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Stabilize Child Care with the CARES Act Stimulus

As COVID-19 continues to present challenges to the child care community, we are looking for ways tht  policymakers can respond. On March 27th, Congress included $3.5 billion in additional resources…

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act In Your Community

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27th to create a $2 trillion economic stimulus efforts for business, health care, communities, and families. Implementing the CARES Act will…

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Easing Families’ Financial Burdens through Federal Response to COVID-19

On March 18, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides relief to health care systems, additional paid sick leave, family leave and unemployment benefits.   On March 26,…

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COVID 19 – Virginia Foster Care Policy Recommendations

The Foster Care Policy Network is comprised of partners from across the Commonwealth who represent policy advocates, service providers, parents and caregivers, and—most especially—youth to identify key legislative opportunities to…

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The COVID-19 Child Care Conundrum

Families are in a child care conundrum. What do you do with your children who are out of school for an undetermined amount of weeks? What do you to ensure…

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Share Your Story- Child Care, Foster Care, Trauma-informed, Health & Mental Health

As we prepare to speak up for kids at the Virginia General Assembly and in Washington we need help from you to share your story or the stories of families…

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Richard Bennett Takes a Holistic Approach to Child Health

Written by Cassie Price Pediatrician and Voices for Virginia’s Children board member Richard Bennett understood better than most what was at stake in the fight to re-fund the Children’s Health…

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Laurie Flynn, Tireless Advocate for Children’s Mental Health, Kids in Foster Care

Laurie Flynn had been the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for less than a month when her 17-year-old daughter attempted suicide in 1984. Her daughter…

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Family First Prevention Services Act Will Change Child Welfare for the Better

While lawmakers and advocates were busy pushing for advances to child welfare in Virginia during the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., quietly passed the greatest changes to child…

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Latasha Wiggins, CHIP Champion

Latasha Wiggins was standing in a parking lot alternately crying and talking into her phone to a woman in an office of one of Latasha’s elected representatives. It was two…

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