Raising awareness is crucial to ending the foster care crisis. Many people do not even know just how serious this issue is, and it's never too soon to speak up!
Below are ways to become more informed on the issues in foster care AND concrete ways to begin advocating for change.
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Raising awareness is at least half of the solution, since it takes the average person 8x to hear about a social issue to act.
Contact your state legislator about the foster care reforms that are being considered. In simple terms, tell them how important it is to you to spend the necessary time and money to provide appropriate support for kinship and foster families and the vulnerable kids they serve.
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Here are some recent news articles about current efforts to reform the system.
Read the 2018 JLARC Report (or its much shorter Executive Summary) to familiarize yourself more with the current state of affairs in Virginia's foster care system.
Learn more about the 2022 Safe and Sound Taskforce to familiarize yourself more with the current efforts to improve Virginia's foster care system.
Work with VKB to host a gathering at your home or business to raise awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families in Virginia, as well as including people who do not plan to foster or adopt but also want to be part of the solution.