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Our Stories

Our name – Voices for Virginia’s Children – represents the lived experiences of children and families across the commonwealth. As an advocacy organization, we have a responsibility to elevate the voices of those who are often left behind and unseen, so their stories are heard loud and clear by those in the halls of power. 

Stories are an incredibly effective way to advocate for change. It’s important to us that we hear from you to help inform our work and empower as many people as possible to be greater advocates for children. Share your story by completing this form.


Faces of the Frontline: Shana Lynch, Sr. Family Services Specialist

Each morning, Shana Lynch wakes up to go to work as a family services specialist for Virginia’s child welfare system. She drives from her home in Eastern Henrico to the…

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Recap: Uplifting Young Voices Foster & Kinship Care Youth Advocacy Day

On January 15th Voices hosted its first-ever foster & kinship care youth advocacy day with a youth cohort that was selected in September. In November, the cohort participated in an…

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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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