Virginia General Assembly – Learn all about Virginia’s Senate and House of Delegates and the legislative process. Use the Who’s My Legislator tool to identify your representatives, view their activities and access their contact information. Use the Lobbyist-in-a-Box tool to find and track bills that interest you. You can even view live webcasts from both chambers when they are in session.
Virginia Commission on Youth – The Virginia Commission on Youth is a bi-partisan legislative commission of the General Assembly. It provides a legislative forum in which complex issues related to youth and their families may be explored and resolved. For example, recently VCOY consulted with the Department of Education and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to review statewide policies and regulations related to the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.
Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success – The council assesses the health and educational needs of young children, and makes recommendations for their alignment and improvement. Its work is done in partnership with various state agencies, local schools and governments, the business community, service providers, and advocacy organizations. Visit the website for information about meetings and how to submit public comment.
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia – This non-profit, non-partisan organization emphasizes positive parenting practices as the antidote to child abuse and neglect. Their work includes public education, raising public awareness, professional training, and advocating for legislation and policies that benefit children and families. During every session of the Virginia General Assembly PCAV’s tracks and provides information on proposed legislation related to children and families.
Voices for Virginia’s Children – This statewide, non-partisan policy research and advocacy organization advocates for policies and practices that improve the lives of children. Voices conducts research, develops policies and supporting materials, and leads issue campaigns and coalitions. Voices also serves as the KIDS COUNT data center for the state of Virginia.
Prevent Child Abuse America – One of PCAA’s major focuses is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. Visit their website for policy updates, position statement, and research. Sign up for their email newsletter and receive info about new research, action alerts, and event info.
Child Welfare League of America – CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families. CWLA is a leader in child welfare advocacy. The Public Policy section of their website contains information on current policy issues, a legislation index, national and state-by-state data, and more.
First Focus – First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. First Focus has resources such as news articles, fact sheets, webinars, research, and reports on 15 different children’s issues. Their blog Voices for Kids is a great way to stay up to date on the latest developments in child policy.
National Conference of State Legislatures- Child Welfare – Find up to date information about federal and state child welfare policy developments. Useful resources include a legislative database, monthly newsletters featuring state news, trends and resources, and periodic legislative briefs.
Every Child Matters – ECM is a non-partisan organization working to make public investments in children, youth, and families a national priority. A great source for resources, information and state-specific data on the status of children and youth.
The Children’s Bureau – What’s New in Laws & Policies. This page provides resources and information about new federal legislation, regulations, and Children’s Bureau policies. This is a good resource for monitoring proposed policies and regulations.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Regulations and Administration on Children and Families- Regulations – Federal regulation or “rules” is one of the basic tools government uses to carry out public policy. Advocates play an important role in the rulemaking process by commenting on proposed rules to help shape the decisions the Department makes. Use these webpage to monitor proposed rules and submit comments.