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RTRW 2022: Themes and Presentations

We are looking forward to our third year recognizing Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week, August 22 – 28, 2022. Each year, we intentionally select RTRW themes to reflect the intersections…

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Governor Youngkin Amendments Add $5 Million for Foster Care

The Virginia General Assembly will have one more chance to improve foster care with Governor Youngkin’s proposed amendments to the budget. While the House and Senate accepted a budget compromise…

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Improving Family Economic Security Reduces Child Maltreatment

Guest Post by Jamia “Mia” Crockett, Chief Executive Officer of Families Forward Virginia Families Forward Virginia, in partnership with the Division of Family Services at Virginia Department of Social Services…

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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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Making HERstory: Inside My Trip to the White House

As a person who has always aspired to be a voice for children, being invited to the White House felt like a dream. Before I knew what the field of…

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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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A National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health

Advocates, school personnel, mental health clinicians, and families have been saying for years – even before the pandemic –  that children’s mental health access is in a state of emergency….

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Celebrating the Increase in Virginia’s Hispanic and Latino Community

Photo credit: Detail of Hispanic Heritage Select Photos, by David Valdez. This page has been written in English and translated into Spanish. Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th…

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Honoring a Voice for Children: Fletcher Lowe

[Pictured above: Fletcher and Mary Fran Lowe at the first Carol Fox event in 2017] The tribute below was written by Voices’ Chief Policy Officer, Emily Griffey. She knew Fletcher well…

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Equity Assessments and Disaggregated Data in Action

Recently, the Data and Research team at Voices for Virginia’s Children conducted community equity assessments for two Trauma-Informed Community Networks (TICNs) in Virginia. These Trauma-Informed Community Networks work to identify…

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