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Only State Mental Health Hospital for Kids Remains Strained Richmond Times-Dispatch: August 26, 2019

Northam Dedicates more 2020 Census Funding  — : July 23, 2019

Additional Funding for 2020 Census — Augusta Free Press, Blue Virginia: July 23, 2019

VA ranks 10th Overall in Child Well-beingStaunton News Leader: June 20, 2019

Children are Diverted Away from Foster Care, but What Happens Next? — Va Mercury: June 4, 2019

Thousands of families are doing the same work as foster parents without supportVA Mercury : June 3, 2019

More Kids are Being Admitted to the State’s Psychiatric Hospital  – VA Mercury: May 27, 2019

Virginia Lags Behind National Average Placing Children with Relatives — May 6, 2019

Child Care Subsidies Haven’t Always Helped  — WAMU : April 23, 2019

VA Trails Nation Placing Foster Children with Relatives Capital News Service : April 22, 2019

Without Census Funding it will be Harder to Count VA’s Children, Immigrants, and Senior CitizensVirginia Mercury: April 12, 2019

VA Lags Behind National Average for Placing Foster Children in Families  — Richmond Times-Dispatch: April 5, 2019

VA Should Do More to Help Foster Kids Find Homes with Family  — Virginian Pilot: April 2, 2019

Virginia Lags Behind National Average For Placing Children in Foster Care – : April 4, 2019

Census- VA Groups Prep for Hard-to-Reach Populations  — Richmond Times-Dispatch: April 1, 2019

Assembly Acts to Help Children  — VA Lawyers Weekly: March 18, 2019

2020 Census Introductory Message  — VACO Newsletter: March 6, 2019

Lawmakers Inch Toward Mental Health Stabilization — Virginia Mercury: Feb. 27, 2019

Lawmakers aim to repair VA Foster Care system  —  Roanoke Times: Feb. 26, 2019

Lawmakers Aim to Improve Foster Care System  — Richmond Times-Dispatch: Feb. 26, 2019

Social Service Legislation to Revamp Foster Care  — The Roanoke Times: Jan. 28, 2019

Senate Committees Hear Several Mental Health Bills —Virginia Mercury: Jan. 18, 2019

Virginia Foster Care Failures Hit General Assembly – Capital News Service: Jan. 16, 2019

Foster Care System Has Needed Reform for Decades  Virginia Mercury: Jan. 16, 2019

New Caucus formed to Focus on Foster Care – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Jan. 16, 2019

Richmond Family Magazine- General Assembly Watch – Richmond Family Magazine: Dec. 31, 2018

Guest columnists- Children in Foster Care Deserve a Family  Richmond Times-Dispatch: Dec. 18, 2018

RTD Feature Article 12/18-  Margaret Nimmo Holland Speaking Out for the YoungestRichmond Times-Dispatch/Discover Magazine: Dec 19, 2018

Virginia not seeing much change in insuring undercounted kids –     Virginia Mercury : Nov 30, 2018

Little Kingdoms’: Administration of social services in Va rests largely in the hands of localities. What happens when they can’t fix themselves?Virginia Mercury: October 29, 2018

Most teens who age out of foster care have trouble getting a driver’s license and it affects everything they doVirginia Mercury: October 3, 2018

As summer ends, pressures build again at Virginia’s only state mental hospital for kidsRichmond Times-Dispatch: September 24, 2018

A Pound of Prevention: Leveraging Federal Law Change to Put Families First in Virginia – MARC: September 21, 2018

‘It was a real tragedy:’ A push to better understand childhood trauma’s role in addiction, abuse and mental healthVirginia Mercury: August 15, 2018

Compassionate Mental Health Reform Began with Taking Off the HandcuffsYES! magazine: July 25, 018

Hampton Roads lags state in key child welfare indicatorsThe Daily Press, June 27, 2018

Cooperative preschools worry about impact of proposed change at state levelThe Daily Progress,, : June 25, 2018

DePaul Community Resources continues push towards goal in foster care recruitment campaign to help children during the opioid epidemicRadford News Journal, June 8, 2018

