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Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia: Education Initiatives

The Unified Policy Agenda for the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Virginia includes policy priorities in education, child welfare, health, mental health, and prevention. On Thursday, December 13th Governor Northam gave a…

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Preparing to Speak Up During the 2019 GA Session – #Voices4Kids

Prepare to Speak Up During the 2019 General Assembly Session – #Voices4Kids Although January feels a long way away, the 2019 Virginia General Assembly Session will be here before we…

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Training Trauma-Informed Communities Across VA

Training communities in the underlying brain science and research behind adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma has been an essential component to build awareness and shift practices to become trauma-informed….

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The Family and Children’s Trust Fund Supports Trauma-Informed Communities Across Virginia

 FACT is the only organization in Virginia that addresses trauma across the lifespan. The General Assembly created FACT, a public-private partnership, in 1986 to raise funds for the prevention and…

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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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Keeping Students Safe and Well

Written by Dillon Wild, UVA Batten School MPP 2019 In response to recent tragic school shootings, the Virginia General Assembly established the House Select Committee on School Safety in an…

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Circle Preschool Program, a Best-Practices Model for Trauma-Informed Early Education

Dr. Kathy Ryan and Denise Powers co-lead the Circle Preschool Program, a trauma-informed therapeutic preschool. In school year 2015-2016, public preschools in Virginia made 318 suspensions to 167 students, according…

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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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Trauma-informed Policy: Keeping Children and Families Together

We have been overwhelmed and heartbroken by the media coverage of children separated from their parents at border crossings. We echo the sentiments of the child welfare community, medical community,…

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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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