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Introducing the Members of Virginia’s Youth in Action (VAYA)

Voices for Virginia’s Children is proud to announce the inaugural members of Virginia’s Youth in Action (VAYA). Before starting my role here at Voices, I was a mental health clinician…

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Announcement: New Youth Development Program by Voices

We are excited to announce a new youth development program at Voices for Virginia’s Children. This new program is in the early stages of planning, and we’re delighted to be…

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General Assembly 2022: Child Welfare Wrap-Up

The Foster Care system has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last two years foster families have experienced greater financial stress, fewer foster parents have become trained,…

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2022 General Assembly Budget Passes with Bipartisan Progress for Kids

Click here to register for our upcoming Zoom webinar on June 14 as we discuss General Assembly results and what they mean for children and families in Virginia. After several…

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Women’s History Month: Advancing Policies that Combat the Motherhood Penalty

Pictured above: Chief Policy Officer Emily Griffey with her child, Andy I’ve been a working mom for most of my career at Voices. Balancing motherhood and work has allowed me…

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Reflections From Our 2022 Youth Advocacy Cohort

As the 2022 General Assembly session winds down, the Voices team is reflecting back on this session’s achievements, challenges, and future opportunities. Included in our reflections is the inspirational and…

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Guest Blog: Keys to Destination for Youth in Foster Care

This is a guest blog post written for Voices for Virginia’s Children by Susan Hoover (pictured below). Recall the day you obtained your driver’s license. Perhaps one of your parents…

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Tax Credits Provide Essential Financial Relief to Working Families: Tell Lawmakers to Act

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis joins Voices for Virginia’s Children as a guest-contributor for this analysis of Virginia’s tax policy; edited for the Voices’ blog. While most parents dread…

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Voices’ Youth Advocacy Day Recap

(Pictured above: Cohort members and Voices’ staff take a “before” picture before embarking on their legislative meetings.) “Keep going. Don’t ever stop. Don’t ever let anybody silence your voice. Don’t…

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Increasing Language Access & Equity in Virginia

Virginia is home to speakers of many languages. However, the access to language services are inconsistent across the state varying from agency to agency. Without these consistencies, there are no…

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