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Blog Archive: January 2019

New data available!

Did you know there are over 200 indicators on child well-being in Virginia’s KIDS COUNT Data Center? As new data becomes available, Voices updates the Data Center so that the…

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2019 Legislative Session: Advocating For Kids In Foster Care

In 2018, Voices and our partners worked to raise awareness of issues children and their families encountered in foster care. We successfully helped pass the Kinship Guardianship Assistance program, which…

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Campaign for a Trauma-Informed VA: School Resource Officers

Currently, Virginia School Resource Officers (SROs) are not required to receive training in working with children and youth. We expect nearly anyone working daily with children to receive training on…

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History is Made: First-Ever Bipartisan Foster Care Caucus

  Legislators from both sides of the aisle gathered Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 to show their support for much-needed changes to Virginia’s foster care system. The newly created Foster Care…

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Virginia Mental Health Access Program: Expanding Mental Health Access for Children

While improving care for children and adults with mental health needs is a top priority in Virginia, our current behavioral health system does not meet the needs of children with…

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General Assembly Responds to JLARC report with Foster Care Omnibus Bill

At the end of 2018, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee released its year long study that examined the extent to which local departments follow requirements to ensure the…

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Big Ideas for Little Learners

Last year we called for some big ideas for early childhood education in Virginia. During the 2019 General Assembly session we are seeing those ideas take shape in the form…

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Virginia Complete Count Commission

It’s official! Our KIDS COUNT Director, Beth Nolan, is honored to be appointed to Governor Northam’s newly created Virginia Complete Count Commission. The advisory group will focus on an accurate…

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