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Blog Category: State Advocacy

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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Bill Explainer: SB 56 – Foster Care Prevention Program (Senator Favola)

Senator Favola, Chair of the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, has introduced SB 56 to create a foster care prevention program in Virginia. The purpose of the program…

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Welcome our 2022 Advocacy Cohort!

Please welcome our 2022 Advocacy Cohort! We are so honored to introduce the members of our 2022 Advocacy Cohort. This group of inspirational youth and young adults is diverse in…

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2022 Youth Advocacy Cohort Application

Voices for Virginia’s Children is establishing a small cohort of youth advocates, comprised of young change makers, to join us for Advocacy Days at the General Assembly in January 2022….

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Tax Credits Could Fall Short: Non-Filers Experience Barriers When Filing 

The American Rescue Plan Act, passed in March 2021, was the third federal relief package for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to direct aid to states and municipalities, the act…

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