Rich and poor rarely mix in Norfolk preschools, but officials want to change thatVirginian-Pilot, May 20, 2018

In the General Assembly, real life experience makes a difference – Daily Press, Feb. 15, 2018

Is the Children’s Health Insurance Program now a political football? – Richmond Times Dispatch, Jan. 29, 2018

YWCA Richmond selects winners of 2018 Outstanding Women AwardsRichmond Times Dispatch: Jan. 18, 2018

Bills seek to disrupt “school-to-prison pipeline” – Associated Press: Jan. 16, 2018. Note: This AP story ran in papers and news outlets across the country, including The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Seattle Times, The New York Daily, Sun Sentinel, My San Antonio, Emporia News, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Herald Courier, the ACLU website, and many others.

County makes its priorities known to General AssemblyFairfax County Times: Jan. 12, 2018

Virginia receives brief relief for children’s health insurance, but end still looms – Richmond Times Dispatch: Jan. 8, 2018

Access to Childcare and Early Childhood Education — Richmond Family Magazine: Sept. 3, 2019

Counting our Children  — Richmond Times-Dispatch: Aug. 28, 2019

A Complete Count — Richmond Times-Dispatch: Aug. 22, 2019

The Trauma-Informed Approach  —  Richmond Family Magazine : June 4, 2019

Counting Everyone is Crucial  — Richmond Times-Dispatch: March 30, 2019

When Legislators Work Together — Richmond Family Magazine: March 1, 2019

Foster Care System Has Needed Reform for Decades  Virginia Mercury: Jan. 16, 2019

Guest columnists- Children in Foster Care Deserve a Family  Richmond Times-Dispatch: Dec. 18, 2018

Policy makers focus on school safetyRichmond Family Magazine: October, 3, 2018

Community must care for childrenThe Daily Press: July 4, 2018

Bipartisan Compromise and VA’s KidsRichmond Family Magazine: June 28, 2018

“Speaking Up on Capitol Hill: RVA Family Advocates for Childhood Cancer Bill”Richmond Family Magazine: June 1, 2018

“An Advocacy Success Story: Supporting Kids and Families Through Kinship Care” – Richmond Family Magazine: March 30, 2018

“Advocacy Efforts Rewarded: Children’s Health Insurance Program Is Renewed for 10 Years” – Richmond Family Magazine: Feb. 27, 2018

Time for kindergarten – are kids ready or not?Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: Jan. 10, 2018

“Dels. Betsy Carr and Christopher Peace: Addressing Childhood Adversity Now Will Deliver a Brighter Future”Richmond Times Dispatch: Jan. 6, 2018

“Speaking Up for Children in 2018: Consider Advocacy as a New Year’s Resolution”Richmond Family Magazine: Jan. 4, 2018

More than 100,000 Virginia Children Don’t Have Health Insurance —  Public News Service: Nov. 1, 2019

91,000 of Virginia’s Children Still Live in Poverty : Public News Service: Sept. 25, 2019

Tax-free Holiday — Public News Service: Aug. 1, 2019

Foster Care part 2WRIR: July 30, 2019

Extra 2020 Census Funding from GovWRVA: July 23, 2019

In Case You Missed It- KIDS COUNT Data Book  — WINC: June 30, 2019

Va 10th in Child Welfare, but still disparitiesWCVE: June 17, 2019

What’s Next for Children Diverted from Foster Care? NBC12: June 4, 2019

They Forgot About Us NBC12: June 3, 2019

More Kids Being Admitted to State’s Psychiatric Hospital  NBC12: May 28, 2019

Meeting on Inadequacies of VA’s Foster Care SystemWCVE : May 6, 2019

Trauma-Informed Summit  — NPR : Hearsay PODCAST with Cathy Lewis, May 2, 2019

As VA Gears Up for Census, Kids Most Likely To Be Left OutWCVE : May 2, 2019

Summit on Childhood Trauma & Resilience    WTVR, April 25, 2019

Lawmakers, Advocates Bring Trauma-Informed Care to Forefront WAVY, ABC 8News: April 25, 2019

