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Our Stories

We believe personal stories illustrate how and why individuals connect to Voices for Virginia’s Children. By explaining in people’s own words why our work matters to them, these stories put a human face to our work. If you would like to share how you have connected to Voices and why you care about our work, please complete this form.


Navigating the Policy Path as a Voices Intern

Guest author — Voices intern Hannah Adams This summer I was given the incredible opportunity to work alongside the talented staff at Voices in order to learn more about the…

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Roberta Newman — Powering Potential on the Eastern Shore

“Everyone has a role to play”— and from an early age, Roberta Newman has known HER role. During a recent interview, Newman said she became a child advocate at the…

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Kathy Dial: Kinship Care Champion

Written by Cassie Price People eagerly shared their kinship care stories at an Aug. 1 meeting at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, Va. Kinship care refers to the…

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Dillon Wild Learns Public Policy Best Practices During Voices’ Internship

Written by Cassie Price With a bang of his gavel, Chairman Emmett Hanger abruptly ended the May 29 Virginia Senate Finance Committee meeting, after declaring Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment…

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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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Nanci Pedulla Champions Benefits of Home Visiting for Child Development

Nanci Pedulla, director of Healthy Families, a Northern Virginia Family Service home visiting program, has witnessed countless examples of the positive impact of home visiting programs on children and families….

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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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Donor and Advocate Brenda Tanner Appreciates Voices’ Multi-Issue Approach

Dr. Brenda Tanner has been speaking up for kids since she started teaching elementary school in 1976. During a 42-year career in public education, her commitment to doing what’s best…

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Beth Hilscher, a Voice for Mental Health Reform

The bullet that ended a daughter’s life couldn’t silence a mother’s voice. Emily Hilscher was a first-year student at Virginia Tech in 2007 when she became a victim of the…

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Voices Executive Director Builds Relationships That Advance Policy

Changing big systems often starts by working with individuals. Voices for Virginia’s Children executive director Margaret Nimmo Holland learned this early in her nonprofit career. Shortly after joining Voices (then…

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