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Join us in Richmond for a Screening of “Resilience” 12/4!

Our partners at Greater Richmond SCAN will host a screening of the documentary “Resilience” from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4,  at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond. This short documentary covers…

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Alumnae of Foster Care Speak Out

Two alumnae of foster care shared their suggestions for Virginia’s foster care system with state legislators on Wednesday during a meeting of the Commission on Youth (COY), a bipartisan group…

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Troubling Times Call for Advocates to Step Up: Focus on Childhood Trauma

For us as children’s advocates it’s been a rough year. We’ve encountered challenges to children’s policy at the federal level, such as threats to children’s health insurance coverage. Our heads…

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As Referrals to Juvenile Facilities Decrease, Referrals to Child Welfare Increase

Over the past few years, Virginia has been striving to reduce the number of children who enter the juvenile justice system. Juvenile and Domestic Relation court Judges are increasingly asking youth…

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What could a state-level effort addressing childhood trauma look like in Virginia?

Local and regional Trauma Informed Community Networks (TICNs) across Virginia are bringing partners together from local government, schools, and services providers to transform their approaches to working with children who…

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Experiencing Grief in Foster Care

By: Sophia Booker In April, I had the opportunity to experience Comfort Zone Camp for the first time. Comfort Zone Camp partnered with United Methodist Family Services to help foster youth…

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2017 Legislative Session Wrap Up: Advocating for Kids in Foster Care

Updated: February 27, 2017 In 2016, Voices successfully advocated for the inclusion of Fostering Futures in the budget. Fostering Futures supports youth who age out of Foster Care to age…

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No Cuts for Kids in the FY18 Budget

After learning of the budget shortfall, and discussion of some significant cuts, at the money committee retreats in the fall, we were pleased to see the House and Senate budget…

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Social Work Advocacy Day takes on School Discipline Reform & Foster Care

On February 9th, the National Association of Social Workers – Virginia Chapter hosted its annual Student Advocacy Day. More than 300 students and professional social workers from all across Virginia…

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Children and the Opioid Epidemic

Legislators from across the Commonwealth are recognizing the impact of the opioid epidemic in their communities. During the first week of Session Secretary Hazel presented on the impact of the…

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