CHILDREN + FAMILIES

The massive, bipartisan foster care system overhaul proposed this session after a scathing report was released in December passed the General Assembly without a single 'no' vote from either chamber.Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, sponsored the legislation, with 39 senators signing on to co-sponsor. Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, carried the $2.8...
Both the House and Senate have passed a bill that would ramp up the state's surveillance of maternal mortality.The legislation, sponsored by Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, establishes the maternal mortality review team and tasks the Department of Health with reviewing the rate of pregnancy-related deaths in Virginia.It also requires...
To help make up for the unusual timing of benefit releases around the government shut down, the Virginia Department of Social Services will release some benefits to its clients early for the month of March.Typically, DSS issues the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits on a staggered basis,...
In 1985, a low-income family of three getting cash assistance from the state would receive an average of $291 a month. If that amount kept pace with inflation, it would be $676 today."However, a three-person Virginia family is only getting $314 a month on average," said Salaam Bhatti, a...
Paulette Trimmer was excited when her 18-year-old son's counselor asked her to sit in on a therapy session. She was proud. She thought it was a good sign."I didn't have a clue that I was going into a den of wolves," she told the Virginia Board of Counseling on...
As lawmakers scrambled to finalize budget bills and reporters chased the latest revelations surrounding racist yearbook photos and blackface (today's chapter: Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment), hundreds of abortion opponents rallied on the steps of the Capitol on Thursday, hoping to return the conversation to last week's outrage...
A partisan debate fueled by election-year ferocity reared up in Virginia's House of Delegates on Wednesday over legislation related to late-term abortions when a mother's life or health is in danger — a practice that is already legal in Virginia under certain circumstances.A video of Del. Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax,...
During the course of their time in foster care, some children might pass through multiple foster homes and interact with a variety of adults, potentially placing their personal information at risk.A bill sponsored by Del. Emily Brewer, R-Suffolk, is aiming to eliminate that problem by freezing the youths' credit...
By Jayla Marie McNeill/ Capital News ServiceA Senate committee has killed a bill to remove gender-specific pronouns from parentage laws. The legislation would have made state laws more inclusive of same-sex couples, while also reflecting federal law.“Our code is out of compliance,” said Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, who introduced...
A House subcommittee took up two bills Tuesday that would expand access to benefits for those with past drug convictions, voting one down and allowing another to squeeze by with a major amendment.One piece of legislation, proposed by Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington, would have lifted the federally-imposed ban on...