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.


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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

January 21, 2022

Elevating Parent Voices and Strengthening Home Visiting

Virginia’s Plan for Home Visiting addresses the Commonwealth’s key priorities for pregnant persons and families with young children and sets a bold strategic direction for growing services to achieve collective impact. Informed by the Early Impact Virginia statewide home visiting needs assessment, and with input from more than 200 stakeholders at the local and state levels, this Strategic Plan provides the context and direction necessary to fully operationalize the Plan for Home Visiting.

December 21, 2021

Making Parents the Priority in 2022

We're committed to promoting legislation, policies and programs that help to prevent child abuse and neglect, support healthy childhood development, and strengthen families.
We’re preparing to advocate for our communities and the families we serve in 2022. The Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 12, 2022 to begin a 45-day session in which a new two-year budget will be created. 


October 8, 2021

Vaccines Protect Us and Our Children

With COVID-19 infections continuing to surge across the country since summer, public health workers and health care providers have increased their efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccines, both to contain the spread of the virus and, if breakthrough infection occurs, to markedly reduce the risk of severe illness or death.

We encourage everyone who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine to do so, because it protects us, it protects our children who are not yet eligible, and it protects our vulnerable family members and friends.


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