Navigating the Policy Path as a Voices Intern – Foster Parents Article

Navigating the Policy Path as a Voices Intern Posted: August 14th, 2019  –  By: Christina Feerick Guest author — Voices intern Hannah Adams This summer I was given the incredible opportunity to work alongside the talented staff at Voices in order to learn more about the policy process. What I gained was immeasurably more than I could’ve hoped for. I was able to work on three different policy areas, learn about data visualization, and help create advocacy materials for the…

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We Must End the Pipeline of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

We Must End the Pipeline of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Posted: June 12th, 2019  –  By: Allison Gilbreath Recently, I was given an incredible opportunity to present at the Jim Casey Youth Initiatives National Conference and gave remarks at the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth’s briefing.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative works to ensure that young people – ages 14 to 26 – in the United States who have spent at least one…

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Belonging: The Crossroad of Foster and Kinship Care – Foster Parents Article

Belonging: The Crossroad of Foster and Kinship Care Posted: May 31st, 2019  –  By: Christina Feerick For the Month of May, Foster Care Month, Voices will feature guest blogs from organizations that are a part of our Foster Care Unified Policy Network. Belonging: The Crossroad of Foster and Kinship Care By Cate Hawks — Executive Director, NewFound Families-Virginia I once had a sit down with a young woman I had come to know through our camp program. She was living…

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Guest Blog: Every Child Deserves a Thriving Family – Foster Parents Article

Guest Blog: Every Child Deserves a Thriving Family Posted: May 1st, 2019  –  By: Allison Gilbreath For the Month of May, Foster Care Month, Voices will feature guest blogs from organizations that are a part of our Foster Care Unified Policy Network. Guest Author: Cassie Cunningham, Children’s Home Society During Foster Care month, and every other month of the year, Children’s Home Society of Virginia focuses on the importance of permanency for children and youth with foster care experience. As…

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Recap- Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma & Resilience 4/25/19 – Foster Parents Article

Recap- Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma & Resilience 4/25/19 Posted: April 30th, 2019  –  By: Emily Griffey On Thursday April 25, 2019 Voices hosted over 950 attendees at the Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience. The goal of the Summit was to connect child-serving professionals and advocates across the Commonwealth to best practices to prevent, and better address, the impacts of childhood adversity. California’s first Surgeon General and well-known ACEs expert, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, provided the keynote address.…

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NEW REPORT: 10-year Data Snapshot with State-by-State Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Shows Kinship Care Has Remained Stagnant – Foster Parents Article

NEW REPORT: 10-year Data Snapshot with State-by-State Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Shows Kinship Care Has Remained Stagnant Posted: April 5th, 2019  –  By: Allison Gilbreath Kinship care is increasing nationwide, but Virginia still lags behind. According to the “Keeping Kids in Families:Trends in Placement of Young People in Foster Care in the United States,” a New Data Snapshot released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of its KIDS COUNT® project Virginia has seen improvements…

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Building a Bridge for Youth in Foster Care to Higher Education – Foster Parents Article

Building a Bridge for Youth in Foster Care to Higher Education Posted: February 14th, 2019  –  By: Allison Gilbreath For the nearly 500 youth who age out of Virginia’ Foster Care system, only 2% of them will graduate with a degree from a four year university. In fact, currently there are only 200 youth, who are in foster care, enrolled at Virginia universities. Research shows that young adults who experienced foster care have worse outcomes than their peers in the…

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Campaign for Trauma-Informed VA: Progress Update! – Foster Parents Article

Campaign for Trauma-Informed VA: Progress Update! Posted: February 8th, 2019  –  By: Emily Griffey We are now past the halfway point of the 2019 legislative session. We are pleased to report progress on our Unified Agenda for the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia. On Sunday, February 3rd the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees each released its version of the budget. We are thankful that they included many of our priorities listed on the Unified Agenda for the Campaign! Reduce…

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Foster Their Destination: Removing Barriers for Youth in Foster Care to Obtain A Driver’s License – Foster Parents Article

Foster Their Destination: Removing Barriers for Youth in Foster Care to Obtain A Driver’s License Posted: January 30th, 2019  –  By: Allison Gilbreath Learning to drive in the teen years is a rite of passage to young adulthood for millions of youth. It brings new levels of independence and opportunities, enabling young people to drive themselves to school, work, and activities. Without a driver’s license, young people in foster care often miss out on age-appropriate adolescent experiences and opportunities that…

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2019 Legislative Session: Advocating For Kids In Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

2019 Legislative Session: Advocating For Kids In Foster Care Posted: January 18th, 2019  –  By: Allison Gilbreath In 2018, Voices and our partners worked to raise awareness of issues children and their families encountered in foster care. We successfully helped pass the Kinship Guardianship Assistance program, which provides financial assistance to a limited number of children placed in licensed foster homes with their relatives. In 2019, we are entering into the legislative session on the heels of the release of…

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