Media Coverage

Nearly 400,000 Virginians risk losing Medicaid, starting MondayThe Washington Post: April 30, 2023

Virginia’s main helping hand for poor families in financial squeezeRichmond Times-Dispatch: March 4, 2023
Advocacy groups against medication notification bill: ‘Youth deserve to have this autonomy’Henrico Citizen: March 1, 2023
Virginia advocacy groups against medication notification bill: ‘Youth deserve to have this autonomy’ — The Virginian-Pilot: February 25, 2023

How the Pandemic Heightened NoVA’s Teen Mental Health Crisis. — Northern Virginia Magazine: February 8, 2023

VA Senate Unanimously Passes McClellan-Hashmi Bill to Increase Support Staff in Virginia’s K-12 Schools — Blue Virginia: February 6, 2023

Foster youth in Virginia colleges have nowhere to go during breaks. A bill wants to fix that.Virginia Mercury: January 19, 2023

Virginia schools would provide free meals for all students under bill sponsored by 3 Hampton Roads lawmakersThe Virginian-Pilot: January 17, 2023

30 Days of Hope 2022: Raising awareness for adoption, fostering in Virginia — NewsPub: December 26, 2022

Virginia Group Calling for Child Tax Credit Revival — WYDaily: December 18, 2022

Child care help coming to Virginia — AXIOS: September 28, 2022

State grant will support foster youth at Virginia’s community colleges Richmond Times-Dispatch: August 5, 2022

Meet-a-Ram: Kwasi Deitutu — VCU News: July 8, 2022

Sentara Healthcare awards nearly $5 million to support 71 community partners in Virginia and North Carolina — Sentara: July 6, 2022

State Lawmakers Approve $1 Million Grant to Help Foster Youth Receive College Education — Wire: June 23, 2022

Politicians, other groups jump into action in an attempt to assist with baby formula shortageRichmond Times-Dispatch: May 21, 2022

Virginia Gov. Youngkin Launches Task Force to Address Lack of Safe Placements for Foster Care Children — The Republican Standard: April 2, 2022

Column: Kids’ mental health needs attention, funding — The Daily Progress: March 30, 2022

He grew up in the foster system. Through it all, he’s preserving and finding his footing.The Progress Index: February 28, 2022

Virginia public school advocates call for more funding amid myriad of challenges — The Roanoke Times: February 14, 2022

Here to Help: Virginians Seek Expansion to Youth Mental Health Services — VA Dogwood: February 9, 2022

House panel backs $1.2 billion tax rebate; kills separate relief for low-income familiesRichmond Times-Dispatch: January 31, 2022

The Last Monthly Child Tax Credit?: The Impact the Expanded CTC Had on Virginians — VA Dogwood: December 15, 2021

A Vital Gift — Richmond Magazine: December 12, 2021

Chlo’e Edwards of Voices For Virginia’s Children on Racial Truth and ReconciliationPW Perspective: August 29, 2021

In Richmond and Henrico, the most vaccinated neighborhoods are also the wealthiestRichmond Times-Dispatch: August 28, 2021

Virginia’s trauma-informed network receives $1 million in funding. Local chapter waits for details. — The Progress-Index: August 17, 2021

How Virginia Ranks For Overall Child Well-Being — Patch: August 15, 2021

‘It can be a real game changer’: How Virginia families are using the new child tax credit for food, child care and moreRichmond Times-Dispatch: August 13, 2021

Personality: Dr. Cyrillene ‘C.C.’ Clark, Spotlight on board chair of Voices for Virginia’s ChildrenRichmond Free Press: August 12, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act Child Tax CreditPrince William Living: August 10, 2021

As child tax credit payments roll out, Wexton says more than 135K area children to benefitLoudoun Times-Mirror: July 22, 2021

Barriers exist for LGBTQ people as both foster parents and foster childrenRichmond Times-Dispatch: July 19, 2021

A new state office aims to address longstanding gaps in Virginia’s foster care systemVirginia Mercury: June 30, 2021

Child Tax Credits start July 15. Here’s how to sign up for monthly payments. — Richmond Times-Dispatch: June 21, 2021

She’s been out of prison for 11 years. In Virginia, she still has a lifetime employment ban from many professions. — Virginia Mercury: June 21, 2021

Major staffing shortages beset Virginia’s child care providers — Virginia Mercury: June 14, 2021

The mental health crisis among kids is worsening. Virginia is widening access to services to help. Richmond Times-Dispatch: May 28, 2021

After tough year for families, ‘more help is on the way’ from Richmond and Washington-Richmond Times-Dispatch: April 28, 2021

New Report Ranks Virginia Near the Bottom for State of Babies — PWPerspective: April 26, 2021

