How to Connect with Your Legislator – Foster Parents Article

How to Connect with Your Legislator Posted: November 22nd, 2019  –  By: Chloe Edwards Elected officials work to turn ideas into laws; they spend a great deal of their time identifying problems faced by their constituents to create solutions. Remember, legislators are everyday people like you and me. In fact, they are elected by the people who live in their district. Here, you see Outreach Coordinator, Chloe Edwards, pictured with one of her elected officials, Senator Jennifer McClellan on Mental…

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Advocacy Toolkit- Prepare to Advocate! – Foster Parents Article

Advocacy Toolkit- Prepare to Advocate! Posted: November 12th, 2019  –  By: Chloe Edwards We are gearing up for the 2020 General Assembly Session and want YOU to be prepared to make your voice heard! Here is your “Advocacy Toolkit” so you can be prepared to be a voice for Virginia’s children. Mark Your Calendars! – 2020 Advocacy Days (More information to come!) 1/22 – Home Visiting Advocacy Day Host: Families Forward / Early Impact VA 1/23 – Trauma Campaign Day Host:…

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Send In Your Comments: Commission on Youth Study on Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

Send In Your Comments: Commission on Youth Study on Foster Care Posted: October 1st, 2019  –  By: Allison Gilbreath The Virginia Commission on Youth studies and provides recommendations addressing the needs of and services for youth and their families. During the 2019 legislative session, the General Assembly took major steps forward to address the challenges within our foster care system that were identified in the JLARC report. However, the challenges facing our foster care system will require continuing work and…

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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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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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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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