Speak Up for Families

Families Forward Virginia Policy Agenda 2020
Here's a snapshot of what's happening to Virginia's children in Child Protective Services and Foster Care 
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2020 Early Childhood Home Visiting Advocacy

Creating Stable, Predictable Financing for Local Home Visiting Programs

Funding home visiting has always been challenging. Funder requirements sometimes drive programmatic decisions that may not be in the best interest of families, communities or service providers. As we are maturing as an industry, it has become clear that simply asking for more money from the General Assembly each year is not strategically the most effective way to create long-term sustainability or help us scale up our programs for impact...more

Here's a Snapshot of Home Visiting in Virginia 

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.

2020 Advocacy Days - Register Now!

We encourage all of our home visiting programs and advocates to attend

Home Visiting Advocacy Day on Wednesday, January 22!


We encourage all of our child abuse prevention partners and advocates to attend

Trauma Informed Campaign Day on Thursday, January 23!

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.

The root of child abuse and neglect is often related to a lack of role models, limited education and not having reliable support systems. All parents want their children to be successful in school, life and work. Yet, parenting is not instinctive. Parents learn by the way they were parented.


Education and a continuum of support is the key to delivering measurable results including the disruption of the cycle of abuse and neglect in Virginia. 

Johanna Schuchert, retired Executive Director for Prevent Child Abuse Virginia

Quick Links

The Virginia Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 1-800-552-7096

Call 911 if a child is in immediate danger

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