Blog Category: Child Welfare

A Comparative Analysis of House and Senate Proposed Budgets for Child Welfare: A Closer Look at Key Allocations

As Virginia grapples with the multifaceted challenges of child welfare, members of the money committees play a crucial role in shaping policies and providing funding to support vulnerable children and…

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Motherhood: A Journey in Advocacy

Becoming a mother almost six years ago was a transformative experience that reshaped my worldview in profound ways. As I navigate the complexities of raising my children, I’ve discovered invaluable…

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Recap: Foster Care Caucus Meeting & Advocacy Day

The Foster Care Caucus, co-chaired by Senator Monty Mason and Delegate Emily Brewer, held its first meeting of the legislative session on January 31. The caucus meeting is an opportunity…

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Bill Explainer: Foster Care Prevention Program, SB 923 (Sen. Favola)

Senator Favola, Chair of the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, has reintroduced a bill to create a Foster Care Prevention Program after it fell short during the 2022…

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General Assembly 2022: Child Welfare Wrap-Up

The Foster Care system has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last two years foster families have experienced greater financial stress, fewer foster parents have become trained,…

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Guest Blog: Keys to Destination for Youth in Foster Care

This is a guest blog post written for Voices for Virginia’s Children by Susan Hoover (pictured below). Recall the day you obtained your driver’s license. Perhaps one of your parents…

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Bill Explainer: SB 56 – Foster Care Prevention Program (Senator Favola)

Senator Favola, Chair of the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, has introduced SB 56 to create a foster care prevention program in Virginia. The purpose of the program…

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2022 Youth Advocacy Cohort Application

Voices for Virginia’s Children is establishing a small cohort of youth advocates, comprised of young change makers, to join us for Advocacy Days at the General Assembly in January 2022….

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2021 GA Session: Conference Budget Report

The 2021 General Assembly is coming to a close with good news for children and families. While the last year has produced tremendous disruptions and up and downs for families,…

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2021 Legislative Session: Advocating for Kids in Child Welfare (Updated 2/26/2021)

In the 2020 legislative session, a number of key advancements were made for children and families in foster care, however these investments were almost all put on hold due to…

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