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The Truth About Fostering and Adoption

There are more than 4,000 children currently in foster care in Virginia. Of those, approximately 700 are legally available to be adopted, waiting for a family like yours to provide them with a forever family. Fostering and adopting a child…

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What Is the Motherhood Penalty?

Many parents feel the pull on their time and resources to balance work and home. We find and pay for child care, we watch as remote work merges with managing virtual learning, and somehow, we find a way to fit…

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Tax Assistance for Working Families

Taxes can be complicated, and it can be especially difficult to maximize your refund when completing your taxes on your own. For low- and middle-income households, these complexities are often a barrier to building financial stability.  There’s a program to…

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Raise Your Voices for Kids and Families

Each year, Voices for Virginia’s Children hosts Advocacy Days during the General Assembly session in Richmond. Youth, parents, nonprofit partners, and community members take the opportunity to speak with their elected representatives on issues that matter to them. For many,…

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Who Benefits from the Child Tax Credit?

Before the pandemic, 13 percent of children in Virginia lived in families earning below the poverty level (just under $26,000 for a family of four), and one in three children were economically disadvantaged. With the significant disruption caused by the…

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Reinforcing the Safety Net

It was mid-March 2020 when Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency to reduce the spread of COVID-19. He announced, “Our top priority is to make sure Virginians stay safe and healthy, and that our response to this situation…

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Your Voting-in-Virginia Questions Answered

Christopher Piper, commissioner of the Department of Elections, on legislative changes, election security, and exercising your right to vote With the spread of COVID-19, conducting elections has become more challenging than ever. The mission of the Virginia Department of Elections…

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Considering Childcare During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the meaning of the word “essential” as it relates to our workforce. From grocery store clerks to delivery workers to healthcare workers, each essential worker is now wearing his or her badge as…

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Kindergarten Countdown Camp

When Bonnie Soto was told she was having twins in 2014, she suddenly found herself confronting a revised family budget that didn’t fit with her original plans. She had figured that after her baby was born, she would find childcare and…

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