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Blog Category: Children’s Mental Health

2021 Legislative Session: Children’s Mental Health

The pandemic has greatly impacted children’s mental health and well-being and there will not be easy policy solutions. However, we are pleased to see the following measures moving forward during…

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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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Championing Systemic Change & Trauma-Informed Communities: Charmaine Carter

The author of this post has taken great lengths to ensure the subject matter is dealt with in a compassionate and respectful manner. The following describes experiences of childhood abuse…

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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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Campaign for a Trauma-Informed VA: Racial Truth & Reconciliation Social Media Toolkit

The VA General Assembly began January 13th. With a virtual session this year, traditionally advocacy is limited. Digital advocacy leverages technology to contact, inform, and mobilize a group of concerned…

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2021 General Assembly Session: Mental Health Priorities

Children’s mental health is facing a critical system change moment right now. There has never been a moment when mental health needs were more prevalent or more normalized. There are…

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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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2020 Special Session Mental Health & Health- The Impact on Children and Families

We know that children and families are experiencing a combination of symptoms related to the impact of the pandemic, including isolation, stress, anxiety. These symptoms are further exacerbated by time as the pandemic continues. We…

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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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