves a bright future, and it begins with access to high quality child care,” said Janie Cole, DoHS Bureau for Family Assistance Commissioner. “Your input is invaluable in shaping the future of West Virginia’s children as we strive to ensure every voice is heard in our mission to enhance child care services across the state.”

Public insight gathered from the meetings will help guide expenditures for the approximately $72 million received that provides support to improve the affordability, availability, and quality of child care services in West Virginia. Funding assists low-income families in covering the cost of child care, supports consumer education for selecting appropriate child care services, and provides key services such as referral, available resources, necessary training, and technical assistance to child care providers. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires public input as a condition of funding. The draft plan requirements are currently available for review at any child care resource and referral agency. A list of child care resource and referral agencies can be found here.

​The public hearing will be held virtually on May 30, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Once finalized, instructions for virtual hosting will be posted in the announcements section on BFA will also accept public co​mments via email to​ through June 23, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

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DoHS and WVDE Announce Launch of Summer EBT Program for West Virginians


The West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS), in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), today announced the launch of a new federal public benefit program to support school-age children residing in low-income households.

The West Virginia Summer EBT (WV-SEBT) program will provide short-term grocery benefit assistance to income-eligible households with school-age children during the summer months. The application period will open on April 22, 2024, and can be accessed at or by completing a paper application at a local DoHS county office.

“Ensuring every child has access to nutritious meals is a cornerstone of building strong, healthy communities,” said Janie Cole, DoHS Bureau for Family Assistance Commissioner. “The launch of the WV-SEBT program represents a crucial step forward in supporting our state’s residents by providing essential grocery assistance during the summer months, as we maintain our commitment to fostering a brighter future for West Virginia children.”

Unlike Pandemic EBT (PEBT), which ended when federal emergency orders expired, not all children that attend a school where all students eat for free will automatically receive the benefit. Children will be deemed eligible based upon their household’s low-income status. Eligible children include those attending a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program and residing in a low-income household that qualifies for free or reduced-price school meals.​

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DoHS Recognized for Innovative Voluntary SNAP Emplo​​​​yment & Training Partnership


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS), Bureau for Family Assistance (BFA) and Coalfield Development Corporation have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for their innovative partnership through BFA’s voluntary SNAP Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) program available to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.​

As part of its new More Than a Job campaign to promote SNAP E&T nationwide, the federal agency has released a video​ highlighting this uniquely West Virginian partnership. The video is designed to serve as a model for other states in how to effectively structure their own SNAP E&T programs.​

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.​

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.​

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​Did You Know?

Did you know that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education and Training (E&T) program has teamed up with Coalfield Development, Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley, Blenko Glass Company, and West Virginia Women Work to promote various career pathways?

The Bureau for Family Assistance (BFA) SNAP E&T Unit is currently working with partners Coalfield Development, Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley, Blenko Glass Company, and West Virginia Women Work to provide SNAP participants with contemporary career pathways and workforce skills training. These organizations work every day to ​facilitate learning, training, and employment opportunities for  SNAP E&T participants. They ensure that their training is relevant to each participant's needs so that, once a participant completes training, they may quickly find gainful employment and local businesses ​can have an effective workforce they need to operate and thrive in their communities.

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if you are interested in participating in SNAP E&T, please contact your local DoHS county office or DoHS Customer Service at 1-877-716-1212 and ask to be referred to SNAP E&T.​

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