February 11, 2015

Children’s Mental Health, House and Senate Budget Items

This past Sunday, February 8th, the House and Senate money committees released their budgets. The great news is that both the House and Senate prioritized funding for children’s mental health services– a positive step in strengthening our mental health system … Continue reading

February 10, 2015

A Comparison of House and Senate Action on Child Care Safety

Both the House and Senate have acted on child care safety legislation and passed versions of their version of the bills on to the other body. We can celebrate that child care in Virginia will be safer going forward! However, … Continue reading

February 10, 2015

A Roller-coaster Ride Through the VPI Budget Amendments

Hold on to your seat because I’m about to take you on a wild ride through the proposed budget amendments related to the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). As VPI is a budget issue, policy changes for the program surface through … Continue reading

February 10, 2015

Update on Foster Care, Senate/House Budget Results

This year we find ourselves in a remarkably similar position to where we were last year, with regard to our advocacy around extending foster care supports and adoption assistance for older youth to age 21 (a state option under the … Continue reading

February 02, 2015

Close the child care safety loophole

Excuse me while I veer into “mom blog” territory but this topic is one where my personal life and professional life intersect. This past August I had my first child (Andy pictured above). Well before Andy arrived I was concerned … Continue reading

January 27, 2015

Take Action on Children’s Mental Health Budget Amendments!

Please TAKE ACTION HERE! Email your legislators to let them know this funding is important to you. In the 2015 General Assembly session, the Campaign for Children’s Mental Health (led by Voices for Virginia’s Children) is once again at the … Continue reading

January 23, 2015

Members’ Budget Amendments Related to Early Care & Education

Members’ Budget Amendments Related to Early Care and Education These amendments are introduced to adjust the Governor’s proposed budget. The House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees must decide whether or not to incorporate these amendments in the budget. Child Care … Continue reading

January 16, 2015

2015 Legislative Session: Foster Care, Adoption, Child Welfare

During this year’s legislative session, Voices is continuing our advocacy campaign to ensure that youth who “age out” of Virginia’s foster care system have adequate transition supports and services as they move into adulthood and self-sufficiency. We’ll be advocating for … Continue reading

January 16, 2015

2015 Session- Early Care and Education Bills

The legislature will consider many significant bills regarding our early care and education system. During this year’s “short session” many of these bills will move at a dizzying pace. We will attempt to keep this space updated so that you … Continue reading

January 06, 2015

FAMIS: A Success Story That’s in Jeopardy

***UPDATE*** 1/6/15    Sign on letter for organizations supporting extension of funding for FAMIS FAMIS, the public health insurance program for low-income families, along with Medicaid, has helped reduce the number of uninsured children in Virginia by 24% from 2008 to … Continue reading