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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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Voices Executive Director to Serve on Northam’s Transition Team

Voices for Virginia’s Children celebrates the appointment of our executive director, Margaret Nimmo Holland, to Gov.-elect Ralph Northam’s bipartisan transition team. Northam tapped three other community leaders with connections to…

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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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Recap: Gubernatorial Candidate Forum 9/8/17

During the busy Labor Day week of campaign events, gubernatorial candidates Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam took time to talk about critical issues facing Virginia’s families. Close to 200 voters…

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Ask the Candidates for Governor Challenge: A Crowdsourced Contest (Updated 8/29)

With the Presidential election in our rear view mirrors, Virginia politics has begun to heat up. In November, Virginia will elect a new Governor.  Youth want to know where candidates stand on issues that impact…

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Medicaid is an important lifeline for kids and families in rural Virginia

Medicaid provides an important lifeline in Virginia, especially for children and families in our small towns and rural communities. It helps deliver critical access to health coverage, while protecting families…

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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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Ensure that all young children can learn, grow, and thrive in safe child care– Support the Governor’s Amendments to SB1239

If you recall from my last post, there was still some uncertainty about the meaning and interpretation of Sen. Hanger’s SB1239, improving safety in license-exempt child care. Because of this uncertainty,…

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2017 Legislative Session Wrap-Up: Child Care Safety Still Unclear

Building off efforts from previous years to improve child care safety and protect all children in care the Virginia legislature considered two measures in 2017 to improve child care safety….

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