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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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Changing the Lens- Trauma-informed Approaches in State Policy

Research shows that chronic, severe stressors in childhood can cause biological responses that are toxic and traumatic to the developing brain and can have long-term consequences for health and wellness….

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The Impact of Sharing Stories and How You Can Too

On January 4th members of the Virginia legislature convened four budget hearings around the State to hear requests from their Constituents. Sophia Booker, a former foster youth and Voices newest…

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View Recording- Child Advocates’ Webinar & Rally- 12.20.16

If you were not able to join us for our child advocates’ webinar and rally on Tuesday, December 20th you can view or listen to a recorded version here. You…

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