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Blog Category: Juvenile Justice

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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We Believe in Second Chances for Youth

By: Sophia Booker According to the Kids Count Data in 2013, Virginia had 1,563 youth residing in Juvenile Detention, Correctional and/ or residential facilities. Youth involved in the juvenile justice…

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2017 Legislative Session Wrap-Up: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline

Updated February 27, 2017 Virginia is the worst in the nation for referring students to law enforcement. During the 2014-15 school year, Virginia public schools issued over 126,000 out-of-school suspensions…

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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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Transforming the Juvenile Justice System 2017 Legislative Session (Updated 1/27)

Updated: January 27, 2017 We believe the current juvenile justice system’s use of large juvenile prisons does not make our communities safer or rehabilitate our youth, and the current system…

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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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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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Voices from the Capitol- Gov. McAuliffe’s FY18 Budget

Faced with a $1.5 million shortfall, we have been bracing ourselves for cuts to our investments in kids and our progress. Fortunately, Governor McAuliffe’s budget spares children and families from…

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