Delaney Dispatch 2/2/18

 
 
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                  The Delaney Dispatch                

Dear Friend,

Having worked with children in the foster care system, I have seen first hand the impact that displacement has on a child. The act of removing a child from their home can be traumatic and can affect the mental well-being of the child. When finding a placement for a child, advocates and the courts try to identify family members who can take them in. Far too often, these family members are grandparents or other relatives who are not financially secure enough to take on the costs associated with supporting a child and they are then directed into the foster care system. 

The need for kinship guardianship assistance has brought about bipartisan attention. I am proud to work with Delegate Emily Brewer and am chief co-patron on her bill, House Bill 1333, which would provide the same financial assistance given to foster parents to those providing kinship care. You can read an article covering the importance of Delegate Brewer's and my bills on the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program by clicking here.

This bill has the potential to change the long-term health of many children in the Commonwealth and will contribute to the stability of hundreds of children's lives. I look forward to working with my colleague from across the aisle as we advocate to secure funding for kinship guardianship. 

As always, I am here for you and because of you, so please do not hesitate to contact me at 804-698-1067 or DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov with any questions or concerns you may have. 

 
Humbly Yours, 


 

 
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See You at My Office Hours:
 
I invite you to the Chantilly Regional Library on February 3rd from 11 am - 1 pm for my first set of office hours. Office hours will allow you to express your concerns or comments on what's happening during the 2018 General Assembly session and within the District. 
 
Where: Chantilly Regional Library (4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151)
 
When: Saturday, February 3rd from 11 AM - 1 PM
 
To ensure that I am able to see everyone, I kindly ask that you sign-up for a time slot by clicking here
 
If you are not able to attend but wish to share your concerns and comments, please contact my Richmond office at 804-698-1067 or DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov
 
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
 
Thank You For Stopping By!
 
I want to thank everyone who visited my office this week. It is always a pleasure to meet with constituents and advocacy groups. If you are planning a trip to Richmond during the legislative session, please be sure to reach out to my office. I would thoroughly enjoy having you as my guest, providing you with tours of the Capitol and inviting you to sit in the Gallery during session. 
 

Virginia Professional Educators

On the Road Collaboration

SEIU Virginia 512

Stephen Vandivere, 67th District Residents, and Virginia Conservation Network Advocate 

My First Floor Speech:

This afternoon, I defended my first bill on the House Floor. House Bill 727 ensures that our rail and public transit systems, which are regulated by the Federal Transit Authority, continue to have protections under the Freedom of Information Act. This bill conforms the current Virginia Code with updated Federal Transit Authority regulations which will continue to protect the identities of victims of rail accidents and any sensitive details about the system until the conclusion of the investigation. 

I am proud to support a bill which protects the integrity of our rail systems and safety of the Commonwealth. 

 
Advocating for Our Children: 

Today I defended two bills, House Bill 109 and House Bill 1419, which would strengthen our educational system and ensure that our children are provided with a learning  environment where they can thrive.

House Bill 109 would require the three remaining localities that have not implemented full-day kindergarten for all students to develop a plan to fund and phase in full-day kindergarten for each student in the school division and submit it to the General Assembly before the 2019 regular session.

Unfortunately, this bill failed to report out of subcommittee. But I am hopeful that it will be supported in the years to come. 

House Bill 1419 modifies the current Department of Education standards and allows for greater flexibility in the school's schedule and instructor requirements. This flexibility would allow students up to twenty more minutes of unstructured time a day, allowing students to increase focus and enhance their learning experience. I am proud to say that this bill was referred to full committee with unanimous support.

Advocates Raising Hands in Support Of HB 1419

Thank you to More Recess for Virginians, Virginia PTA, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, VOICES for Virginia's Children and many others for supporting House Bill 1419 and advocating for children. 

It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to present these solutions to my colleagues at the General Assembly and to advocate for our children. I hope that our momentum continues and that we secure more recess for our youth. 

 

 

Delegate-Elect Karrie Delaney
PO BOX 231023 Centreville, VA 20120
District Phone Number: 703-996-9415
Richmond Office Phone Number: 804-698-1076