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.
March 31, 2021
Wear Blue to Celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month!
Plant a Pinwheel for Prevention while supporting our work of disrupting the cycles of child abuse, neglect and poverty two generations at a time. In these unusual times, preventing child abuse and neglect are especially important, even if we can't physically plant pinwheels together. That's why this year's pinwheel garden is virtual and nationwide!
Donate and plant a pinwheel in support of #GrowingBetterTogether!
December 11, 2020
Home Visiting Families Need Your Help
Congress is poised to introduce a bipartisan emergency COVID relief package on Tuesday. Unlike prior proposals, it DOES NOT currently include funding for MIECHV.
Please take a minute to reach out to your Congressional delegation TODAY and urge them to prioritize $100M in relief funding for MIECHV home visiting in the next emergency stimulus package.
August 31, 2020
Help Children & Families with a Few Keystrokes
Right now, our elected leaders are in Richmond discussing and making decisions about children and families. The three topics for the special session are: COVID-19, State Budget and Criminal Justice Reform. Both the House and Senate are revisiting the entire state budget AND debating and discussing bills. Help people you serve by emailing legislators and asking them to prioritize children and families in the state budget.
June 12, 2020
Parents Reveal Safety as Top Concern as Virginia Reopens
Families Forward Virginia along with Voices for Virginia’s Children and the Virginia PTA announced the results of their parent survey on child care. The survey, offered in English and Spanish, was conducted May 12-17 and had 880 responses from parents and caregivers of children ages 0 to 13 across Virginia.
August 20, 2021
Updated Face-Covering Guidance
We’ve seen workplace safety guidelines from federal, state and local authorities change rapidly in response to the highly transmittable Covid-19 Delta variant, which is why we’re asking all of our affiliates and community partners to reinstitute face-covering requirements, if you haven’t already done so, to protect both yourselves and the children and families you serve.
January 22, 2021
Jamia Crockett Selected as Next CEO
We’re excited to share that the Families Forward Board of Directors has selected Jamia Crockett as our next Chief Executive Officer!
After wrapping up her time at Mary Washington Healthcare, Jamia will officially join Families Forward as CEO the third week of February.
October 23, 2020
GA Budget Changes Affecting Virginia Families
The House and Senate have finally agreed on changes to the 2020-2022 state budget. The conference budget now goes to the Governor’s office where he will be able to propose amendments during a reconvened session in November.
Here are updates on this Conference Budget affecting our 2020 Policy Agenda.
August 27, 2020
Lots at Stake for Children and Families During Special Session
Our elected leaders came to Richmond last week for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly and we’ve been advocating for you and the families you serve, so we want to share an update. All meetings are virtual in terms of citizen participation/input and you need to register to speak in advance.
June 5, 2020
Raising our voices alongside those who have been silenced because Black Lives Matter
Families Forward Virginia has worked to build healthier, stronger, more self-sufficient families by disrupting the cycles of child abuse, neglect and poverty two generations at a time. That’s because for far too many generations, families have been held down and held back through inequity and institutional racism. That’s why we’re at the table influencing more policies, programs and legislation that help children and parents build strong, resilient families.
April 21, 2021
Help Children thru Digital Advocacy Day!
Join us and Prevent Child Abuse America in contacting your lawmakers and urging them to act now to reauthorize the bipartisan Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and increase funding for this important program.
December 21, 2020
GA Virtual Visits with Parents - Advocacy Days
Governor Northam announced his package of budget changes on Dec. 16th. We have a lot of work to do in restoring funding for Home Visiting as a Medicaid supported program.
September 3, 2020
Families Forward 2021 Organizational Update
And now it is time for me to explore what is next, I’ll be leaving Families Forward in December. The Board of Directors will lead the search for my replacement and the Families Forward Leadership Team and I will support them in every way possible to ensure a thorough search and the selection of someone who will continue our good work and who will support our culture. During this time, the services and support we provide will continue per normal, or as normal as working during a pandemic can be.
July 20, 2020
New (Fiscal) Year Brings Hope, Challenges for Families
Our work depends on relationships with families, learning together, face to face. How does that work during a pandemic? We’ve gone from in person to completely virtual operations, including: ...