Hundreds Meet to Discuss and Change Conversation around Childhood TraumaWTVR: April 25, 2019

Preparing for the 2020 CensusCounty Pulse PODCAST VACo: March 29, 2019

Large Number of Children in Poverty   — WVTF: March 26, 2019

Is VA Providing Enough School Counselors?WRIC ABC 8, WAVY, WDVM, WFXR, WJHL: March 13, 2019

First Foster Care Caucus – WCVE: Feb. 28, 2019

They’ve Made a Commitment to Foster Care WRIC ABC 8news: Feb. 26, 2019

Group to expand access to child psychiatric treatmentWCVE: Feb. 14, 2019

Fed Grant Expands Preschool Slots- Funding Uncertain – WCVE : Jan. 24, 2019

Parents Share Struggle with Foster Care System as Lawmakers Push Efforts for Change  – ABC Channel 8 News WRIC, WAVY News 10:  Jan. 23, 2019

Foster Care Issues with Virginia Poverty Law Center and Voices for Virginia’s Children – WRIR News:Jan. 21, 2019

Report: Virginia’s Young Adult Parents Face Stacked ChallengesVirginia Public News Service: September 25, 2018

Record Low of Virginia Children Without Health InsuranceWCVE: July 6, 2018

Potential 2020 Census Undercount Threatens VA Child Well-Being IndexVirginia Public News Service, June 27, 2018

Why Are So Many Virginia Children Still Living in Poverty?Virginia Public Radio: June 15, 2018

Mental Health Advocates Call for More Supports in School, Community – WCVE: April 27, 2018

Senate Budget Cuts 2019 CSB Primary Care Screening FundsWCVE: April 6, 2018

General Assembly Still Working Out Funding Details for Va. Preschool InitiativeWCVE: March 8, 2018

Funding for Alternative Transportation for Mental Health Crises Uncertain – WCVE: March 1, 2018

Kinship bills attract attention of new delegatesWCVE: Jan. 30, 2018

Va. bill seeks to disrupt “school-to-prison pipeline” – CBS News 6, WTVR: Jan. 16, 2018

Virginia’s CHIP program only funded through FebruaryWCVE: Jan. 12, 2018


Local mom voices concern over unclear future of children’s health insurance programABC News 8: Dec. 26, 2017

Path forward for CHIP still uncertain – WCVE: Dec. 21, 2017

Letters warn thousands of Virginia families about possible health insurance lossABC News 8: Dec. 12, 2017

Virginia warns 68,000 families their children might lose health coverage Jan. 31Richmond Times Dispatch: Dec. 12, 2017

Feds’ health program for children could end – The Central Virginian: Dec. 12, 2017

Study estimates one-third of Virginia children not ready for kindergarten – Richmond Times Dispatch: Dec. 11, 2017

Holding on to hope, Virginia avoids sending letters to parents warning of the end of children’s health insuranceRichmond Times Dispatch: Dec. 3, 2017

New Leadership Goals: Supporting the Children’s Cabinet” – Richmond Family Magazine: Dec. 1, 2017

Local advocates say Medicaid expansion critical for mental health careWCVE: Nov. 29, 2017

Thousands of kids could lose health insurance next month if Congress doesn’t act fastABC News: Nov. 29, 2017

Big Peninsula voices on Northam transition teamDaily Press: Nov. 15, 2017

Patchwork services fail youth aging out of foster care, national survey concludes – Richmond Times Dispatch: Nov. 15, 2017

One in five youth age out of foster care in VA without adult connection, study finds WCVE: Nov. 14, 2017

Statewide Survey Aims To Improve Foster Care SystemWCVE: November 9, 2017

Kaine Urges Congress to Re-Authorize Children’s Health Insurance ProgramWCVE: November 2, 2017

Virginia Prepares to Shut Down Health Insurance Program for 66,000 ChildrenWVTF Public Radio: October 30, 2017

