Virginia organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Virginia organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here.

Alexandria/Arlington CASA
Blue Ridge CASA for Children
CASA of Central Virginia
Families Forward Virginia/Prevent Child Abuse Virginia
FOCUS on Youth / CASA
Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)
Healthy Families Partnership, Inc.
Healthy Start
Impact Living Services
Institute of Forgiveness
Lutheran Family Services of Virginia
Nolef Turns Inc.
SCAN of Northern Virginia
Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Voices for Virginia’s Children

Commissioner of Virginia Department of Social Services Letter to Congress

In this letter Commissioner Duke Storen urges supports for federal funding including:

  • $1 billion for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Grants to help states and local organizations better meet the increased need for child abuse prevention programs and adapt services to account for social distancing.
  • $500 million for CAPTA Title I to help ensure child welfare agencies’ response, investigations, and interventions of child abuse and neglect are not dangerously upended.
  • An increase in FMAP for Title IV-E Prevention Program to help make affordable mental health and substance disorder services and other interventions that support family stabilization and keep children safe but out of foster care.
  • An increase to the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is needed to help states fill in gaps to critical services including child protective services, child abuse prevention supports, domestic violence services, and foster care.

Letter here.