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Statement on Forming the Children’s Cabinet

Statement on Gov. Ralph Northam’s and First Lady Pam Northam’s Announcement on the Formation of the Children’s Cabinet and State-Level Early Childhood Leadership At Voices for Virginia’s Children, we are…

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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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2018 Legislative Agenda Highlights

After an extended General Assembly session, we are pleased the legislature approved a budget that includes Medicaid expansion that will cover nearly 400,000 more uninsured Virginians. This budget also includes…

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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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Finally! Virginia passes Medicaid expansion and a budget that invests in kids

After repeated attempts over the last several years, Virginia finally adopted Medicaid expansion to provide health insurance to up to 400,000 Virginians who currently fall in the coverage gap.  We are…

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Details of the Proposed House and Senate Budget Deal, Including Medicaid Expansion

The House Appropriations Committee shared the details of the proposed House and Senate FY19 & FY20 budget deal on May 21, 2018, before the Senate was scheduled to vote. However,…

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Buckey Boone, Advocating for Kids in Southwest Virginia

Buckey Boone, pictured here with his grandson, is a lifelong child advocate. When it comes to crafting public policies, William “Buckey” Boone cautions against one-size-fits-all thinking. The long-time resident of…

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Jamie Clancey Works for Trauma-Informed Policies and Practices

Many Americans think of public policy as an abstract concept with little relevance to their daily lives. Not so Jamie Clancey. She sees the effects of public policy everywhere in…

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Keith Hare, Working across the Aisle

The 24-hour news cycle bombards us with stories of political gridlock caused by warring Democrats and Republicans. Less likely to make headlines are examples of good governance, which happens when…

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Chloe Edwards, Kinship Care Advocate

Photograph: Chloe Edwards, left, pictured with her grandparents and Richmond mayor Levar Stoney. “You think you’re pretty, but you’re really not. You think you’re smart, but you’re really not. You’ll…

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