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Crittenton Services President Looks to Change Grim Statistic

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For the the second year in a row, West Virginia ranks 37th in the nation in child well-being, according to the 2014 national 'Kids Count Data Book.'
The good news, one local woman is looking to change that.

Kathy Szafran, President and CEO of Crittenton Services, in Wheeling, has been selected as a new member of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows Network at Georgetown University. Szafran's project: 'Improving the Treatment of System Involved Girls with Complex Trauma,' focuses on the need for universal assessment of children in state care in West Virginia, specifically girls.

"More and more girls are entering the juvenile justice system as delinquent or truant, but the real issue is the amount of complex trauma they have experienced. Early assessment through the use of a universal tool like the WVCANS, can identify the cause of behaviors and direct trauma treatment, punishment is not the answer," said Szafran.

Szafran has more than 25 years of behavioral health experience and will be working with the Fellows Network to promote positive child and youth development.

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