Disrupting the Cycles of Child Abuse, Neglect and Poverty

Families Forward Virginia builds healthier, stronger, more self-sufficient families by partnering with families and communities. 


We are a statewide non-profit working with parents and children.

Supported by both public and private funding, Families Forward provides statewide leadership for and unifies support for a multitude of Virginia programs through evidence-based and multi-generational prevention strategies.


Download your Child Abuse Prevention Toolkit today.

Everyone Can Make Great Childhoods Happen - Especially You, Especially Now is this year’s prevention theme for Child Abuse Prevention Month in Virginia. 


More than a reminder — it's a movement.

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America® launched the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign as a grassroots effort for individuals and organizations across the U.S. to take action. The campaign promotes healthy child development while raising awareness to prevent child abuse and neglect—before it ever happens.

More than 55,000 children in Virginia are reported victims of child abuse each year.

Working with parents and their children, we provide home visiting programs, family support and education, professional development, child sexual abuse prevention programs, advocacy, public awareness and public education. Employing a team of 25 professionals and supported by more than 50 local affiliated organizations and programs, Families Forward Virginia is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Making a Difference, Together


The Latest News & Updates


May 16, 2022

Families Forward Awarded PCAA Primary Prevention Grant

Families Forward Virginia has been awarded a $50,000 Primary Prevention grant by Prevent Child Abuse America with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, to support the organization’s work to transform child welfare policy and systems, focused on building sustainable, long-term partnerships and pathways between primary and downstream child abuse and neglect prevention efforts. The funders are awarding a total of $500,000 over a two-year grant period to nine Prevent Child Abuse America state chapters selected for funding. 

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May 6, 2022

CHIP Grant Builds Foundation for Evidence-Base Outcomes

Thanks to a significant grant from the Administration for Children and Families, CHIP of Virginia is now well on its way to establishing an evidence base of effectiveness for the great successes children and families have achieved through the program for more than 30 years.


The ACF Family Self-sufficiency Demonstration Grant is enabling CHIP to improve internal evaluation processes while preparing the network to conduct rigorous research that will create an evidence-base in family self-sufficiency and health, and use this evidence to strengthen the program across Virginia.

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March 30, 2022

CAP Month Virtual Speaker Series

In this session, Bart Klika, Chief Research Officer at Prevent Child Abuse America, will share a framework that demonstrates how the national landscape is setting the stage for a shift to family wellbeing and strength-based approaches that can be implemented at the state and local levels. Then Jamia Crockett, CEO of Families Forward Virginia, will share the highlights of Virginia’s Child Abuse Prevention Plan, including how Thriving Families, Safer Children focuses on holistic child wellbeing.

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