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!


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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Week 6 Recap: Some Foster Care Bills Have Passed Both the Senate and the House!

We’ve wrapped up the second to last week of session and have some big news! Some of the bills we support have passed both the House and Senate and are now waiting to be signed into law by the Governor. For the bills that have not yet passed both chambers, there’s still another week for […]

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Week 6: Midweek Update from the General Assembly

We are in the middle of the second to last week of General Assembly session and while we’ve made great progress, there is still a lot to be done! Here’s an update on where the relevant bills are in the process. There’s great news on the credit freeze bills! HB1730, patroned by Delegate Brewer, and […]

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Week 5 Recap from the General Assembly

Since Crossover, we are happy to see the bills we support continuing to move through the legislative process. With just two weeks left in session, we’ll continue to support these bills and push for them to pass both chambers of the General Assembly. Here’s where we ended up at the end of this week. SB1339, […]

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Mid-Session Report from the General Assembly

We’re halfway through this session of the General Assembly and thought now would be a good time to pause and update you on what’s made it through each chamber. Today is crossover day – that means that after today the House can only consider bills that originated in the Senate and vice versa, the Senate […]

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Updates from the Start of Week 5 at the General Assembly

We are thrilled to see so much progress towards helping youth in foster care and youth who have aged out of foster care this General Assembly session. Here’s a brief update on some movement we’ve seen since our latest post. SB1339, patroned by Senator Reeves and known as the Foster Care Omnibus bill, passed the […]

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Week 4 Midweek Updates from the General Assembly

With the House and Senate coming out with their budgets this coming Sunday, we’ve had a lot of movement of some of the bills we support in Senate Finance and House Appropriations this week! Here’s a quick update on some of the bills that have progressed further through the legislative process so far this week. […]

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