CHILDREN + FAMILIES

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...
More than four years later, Diane Franklin's children still choke up when they describe what happened to their mother.It was Dec. 13, 2015, and as she approached Franklin's apartment in a Charlottesville independent living community, Jackie Carney could already smell urine.Franklin had been trapped there for four days, her...
Year after year, Virginia's adult protective services workers see more cases of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation — a problem that promises to intensify as the number of older people grows and the state's caseworkers struggle to keep up with demanding workloads.In the 2018 fiscal year, there were nearly...
In Virginia, black women are three times more likely to suffer a pregnancy-related death than white women, reflecting a national pattern of racial disparities in maternal health outcomes.Each year in America, more than 700 women die during or soon after pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and...
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...