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About Us

Our mission is to champion public policies that improve the lives of Virginia’s children.

Founded in 1994, Voices for Virginia’s Children is the commonwealth’s only independent, multi-issue child policy and advocacy organization. We are home to the KIDS COUNT data center for Virginia, which includes more than 200 state- and locality-level indicators on child well-being over time. Using this data and our independent policy research, we determine unmet needs and threats to child well-being, recommend sound policy solutions, provide objective input to policymakers, and educate and mobilize leaders and concerned citizens to support policy initiatives.

We are particularly focused on children whose needs are often overlooked, concentrating our efforts on policies in the areas of early childhood, foster care and adoption, health and mental health, and family economic security.

The impact of our work is felt by children, youth, and families throughout Virginia.

We Make A Difference

  • Thousands of disadvantaged four-year-olds have access to pre-K, and legislative support for the Virginia Preschool Initiative has grown.
  • More children from low-income families have access to appropriate child care, allowing their parents to remain in the workforce and on the path to self-sufficiency.
  • Children and youth with serious mental health disorders have better access to treatment.
  • Thousands of children in foster care have a better chance to establish permanent family ties and transition to productive adulthood.

Voices proudly serves as the KIDS COUNT data center for the state of Virginia. We are also a member of the Partnership for America’s Children.


Voices is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Here is our most recent Form 990 (pdf).

Read Voices for Virginia’s children 2020-2022 Strategic Plan for an overview of our areas of strategic focus.

Read our 2021 Annual Report.