Children

CASA Seeks Volunteers

Mar 17, 2016

The Roanoke Valley CASA office, along with chapters all across the state and nationwide, is looking for a few good volunteers. All that’s required is having a heart for children who’ve had it hard.

CASA is a national initiative providing “Court Appointed Special Advocates.”  Community Outreach Coordinator Kristin Tadlock Bell says these are people who speak up in the best interest of children in the juvenile court system.

Virginia Could Build Two New Prisons for Kids

Jan 11, 2016
VA Dept. of Juvenile Justice

On any given day, the state of Virginia is dealing with about 5,000 kids who’ve broken the law.  Some are on probation or parole.  Others are in community programs, but about 400 are locked up.  Eighty percent of them end up committing new crimes within three years of being released.  Now, lawmakers in Richmond will debate reforming the juvenile justice system by building two new detention centers.

http://www.vachildrensbookfestival.com/blog/

The Virginia Children's Book Festival is an opportunity to engage children in books and foster a love of reading. The festival is October 16 and 17th. 

    

Brook Hill Farm

One of the greatest challenges for children who are abused, neglected and at-risk is finding a path to help them recover and become healthy, happy and productive. In a way, that's also what Jo Anne Miller at Brook Hill Farm Horse Rescue has been doing for abandoned and abused horses. Miller, a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, runs a program called United Neigh where at-risk youth age 12-18 work with the horses that, in turn, help the children.

VA's Preschool Initiative

Aug 25, 2015
File Photo/ AP/Ted S. Warren

A special joint subcommittee of state lawmakers has been carefully examining Virginia’s preschool initiative to determine how such programs can be improved.  

The Delegates and Senators heard testimony indicating that high-quality preschool instruction can close the cognitive gap between rich and poor children by 40 percent long-term.  

From birth, the brain forms 42,000 new connections per minute—which build its architecture. Very early experiences establish either a sturdy or fragile foundation for all cumulative development and learning.

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