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Supporting Foster Care Children and Families

(Dec 21, 2015) This show looks at the Foster Care system in Northern Virginia, the programs available to serve children and to support foster care parents as well as finding permanent families for children and adolescents. Guests from the Fairfax County Department of Family Services are Kamonya Omatete, Program Manager for the Foster Care and…

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The Future of Women in Virginia Politics – Inside Scoop

Virginia has a weak track record in electing women to office. Women make up less than 18% of the legislature, there are no women elected to statewide office (only one has ever been elected – Mary Sue Terry in 1989 as Attorney General), and there is only one woman Representative out of 11 Congressional Districts…

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Transgender Non-Discrimination Policy – Inside Scoop

Catherine Read discusses the issues affecting the transgender community here in Virginia with guests James Parrish, Executive Director of Equality Virginia; Rev. Emma Chattin of Metropolitan Community Church; Roxanne Edwards, Co-Founder of Second Fridays and Fourth Fridays; Sara Simone of Fairfax; and Laura Curtis and her transgender teen Nathan. Topics range from business leadership on…

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A More Beautiful Question – Warren Berger

“Organizations gravitate toward the questions they ask.” And that applies to countries, communities, families and individuals. We all live in the world our questions create. This is according to David Cooperrider, PhD, a professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University. I loved every aspect of this book. Author Warren Berger has done deep…

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SPARC – Specially Adapted Resource Clubs

(June 9, 2015) Catherine Read talks with Donna Goldbranson, Executive Director of SPARC (Specially Adapted Resource Clubs) and Lee Ann Caulkins, Director of SPARC Connects. The community of adults with disabilities continues to search for ways to integrate with the larger social community. This means finding ways of getting people with a variety of challenges¬†engaged…

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Decoding Dyslexia Virginia – Inside Scoop

Dyslexia is a diagnosis that has been known for decades. Many school systems have defaulted to a “wait to fail” model of education that hinges on a waiting until a learning disability can no longer be ignored. There are simple and inexpensive methods for screening all incoming students for dyslexia. The Fairfax County Public School…

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The Fight for Affordable Housing in Fairfax

(April 6, 2015) Catherine Read discusses Affordable Housing with Lisa Whetzel, the Executive Director of the non-profit Our Daily Bread, and with Ken McMillon of the Copmmunity Action Advisory Board. With numerous redevelopment projects in Fairfax City being presented for City Council approval, the issue of those displaced must be addressed.

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Regulating Child Care in Virginia – Part II

(Feb. 9, 2015) This is a follow up show to one that aired on December 15, 2014, regarding the regulation of child care homes in Virginia. Mary Cobb Braxton and Kandy Hilliard discuss some of the legislative hurdles on the day before crossover in the Virginia General Assembly. We discuss proposed bills and legislation that…

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