More families will young children may have access to $1,000 per month for child care under new lawRichmond Times-Dispatch: April 2, 2021

Voices for Virginia’s Children Advocate for Racial Truth — PWPerspective: February 27, 2021

State Senate committee advances resolution declaring racism as a health crisis in VirginiaThe Progress-Index: February 19, 2021

Richmond, Henrico among first in Va. to release equity data for recent cases, vaccinationsRichmond Times-Dispatch: February 10, 2021

Caught in the Middle: The Plight of Crossover YouthSocial Work Today: January 27, 2021

‘I Just Want to See Better Happen’ — Richmond Magazine: January 24, 2021

New study outlines how families of color in Virginia are affected by the pandemic — Richmond Times-Dispatch: December 14, 2020

New Report: “Black families experience higher rates of economic, food and housing insecurity during COVID-19 crisis”Blue Virginia: December 14, 2020

Child welfare calls have plummeted during the pandemic. Advocates worry the numbers don’t tell the full story.Virginia Mercury: September 22, 2020

Childcare a key concern as schools, business start reopening-Daily Progress: August 5, 2020

How Hampton Roads day cares have weathered the COVID-19 stormVirginian-Pilot; July 26, 2020

Nearly 40% of Virginia’s child care centers closed during the pandemic– a problem for parents going back to workVA Mercury, The Daily Progress, July 17, 2020

Virginia will get $70 million from feds to help child care centers care stay open for essential workers— Virginian-Pilot: April 15, 2020

Some day cares are reopening– and new ones are starting– for the children of essential workers— Virginian-Pilot: April 9, 2020

Avula to appear on Facebook Live session April 8— Henrico Citizen: April 6, 2020

Counting every Virginian in the census will be even harder during coronavirusVirginian-Pilot: March 25, 2020

What are parents and Richmond-area day care providers to do during coronavirus outbreak? — Richmond Times-Dispatch: March 17, 2020

With limited guidance, some Virginia daycares remain open during coronavirus outbreak — Virginian-Pilot: March 17, 2020

Virginia legislature approves mental health training for teachersVA Gazette; Daily Press: March 3, 2020

Virginia will spend a record amount on early educationVirginian-Pilot; Daily Press: March 2, 2020

What does learning look like in high-quality preschools? — Charlottesville Tomorrow: Feb. 04, 2020

Foster Care Caucus plans to build on momentum in its second legislative sessionRichmond Times Dispatch: Jan. 15, 2020

Lobbying groups descending on Richmond for General AssemblyDaily Press: Jan. 07, 2020

Raise Your Voices for Kids and FamiliesRichmond Family Magazine: January 5, 2022

Strite: Glenn Youngkin must lead in strengthening safety nets for childrenThe Roanoke Times: December 26, 2021

Who Benefits from the Child Tax Credit? Impact for Virginia’s Children and FamiliesRichmond Family Magazine: August 31, 2021

Reinforcing the Safety Net: Virginia’s Children and families and the Pandemic — Richmond Family Magazine: January 5, 2021

Emily Griffey column: Stop failing our children— Richmond Times-Dispatch: August 14, 2020

Considering Childcare During a PandemicRichmond Family Magazine: June 14, 2020

Forgotten first responders: The COVID-19 lockdown has hit Virginia’s child welfare system hard — Virginia Mercury: May 5, 2020

Taylor Keeney column: Give a little, give a lot, give what you can — Richmond Times Dispatch: Nov. 25, 2019

Use Your Vote as a Vote for Kids — Richmond Family Magazine: Oct. 31, 2019

Marching Toward the 2020 Census — Richmond Family Magazine: Oct. 1, 2019

Youngkin says Republican plan falls short on early childhood education funding — ABC8: May 5, 2022

Child welfare watchdog gets to work in Virginia — VPM: May 4, 2022

Parents ask Youngkin to ‘put families first’ in upcoming budget review — 13News: April 1, 2022

Virginia parents advocate for tax rebates, school funding ahead of special session — ABC8: April 1, 2022

Bill will allow homeless youth to access shelter, services without guardian — NBC12: March 31, 2022

Unsettled: A Storytelling Project from DePaul; Episode 4: Aging Out, What’s Wrong, What’s Needed, and What’s Next — DePaul: March 15, 2022

Virginia teens press General Assembly for action on mental health — VPM: March 14, 2022

Tax cut negotiations down to the wire as General Assembly wraps up — VPM: March 10, 2022

Local student urges lawmakers to pass more school mental health funding — ABC 8: January 28, 2022

Virginia lawmakers seek to fund mental health services: ‘Our kids are not OK’ — CBS 6: January 28, 2022

