Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies presented Representative David Wood with the Champion of Children Award at its conference in Springfield, Missouri, November 13. Representative Wood, a Missouri House member who serves Morgan and parts of Moniteau and Miller Counties, has truly championed the causes of Missouri’s most vulnerable children during his six years in office.
Representative Wood has improved Missouri’s safety net for children at risk of abuse or neglect, and has also helped built a springboard to success for those children already in Missouri’s foster care system. His legislative efforts include improving safety for children in childcare, Safe-Care Evaluations for newborn and infants, the Task Force for the Prevention of Infant Abuse and Neglect, and enhancing the Central Registry to include people convicted of additional violent crimes. Representative Wood has worked to provide opportunity for those in the foster care system by supporting the Reasonable and Prudent Parenting standards, allowing children and youth in foster care to participate in activities their non-foster care peers take for granted. Representative Wood understands that much like many youth return home for support after moving out on their own, a youth may also need to return to foster care to retool and regroup after leaving, and supported legislation that facilitated and clarified this process.
Representative Wood chairs the Subcommittee on Appropriations-Health, Mental Health and Social Services, and serves on several committees, including Budget, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Fiscal Review. In these very tight fiscal times, he is vigilant in his quest to make sure that Missouri takes care of its most vulnerable.
“No child ever chose to be abused. No child every chose to be poor … so if they’re in a bad situation it is our responsibility to do what we can to make that situation better.”
In addition to his legislative duties, Representative Wood has worked as a Telecom Administrator for Capital Region Medical Center. He taught mathematics and computer science in Versailles for 25 years and was also a Tech Coordinator. Representative Wood serves on the Board of Directors for Quality Industries, and currently resides in Versailles with his wife, Cheryl. They have two sons, Jonathan and Patrick and five grandchildren, Joanna, Logan, Grayson, Jacqueline, and Parker.
Thank you, Representative Wood, for being a champion for Missouri’s children!