Founded in 1994, Voices for Virginia’s Children is the commonwealth’s only independent, multi-issue child policy and advocacy organization. We are home to the KIDS COUNT data center for Virginia, which includes more than 200 state- and locality-level indicators on child well-being over time. Using this data and our independent policy research, we determine unmet needs and threats to child well-being, recommend sound policy solutions, provide objective input to policymakers, and educate and mobilize leaders and concerned citizens to support policy initiatives. We are particularly focused on children whose needs are often overlooked, concentrating our efforts on policies in the areas of early childhood, foster care and adoption, health and mental health, and family economic security.
Voices advocates for public policy solutions that address the problems facing some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children. Our work focuses on improving outcomes in early care and education, foster care and juvenile justice, mental health and health, and family economic security. The changes in laws and funding for which we advocate allow those working on the ground with children and families to conduct their work more effectively. As a result, Virginia’s children experience better outcomes.
For more than 20 years, Voices has been home to the KIDS COUNT Data Center for Virginia, tracking multiple indicators of the well-being of Virginia’s children and using that information to identify unmet needs and inform policy recommendations. Because we update this information annually, we are able to produce historical trend data across a variety of indicators, including those related to economic well-being, health, education, family and community.