CHILDREN + FAMILIES

In the wake of the General Assembly's push to reform Virginia's foster care system this year, legislators seem poised to maintain the momentum into future sessions.Virginia's Commission on Youth held a foster care seminar for legislators on Monday, with presenters covering everything from how the current system works to...
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission’s searing December report on foster care in Virginia launched a reform effort that has so far funneled millions of dollars toward the system.But foster care was just the most recent area within social services that the watchdog agency scrutinized. In 2020, it...
Between 2013 and 2017, the number of refugees entering Virginia crept up until it topped 4,200, more than double the number who entered the state just four years earlier.But in 2018, the number plummeted to its lowest in six years, leaving some resettlement agencies scrambling and causing at least...
A proposed federal act introduced last week would "boost financial security" for more than a million Virginia families, according to a new analysis from the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.The Working Families Tax Relief Act would expand both the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Currently,...
For Virginia to get all the federal money possible for a host of programs covering health, housing, transportation and schools, among other areas, every possible resident will need to be counted in the 2020 census.It's a hard task, given that the Census Bureau has been underfunded on the federal...
FLOYD — Becky Silvey has seen it all.The Franklin County mother has raised three children who have faced challenges ranging from addiction to autism to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She’s struggled with a troubled marriage while navigating the school and criminal justice systems to advocate for her children. At one point,...
So far, Virginia has been spared from the blossoming measles outbreaks that have spread to 15 states, the second-largest number seen in the U.S. since the disease was eliminated in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Public health officials say they're always on high alert for...
A new guidance document banning conversion therapy on minors by licensed psychologists is just a month away from becoming effective.Virginia's Board of Psychology recently concluded a 30-day public comment period that generated more than 500 comments on the proposed guidance. The majority were in favor of banning the practice...
Carlos Johnson knows better than most how often the foster care system is overlooked in Virginia. But he makes an important distinction: those kids aren't forgotten, he said."You have to know about something before you forget about it," said Johnson, who spent four years in the foster care system...
Corrine Fizer/ Capital News Service In response in part to the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, Virginia will have a new law on July 1 requiring priests, ministers, rabbis and other clergy members to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Gov. Ralph Northam has signed into...