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May 11, 2020

Supporting Children Protects Children in Times of Crisis

Lisa Specter-Dunaway, CEO of Families Forward Virginia, shines a light on the hidden victims of the pandemic: children who are at risk of abuse and neglect. While social distancing measures have been effective at flattening the curve, they have also increased the social isolation of our most vulnerable families and children. Read more in her op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

March 28, 2018

Media Event Alert: Child Abuse Prevention Month Press Event 2 pm, April 2, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018, 2 to 2:45 pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, VA 

Present Proclamation Designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Plant the 3500th Pinwheel in the 2018 Child Abuse Prevention Pinwheel Garden (near the Rose Garden)



March 28, 2018

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, held annually in April, the focus is on prevention programs which strengthen Virginia communities and families so that all children can experience safe, nurturing childhoods.


“All parents need and benefit from resources, help and support.  Parents and caregivers can call our 800CHILDREN helpline (call 800.244.5373 or text 804.349.5595) for free, personalized information about any parenting-related topic or issue, anytime, day or night,” said Lisa Specter-Dunaway, CEO of Families Forward Virginia.....

November 15, 2017

Families Forward Merger Press Release

November 15, 2017

Specter-Dunaway Named CEO Families Forward

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