Restore Funding for Home Visiting!
Here's a snapshot of what's happening to Virginia's children in Child Protective Services and Foster Care
Our Early Impact Virginia collects data from home visiting programs annually to track the number of families and children served, provided screenings and workforce trends.
Families Forward Virginia Advocacy
We are 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 2021. The Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 13, 2021 to begin a 30-day session. The House of Delegates will meet virtually while the State Senate meet in person at the Science Museum of Virginia.
Our advocacy this year will be completely virtual. We're organizing several “Virtual Visit with Parents” during the 2021 Session of Virginia General Assembly to elevate the parent voice. These “Virtual Visit with Parents” are a place where parents and their home visitors can talk about their experiences with the pandemic, what they’ve struggled with, what their families need to succeed, and what our elected officials should be doing to help. Home visiting staff are welcome to join the parents they serve at these town halls.
Below is the registration link for the “Virtual Visit with Parents” in your region. More details about these town halls will be provided on the registration pages in the coming weeks. Parents who attend the town halls will receive $50.00 gift after completion to thank them for elevating the parent voice in Virginia.
Peninsula Virtual Visit with Parents
(Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, James City County)
Monday Jan 25th 9:30am – 10:30am
Richmond Region Virtual Visit with Parents
(Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Petersburg, Hopewell)
Tuesday Jan 26th 9:30am – 10:30am
New River Virtual Visit with Parents
(Pulaski, Radford, Montgomery, Floyd, Giles)
Wednesday Jan 27th 9:30am – 10:30am
Roanoke Area Virtual Visit with Parents
Thursday Jan 28th 9:30am – 10:30am
Northern Va. Virtual Visit with Parents
Monday Feb 1st 9:30am - 10:30am
South Hampton Roads Virtual Visit with Parents
(Va. Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Isle of Wight)
Tuesday Feb 2nd 9:30am - 10:30am
What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is as basic as speaking on behalf of oneself or others to get something done. For example, as child advocates we seek to ensure that the children in our community have a voice and that their needs are met. This can mean speaking on behalf of children and families to your local community officials, your state-level elected officials, or your federal policy-makers.
Helpful resources include this Advocacy 101 Webinar and this Advocacy Guide.
Why Advocate for Families?
The most obvious reason to be a child and family advocate is that you care. You care about the children in our country and want them to be safe, healthy, and happy. It follows that you want to help ensure that local, state, and federal policy-makers adopt, implement, and maintain important policies and programs that support children families. In order to ensure that these policies and programs are maintained, it is critical to have a sustained vocal and noticeable presence at all levels of policy-making. You can be part of that presence; and therefore, you can be part of the effort to protect our nations children and families.
Decades of research have shown that the creation of positive childhood experiences can mitigate the effects of adversity.
While brain science has helped us understand how adverse childhood experiences cause toxic stress for children, which can lead to poor health outcomes, we also know that positive childhood experiences protect adult mental health and promote healing from toxic stress."