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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, ‚ÄúSo, how ARE children being impacted by this pandemic?‚ÄĚ 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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Apply Now: Foster Care & Kinship Care Youth Virtual Advocacy Day!

Voices for Virginia‚Äôs Children is looking for 10-15 young people with lived experiences in Virginia‚Äôs foster care system and formal/informal kinship care to participate in ‚ÄúUplifting Young Voices: Foster and…

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2020 Special Session Budget Update: House and Senate Make Decisions to Support Kids & Families

On Friday, Sept. 25, the Virginia House and Senate announced their priorities to restore funding in the state budget for children and families experiencing economic hardship and emotional trauma. While…

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Lack of Investments for Child Welfare During Special Session

The coronavirus pandemic makes it even more challenging than the usual for day-to-day care given by¬† foster and kinship caregivers, and child welfare professionals. Many of these children have experienced…

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2020 Special Session Priorities

The last five months have been disruptive for children and families in Virginia. Children and parents are facing challenges, hardship and trauma that will impact them for a lifetime. Financial,…

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