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2021 GA Session: Conference Budget Report

The 2021 General Assembly is coming to close with good news for children and families. While the last year has produced tremendous disruptions and up and downs for families, the…

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2021 Legislative Session: Advocating for Kids in Child Welfare (Updated 2/26/2021)

In the 2020 legislative session, a number of key advancements were made for children and families in foster care, however these investments were almost all put on hold due to…

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Bill Explainer: Expanding Access to Child Care Assistance HB2206 (Filler-Corn)

The Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn has introduced HB2206 to create a new short-term eligibility category for parents seeking financial assistance to afford child care. As of February 16,…

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Trauma-Informed Care & Equity In The House & Senate Budget

In Virginia, 20 percent of children experience two or more adverse childhood experiences. However, the pandemic as a trauma layered with economic trauma and social injustices creates complex traumas that…

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Child Welfare in the House and Senate Budgets

In a year with extraordinary budgetary challenges, the House and Senate “money committees” released their recommended changes to the Governor’s proposed budget on February 10. In good news, they retained…

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2021 Legislative Session: Children’s Mental Health

The pandemic has greatly impacted children’s mental health and well-being and there will not be easy policy solutions. However, we are pleased to see the following measures moving forward during…

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Virginia Must Declare Racism as a Public Health Crisis

The following is an op-ed by Voices’ Chloe Edwards and Michael Royster from the Institute for Public Health Innovation. Virginia’s Constitution states: “That all men are by nature equally free and independent and…

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Recap: Foster & Kinship Care Youth Advocacy Day

On January 27th, Voices hosted its second annual “Uplifting Young Voices: Foster & Kinship Care Youth Advocacy Day”. Due to the pandemic, we shifted our efforts to meet the virtual…

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Sign-On- HJ537 Racism As A Public Health Crisis

Update: Passed by the House and now headed to the Senate next. Delegate Lashrecse Aird has introduced House Joint Resolution No. 537, a resolution to declare racism as a public…

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Recap: Campaign for a Trauma-Informed VA: Racial Truth & Reconciliation Advocacy Day

On January 25, 2021, Voices hosted the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed VA: Racial Truth & Reconciliation Advocacy Day with a theme of “amplifying the voices and truths of the people.”…

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