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Improving Family Economic Security Reduces Child Maltreatment

Guest Post by Jamia “Mia” Crockett, Chief Executive Officer of Families Forward Virginia Families Forward Virginia, in partnership with the Division of Family Services at Virginia Department of Social Services…

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How Virginia Families Can Benefit from Proposed Tax Credits

Parents have faced numerous challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Child care closures made it more difficult to work. Employment uncertainty and illness made it more difficult to plan ahead….

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Intersectional Solutions to Increasing Food Access & Nutrition Security in Virginia

According to Feeding America, in Virginia, 799,620 people are facing hunger and 9.4 percent of the people in Virginia face food insecurity.  Of those, 214,270 are children. In 2019, Voices…

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Tax Credits Provide Essential Financial Relief to Working Families: Tell Lawmakers to Act

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis joins Voices for Virginia’s Children as a guest-contributor for this analysis of Virginia’s tax policy; edited for the Voices’ blog. While most parents dread…

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Bill Explainer: SB 56 – Foster Care Prevention Program (Senator Favola)

Senator Favola, Chair of the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, has introduced SB 56 to create a foster care prevention program in Virginia. The purpose of the program…

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2022 Youth Advocacy Cohort Application

Voices for Virginia’s Children is establishing a small cohort of youth advocates, comprised of young change makers, to join us for Advocacy Days at the General Assembly in January 2022….

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Building Back Better for Kids and Families- Update 11.5.21

As Congress is poised to act on the social infrastructure agenda known as Build Back Better, we wanted to give a better sense of the transformational impact this legislation will…

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Targeted Outreach to Latino Families: What Else Should Virginia Do?

Frequently, our job as advocates does not end when a policy passes the General Assembly. We need to know more detail about how the policy is reaching its intended goals…

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Share Your Story: Back to School

As children across Virginia head back to school, many families are feeling uncertain. Lawmakers have taken steps to expand access to child care, to increase food benefits and offer free…

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Tax Credits Could Fall Short: Non-Filers Experience Barriers When Filing 

The American Rescue Plan Act, passed in March 2021, was the third federal relief package for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to direct aid to states and municipalities, the act…

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