Children are at the heart of many of our educational, worship, and outreach ministries. We are privileged to watch them grow from infants to adults. We see both their triumphs and their struggles, and the triumphs and struggles of their families. As we walk with them in this journey, we remember the words of Jesus that “their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18: 10, NRSV) and “it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.” (Matthew 18: 14).
The Child Tax Credit expansion is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in recent years, providing families in need with $3,600 for every child in the household under the age of six and $3,000 for every child between the ages of six and 17 and supports 302,000 (84%) of West Virginia’s children. For many working families, the Child Tax Credit could be the difference between affording a critical medical expense, paying for an unexpected car repair, or being able to provide resources for childcare.
According to the U.S Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey, the Child Tax Credit has supported families and children by helping with food purchases (47% of spending), child care, and weekly expenses. Other data suggest that households receiving the Child Tax Credit were able to pay down debt.
The opportunity to substantially reduce child poverty comes but once or twice in a generation. The Urban Institute reports that the Child Tax Credit could result in a 40% reduction in child poverty.
Right now, Congress is considering extending the Child Tax Credit expansion. The Child Tax Credit expansion is helping West Virginian families to support their children. Preserving the expanded Child Tax Credit is necessary to keep thousands of children and their families from falling back into poverty.
To sign a petition supporting the expanded Child Tax Credit, please click here.
To sign a clergy, religious, or faith leader letter, please click here.
 U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey – https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2021/08/economic-hardship-declined-in-households-with-children-as-child-tax-credit-payments-arrived.html