Report: Black and Hispanic Virginia children lag behind peers on success measuresRichmond Times Dispatch: Oct. 25, 2017

Report Finds Huge Racial and Ethnic Disparities For VA Children – Public News Service: October 24, 2017

Virginia preparing for breakup of children’s insurance program; thousands in Va. could lose health coverage if Congress doesn’t actRichmond Times Dispatch: Oct. 23, 2017

Panelists press for children’s-health programs, lament Trump proposals– InsideNOVA: Oct. 16, 2017

Congress Fails To Renew CHIP, Putting VA Children’s Care At Risk – Public News Service: October 9, 2017

Expired health care program leaves thousands of Virginia children, pregnant women at risk” – WRIC-8: October 4, 2017

Thousands of Children in Virginia Could Lose Health Insurance by January” – WVTF Public Radio: October 3, 2017

Focus on Virginia Elections” – Richmond Family Magazine: October 1, 2017

As tens of thousands of children’s health insurance hangs in the balance, Virginia waits for answers from CongressRichmond Times Dispatch: September 21, 2017

Gubernatorial candidates talk about children’s health at policy forumRichmond Times Dispatch: September 8, 2017

Gubernatorial candidates Gillespie, Northam discuss children’s issues” – Daily Press: September 8, 2017

Can Your Vote Support Resilient Kids?” – Richmond Family Magazine: September 1, 2017

St. Joseph’s Villa relies on varied funding streams to continue operating, helps disabled children join workforce” – Richmond Times Dispatch: August 20, 2017

Can Your Vote Improve School Climate?” – Richmond Family Magazine: July 31, 2017

NC pastor walking to D.C. in support of Medicaid” – WRIC-8: July 17, 2017

“Virginia’s poverty rate remained unchanged in 2015” Richmond Times Dispatch: June 14, 2017

“Virginia’s Childhood Poverty Rate has Increased by 7 percent According to a New Study” – WCVE: June 13, 2017

VA’s Child Health Access Better, Poverty Numbers Stubbornly High – Public News Service: June 13, 2017

Medicaid provides more access to health coverage for rural communities“- Augusta Free Press: June 8, 2017

What’s Next in State Government?” – Richmond Family Magazine: May 30, 2017

Virginia lags behind in national push for Pre-K“- Washington Post: May 28, 2017

Portsmouth pinwheel garden aims to raise awareness about child abuse and prevention“- Virginian-Pilot: April 13, 2017

Kids’ Issues and the Capitol” – Richmond Family Magazine: March 31, 2017

“New Statistics Show Hidden Poverty in Some of Virginia’s Wealthiest Areas” – WVTF Public Radio: March 30, 2017

“Margaret Nimmo Holland column: Medicaid provides a critical foundation for children’s success” Richmond Times Dispatch: March 20, 2017

“Poverty growth in Richmond suburbs continues to outpace city’s” Richmond Times Dispatch: March 10, 2017

“Advocates: Medicaid changes could hurt VA children’s health care” – Public News Service: March 9, 2017

“Affordable Care Act replacement proposal could mean less funds for Virginians”Richmond Times-Dispatch: March 7, 2017

Facing millions in federal penalties, Virginia expands background checks on child care providers“ – Virginian-Pilot: February 28, 2017

About Health Insurance for Kids” – Richmond Family Magazine: February 27, 2017

State braces for potential federal threats to health funding“ – Richmond Times-Dispatch: February 23, 2017

GOP welfare reforms sputter in House“ – Daily Press: February 6, 2017

Republican welfare reform bill advances; critic calls it ‘mean spirited’“ – Richmond Times-Dispatch: January 26, 2017 (cross posted on The News & Advance)

“‘30 pieces of silver’ day care fingerprint bill draws church criticism“- Daily Press: January 17, 2017

Bipartisan fear of Medicaid block grant threat to Virginia“ – Richmond Times-Dispatch: January 16, 2017

State worker compensation key issue in upcoming session“ – Richmond Times-Dispatch: January 7, 2017

New Landscape for Child Advocacy” – Richmond Family Magazine: January 2, 2017