January 01, 2020

VPM highlights the lasting value of Hugs & Kisses

As the longest running musical play in Virginia Repertory Theatre's history, "Hugs & Kisses" has been seen by over 1.2. million elementary age students in Virginia over the last 36 years. Learn how the play teaches valuable life lessons that have changed the lives of the children that see it.

Debut of Families Forward in Richmond Times-Dispatch

The  debut of Families Forward  was profiled in this November 16, 2017 Richmond Times-Dispatch article. 

"Statewide, the three individual organizations — plus their local affiliated groups — served about 10,000 families. With the home visiting program, it served almost 5,700 families. Now that all three organizations have been merged into one, Specter-Dunaway said a big goal is expanding their reach. There are more than 100,000 families in Virginia in need, she said, which means that Families Forward really only touches about 10 percent of those. The group’s annual budget is about $5.2 million, and about $3 million of that goes to more than 60 affiliates across the state that provide services locally."

Community Foundation Blog Announces Merger

A profile of Families Forward was featured in The Community Foundation's ConnectVA November 29, 2017 blog.

"Lisa explained that the affiliates supported by Families Forward (CHIP, Circle of Parents, Healthy Families, Parents as Teachers and local chapters of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia) will continue to provide their model specific services and public education. 'All of our community-based programs will continue to support families the same way they have done in the past. In local communities, the brands have equity, and communities have selected specific programming for specific reasons,' said Lisa. 'Families Forward isn’t asking communities to do anything differently, but instead plans to provide additional infrastructure and support to help strengthen the affiliate organizations to provide the best care possible.' "

JLARC Highlights Impact of Home Visiting Richmond Times-Dispatch

Four of the home visiting programs in the Families Forward statewide network were highlighted in the December 2017 Richmond Times-Dispatch article about a new school readiness study conducted by JLARC on behalf of the General Assembly.


The article cites home visiting as part of the solution for improving Virginia’s early childhood programs. Excerpt from the Richmond Times-Dispatch article:

“The study also generally gives high marks to seven home-visiting programs that aid thousands of expecting mothers and families in addressing risky behavior and improving the odds for children to succeed in the classroom. 'Participants often have better outcomes than those who do not participate, both nationwide and in Virginia,' the report states.”  

Merger Announced in Henrico Citizen

The December 7, 2017 issue of the Henrico Citizen featured an article about the debut of Families Forward. 

Merger Announced in Richmond BizSense

This Richmond BizSense article featured the appointment of Lisa Specter-Dunaway as CEO of Families Forward.  

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