Advocacy

Welcome to the CHS Advocacy Blog! Our team is working hard to make systemic change to better the lives of children and youth with foster care experience. We will be posting here on a regular basis to keep you up to date on what’s happening at the General Assembly. In addition, we will post here to let you know when we need your help! If you want to stay up to date on legislation relating to foster care and adoption, or want to know when you could help our advocacy efforts, sign up for our advocacy blog!


Kicking Off Week 5 of the General Assembly 2020 Session!

We are about to start Week 5 of this General Assembly session and continue advocating for improved policies involving foster care, adoption and youth aging out of foster care. Here’s a look at where some of our priority bills stand heading into Week 5. Codifying Fostering Futures: The Senate has passed their version of this […]

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Foster Care Advocacy Day: A Huge Success!

Thank you to our families, team and partners for a very successful advocacy day today! With over 30 participants, we met with over 20 legislators and staff to share experiences and insights into foster care and adoption. Our families shared their experiences and how the General Assembly can work to solve some of the issues […]

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A Successful Week 2 Wraps up at the General Assembly!

This was a big week at the General Assembly for foster care related issues. On Wednesday, we joined Voices for Virginia’s Children as they led a Foster Youth Advocacy day. Almost 20 youth who have foster care or kinship care experience came down to the General Assembly to share their experiences and thoughts on pending […]

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Richmond Times-Dispatch: Foster Care Caucus plans to build on momentum in its second legislative session

We had a great time being a part of the Youth Foster Care and Kinship Care Advocacy Day on Wednesday! A huge thank you to our partner Voices for Virginia’s Children​ for organizing and hosting! We joined 16 youth with foster care and kinship care experience at the General Assembly to meet with legislators and […]

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What Happens When Youth Age Out of Foster Care? Presenting “Aged-Out: Finding Home”

What happens when youth age out of foster care?   Research shows that when youth are no longer supported by the traditional foster care system, and therefore age out of foster care, they are “at-risk” for devastating outcomes: 1 in 4 will be incarcerated within 2 years. 1 in 5 will be homeless within 2 […]

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2020 General Assembly Session has Begun!

We are excited that the 2020 General Assembly session began earlier this week! Being just a few days in, here’s a look at what’s to come over the next 60 days. Last year was an incredible year with the legislation that passed and we are expecting another big year for foster care, adoption and aging […]

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Panel of Experts Identifies Over 40 Policy Recommendations to Support Youth Who Have Aged Out of Foster Care!

As a part of The Possibilities Project, for over the past year we have worked with a panel of experts who has identified over 40 policy recommendations to improve life outcomes and support youth who age out of foster care. The TPP Panel of Experts, co-chaired by Senator Favola (D- 31st District) and Delegate Peace […]

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CBS6 Interviews CHS Staff for announcement of Panel of Experts Policy Recommendations

Nadine Marsh-Carter and Cassie Cunningham were interviewed by CBS reporter and multi-media journalist Cameron Thompson on Tuesday, the day we announced our much anticipated Policy Recommendations to the public. The policy recommendations, related to foster care system in Virginia and specifically to support who age out of the system were developed by our exceptional Panel […]

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Virginia Mercury interviews CHS Staff and Friends about Kinship Care: “They Forgot About Us.”

Here is an article by CHS friend Katie O’Connor published in The Virginia Mercury about KINSHIP CARE in Virginia. There has been renewed interest in improving policy for kinship programs to provide support for grandparents and others who officially adopt the children of family members. Laura Ash-Brackley, our Chief Programs Officer and Bruin Richardson, our […]

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Foster Care Omnibus Bill Passes the General Assembly!

GREAT NEWS! The Foster Care Omnibus Bill, SB1339, patroned by Senator Reeves, passed both the House and Senate today! This now just needs to be signed by the Governor before it will be enacted into law. We also know that the bill has funding in both the Senate and House current versions of the budget. […]

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