How a lack of therapists, funding hurts Virginia kids in crisis — CBS 6: December 8, 2021

Advocates Laud Virginia-Style Maternal Health Care in Biden Plan — Public News Service: November 29, 2021

Virginia is one of the worst states for kids aging out of foster care — WSLS NBC 10 News: November 22, 2021

Racism: Challenging Perceptions Series — VPM: November 8, 2021

Women & Politics: Women LeadershipWomen & Politics: September 2, 2021

Racial Truth and Reconciliation Week conference to begin — CBS19: August 19, 2021

Report: Virginia Must Improve Child Health Coverage for Latino Families — Public News Service: June 23, 2021

Women & Politics with Amanda Lynch and Chloe Edwards on Resilience Week — Women & Politics: May 6, 2021

COVID-19 Will Inflict Trauma On Virginia’s Children. Analysts Don’t Yet Know How Bad It Will Be. — WHRO: April 23, 2021

New Virginia Law Helps More Families Get Child Care — PublicNewsService: April 7, 2021

More Virginians Eligible for Child Care Subsidies — WVTF: April 5, 2021

Budget Brings Mixed News for Foster Children, Advocates Say — VPM: February 23, 2021

Advocates Say Digital Connections are Meaningful, Accessible — VPM: January 26, 2021

Aged Out: Finding Home (Documentary) — VPM: January 23, 2021

Advocates Worry Foster Children Left Behind by State Budget — VPM: December 29, 2020

Pandemic Widens Racial Gap in Meeting VA Families’ Basic Needs — Public News Service: December 16, 2020

Pandemic Wears on Foster Children and Parents — VPM: December 16, 2020

Report Highlights Racial Disparities for Virginia Families — VPM: December 15, 2020

Pandemic disproportionately affects Virginia families of color, report finds — WTOP: December 14, 2020

Data shows pandemic disproportionately affects Virginia’s Black families — WWBT NBC12: December 14, 2020

Advocates Call for Permanent Children’s Cabinet— VPM: Dec. 2, 2020

Monday Moms – Voices for Virginia’s Children — Henrico Citizen: Jul. 15, 2020

HCPS considering 2 approaches for return to school; seeks parent input via survey— WWBT: June 24, 2020

Henrico Parents’ Group Pushes for Full In-Person Classes This Fall— VPM: June 23, 2020

Child care needs could pose a challenge for families as state reopens— WTKR: June 18, 2020

Many Parents Uneasy About Child Care During COVID-19 — WVTF/Radio IQ: June 12, 2020

Extra Food Benefits Coming for Many Virginia Families — WVTF/Radio IQ: May 8, 2020

Making Sure Kids Get Counted — WVTF/Radio IQ: March 30, 2020

Child Care in Virginia Complicated by Coronavirus— VPM: March 20, 2020

Legislature approves mental health training for Virginia teachersWTVR CBS 6: March 3, 2020

Virginia Lawmakers Consider Redesign of Early Education ProgramsVPM: Feb. 24, 2020

Lawmakers Want to Help Foster Care Youth Get Driver’s LicensesVPM: Feb. 06, 2020

Groups Push VA Lawmakers to Ease Mental Health CrisisPublic News Service: Feb. 05, 2020

‘Kinship care’ foster families would get money in proposed budget — VA Mercury: Dec. 18 2019

Charlottesville Event Focuses on Importance of Early Education Services — NBC29: Dec. 3, 2019

2020 Census in Virginia: Some Groups are Likely to be Undercounted. Here’s What Advocates Plan to Do About It — The Virginia Pilot: December 1, 2019

Black Children More Likely to Live in Concentrated Poverty — Henrico Citizen; WHSV: Nov. 5, 2019

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

Use Your Vote as a Vote for Kids — Richmond Family Magazine: Oct. 31, 2019

Allison Gilbreath, Top 40 Under 40 — StyleWeekly; October 22, 2019

Marching Toward the 2020 Census — Richmond Family Magazine: Oct. 1, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foster Care part 2 — WRIR: July 30, 2019

Extra 2020 Census Funding from Gov — WRVA: July 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

Va 10th in Child Welfare, but still disparities — WCVE: June 17, 2019

What’s Next for Children Diverted from Foster CareNBC12: June 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

They Forgot About Us NBC12: June 3, 2019

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

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

Meeting on Inadequacies of VA’s Foster Care System — WCVE : 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 Out —WCVE : 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 Trauma — WTVR: April 25, 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 Citizens — Virginia 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

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

Preparing for the 2020 Census — County Pulse PODCAST VACo: March 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group to expand access to child psychiatric treatment– WCVE: Feb. 14, 2019

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

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