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2022 Legislative Wrap-up!

May 5, 2022 •

Dear Voices Community – The 2022 legislative session has concluded! This year, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a FY23 budget adjustment that provides unprecedented support to the state’s hardworking families. We are pleased to report that a number of the policies we have fought f...

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Partnerships for child welfare

April 1, 2022 • Child Welfare

This op-ed was published by the CT Mirror and be viewed HERE. Volunteers can help professionals, families, and children themselves shape a better future. April —Child Abuse Prevention Month and Volunteer Appreciation Month— arrives during what is heralded as the “year of the child.”  It’...

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Juvenile justice reform: Many hurdles remain but still worth pursuing

March 16, 2022 • Juvenile Justice

by Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D. and Shannon Schrader Recent discourse on juvenile justice reform has focused on the increases in juvenile offending and the need to hold young offenders accountable for the crimes they have committed. At the same time, judicial rulings (e.g., “Graham v. Florida,” 2...

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It Is Our Stories That Connect Us

April 19, 2021 • Budget and Tax

“The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.” – Bell Hooks On June 5, 2020, my friends and I joined thousands of other protestors, fis...

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Connecticut Voices for Children Welcomes Leonard Jahad and Garth Harries to the Board

October 28, 2020 •

Dear Voices Community – I’m delighted to announce our newest board members: Leonard Jahad and Garth Harries! Leonard Jahad is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Violence Intervention Program (CT-VIP), where he supervises a team of outreach workers that mentor at-risk youth in New Have...

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Counselors Not Cops

Within the past year and a half, Connecticut Voices for Children has examined the factors that contribute to students facing punishment, exclusionary discipline, and arrest in school and the efficacy and prevalence of  School Resource Officers (SROs) in Connecticut. Through our research we’ve dis...

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Q & A Blog Series: Family Economic Security & More

Translación en español le sigue. In just a few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impacts on the lives of all Connecticut’s families and children.  A virus with no vaccine, no treatment, and no prior human exposures to enable us to develop some individual and herd immunity, it sweeps...

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Guest Post: Census 2020 – Connecticut’s avoidable fiscal problem

This op-ed was first published in the Connecticut Mirror. Connecticut is at risk of missing out on billions of dollars of federal revenue it should rightfully receive.  The reason: many state residents will needlessly be undercounted in the upcoming Census. Why is Connecticut poised for an undercou...

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All children and families deserve better than this

February 3, 2020 • Emerging Issues, Health

This op-ed was first published in the Connecticut Mirror. We are deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the revised public charge regulations. This rips the very fabric of who we are as a state and a country. All children and families —whether born in the United States o...

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