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Building a Bridge for Youth in Foster Care to Higher Education

For the nearly 500 youth who age out of Virginia’ Foster Care system, only 2% of them will graduate with a degree from a four year university. In fact, currently…

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2019 Legislative Session: Advocating For Kids In Foster Care (UPDATED: Feb 15th)

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 Trauma-Informed VA: Progress Update!

We are now past the halfway point of the 2019 legislative session. We are pleased to report progress on our Unified Agenda for the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia. On…

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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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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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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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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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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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