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Blog Category: Foster Care and Adoption

Foster Care 2019 Legislative Agenda & Talking Points

Foster care is a state-run program that provides temporary care for children who cannot live with their family of origin. Through this system, the local department of social services takes…

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JLARC Report on Foster Care Highlights Virginia’s Long Standing Failings in Foster Care

Virginia’s foster care system is #1 in the nation for keeping children with their biological families, therefore reducing the need for foster care. However, Virginia continues to rank 49th in…

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JUST RELEASED: Virginia is Making Gains for Transition-Age Youth in Foster Care, But Black Children Continue to be Overrepresented

Virginia has made great strides transitioning youth to adulthood with the creation of the Fostering Futures program in 2016. Fostering Futures is a program available to youth in foster care…

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Kathy Dial: Kinship Care Champion

Written by Cassie Price People eagerly shared their kinship care stories at an Aug. 1 meeting at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, Va. Kinship care refers to the…

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Share Your Story- Child Care, Foster Care, Trauma-informed, Health & Mental Health

As we prepare to speak up for kids at the Virginia General Assembly and in Washington we need help from you to share your story or the stories of families…

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Dillon Wild Learns Public Policy Best Practices During Voices’ Internship

Written by Cassie Price With a bang of his gavel, Chairman Emmett Hanger abruptly ended the May 29 Virginia Senate Finance Committee meeting, after declaring Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment…

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Kinship Care Listening Tour

Virginia is ranked 49th in the country for the number of children aging out of foster care without a permanent connection. Children who are unable to live with their family…

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Laurie Flynn, Tireless Advocate for Children’s Mental Health, Kids in Foster Care

Laurie Flynn had been the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for less than a month when her 17-year-old daughter attempted suicide in 1984. Her daughter…

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Family First Prevention Services Act Recorded Webinar and Call for Stories

The Family First Prevention Services Act reforms Title IV-E and Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, the federal child welfare financing streams that provide services to families at risk of entering…

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Trauma-informed Policy: Keeping Children and Families Together

We have been overwhelmed and heartbroken by the media coverage of children separated from their parents at border crossings. We echo the sentiments of the child welfare community, medical community,…

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