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Blog Archive: January 2019

Foster Their Destination: Removing Barriers for Youth in Foster Care to Obtain A Driver’s License

Learning to drive in the teen years is a rite of passage to young adulthood for millions of youth. It brings new levels of independence and opportunities, enabling young people…

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What is Deep Poverty, Anyway?

Children live in poverty when they live in a family whose income is at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level. For a family of 4 in 2017 (the…

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Children’s Mental Health: Review of Budget Amendments

Like the Governor, one of the primary responsibilities of the General Assembly is to craft the state budget. Last week, members from the House and Senate purposed budget amendments to the Governor’s…

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Foster Care Advocacy Day — A Split-Second Decision

It was a bitterly cold MLK Day, January 21, 2019, when hundreds of people bundled up, braving the elements to have just a few minutes with their legislator to make…

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Financial Assistance for Kinship Families

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) currently serves two types of families—low-income working families with children who participate in the VIEW program, and kinship caregivers who are providing for children…

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Jan. 30th- “I am #TraumaInformedVA” Virtual Advocacy Day

We are excited to have many advocates joining us at the Capitol for our Campaign for Trauma-Informed Virginia Advocacy Day on January 30th! Yet we know many supporters cannot travel…

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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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Campaign for a Trauma-Informed VA: School Resource Officers (Updated 1/31)

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 Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience waiting list

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