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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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Child Welfare in the House and Senate Budgets

In a year with extraordinary budgetary challenges, the House and Senate “money committees” released their recommended changes to the Governor’s proposed budget on February 10. In good news, they retained…

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Studying Workforce Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care

When looking at the numerous challenges that face youth aging out of foster care, workforce outcomes are a key issue, but one in which we have a limited understanding. We…

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Recap: Foster & Kinship Care Youth Advocacy Day

On January 27th, Voices hosted its second annual “Uplifting Young Voices: Foster & Kinship Care Youth Advocacy Day”. Due to the pandemic, we shifted our efforts to meet the virtual…

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Take Action: Declare Racism As A Public Health Crisis in VA

Update: Passed by the House and now headed to the Senate next. Delegate Lashrecse Aird has introduced House Joint Resolution No. 537, a resolution to declare racism as a public…

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Organizational Sign-On: Support a Permanent Children’s Cabinet

The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet has been an incredibly useful method to support interagency collaboration and prioritize children’s issues. In the last two Governor’s Administrations the Children’s Cabinet has tackled plans…

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2021 General Assembly Session: Foster Care Priorities

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

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Make Children a Priority with a Permanent Children’s Cabinet

Right now, the most frequent question we are asked at Voices is, “So, how ARE children being impacted by this pandemic?” The most honest answer is that only time will…

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Child Welfare: 2020 Special Session Update

The pandemic has created more challenges in day-to-day activities for foster and kinship caregivers, as well as child welfare professionals. Many children entering the foster care system have experienced adversity…

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