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2018 Legislative Session: Advocating for Kids in Foster Care (Updated 02/15/2018)

In 2017, Voices successfully advocated for continued funding of Fostering Futures, despite a $16 million budget shortfall. In addition, we helped pass legislation that improved mutual family home assessments, provided…

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VCU Social Work Students Speak Up for Kids During 2018 Lobby Day

Nearly 100 students from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work spoke up for kids’ issues during the Social Work Advocacy Day on Feb. 7, 2018. Voices helped kick off…

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Progress Report: Substance Affected Infants

During the 2017 General Assembly, legislators heard for the first time about the impact of the opioid epidemic on families. The term substance-exposed infant, or substance-affected infant, was introduced to…

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Kinship Care Advocacy Day

Carl Price recalled lying in bed at age 14 thinking he was going to die. “Dying from the cancer was my way out, my exit strategy,” he said. He thought…

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The “Old” Governor’s Budget for a New Assembly

Virginia is unique among states in prohibiting our governor from serving consecutive terms. We are also unique in that the outgoing governor presents a two-year budget blueprint for the new…

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Budget Hearings: A Lesson in Civic Engagement

Yesterday’s chilly temperatures failed to deter a large number of Virginians from attending the General Assembly budget hearings in Richmond, Radford, Sterling, and Virginia Beach. In Richmond alone, more than…

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Promoting Better Outcomes for Kids in Foster Care

Voices has long championed public policies that improve outcomes for children in Virginia’s foster care system. For example, in 2015 we launched Fostering Health VA, a website that walks youth…

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Join us in Richmond for a Screening of “Resilience” 12/4!

Our partners at Greater Richmond SCAN will host a screening of the documentary “Resilience” from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4,  at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond. This short documentary covers…

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Alumnae of Foster Care Speak Out

Two alumnae of foster care shared their suggestions for Virginia’s foster care system with state legislators on Wednesday during a meeting of the Commission on Youth (COY), a bipartisan group…

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Troubling Times Call for Advocates to Step Up: Focus on Childhood Trauma

For us as children’s advocates it’s been a rough year. We’ve encountered challenges to children’s policy at the federal level, such as threats to children’s health insurance coverage. Our heads…

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