VOICES for Alabama’s Children was founded in 1992 in response to the need for a statewide, multi-issue child advocacy group to call attention to the needs of Alabama’s children.
A four-year Kids Count grant was awarded to the Alabama Power Foundation with VOICES for Alabama’s Children as a supporting organization. The Children’s Hospital of Alabama provided space for the new organization and Lynn Sampson became the organization’s first Executive Director.
The first Alabama Kids Count Data Book was published by the Alabama Power Foundation and distributed by VOICES for Alabama’s Children. Connie Wagnon also became the new Executive Director.
Linda Tilly became VOICES for Alabama’s Children’s third Executive Director and the organization moved to the state’s capital, Montgomery.
With a grant from the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, VOICES for Alabama’s Children began tracking legislation affecting children and families and holding bi-weekly UnitedVOICES meetings to discuss legislative strategies.
Played a key role in the establishment of the Statewide Child Death Review Process, resulting in a 22 percent decline in preventable child deaths after two years. The creation of and funding for ALL Kids was established, which provided access to health care for an average of 63,800 children a year.
With support from the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, VOICES for Alabama’s Children was able to launch its long held concentration on early childhood.
As VOICES for Alabama’s Children celebrated its 10th Anniversary, the Graduated Teen Driver’s Licensing law passed and contributed to a 29 percent decrease in teen deaths following implementation.
Played a key role in passage of The Foster Parents Bill of Rights, which provides rights to foster parents in order to help them more effectively care for the children they bring into their homes.
VOICES for Alabama’s Children celebrates the passage of the Child Passenger Safety law which helped reduce preventable child deaths by 23 percent. Additionally, VOICES for Alabama’s Children founded the Alabama School Readiness Alliance (ASRA) along with several partners including A+ Education, Alabama Giving and Alabama Partnership for Children.
On January 23, 2007, Dr. Jim Dearth was honored by VOICES for Alabama’s Children with the Champion for Children Award for his strong commitment to children in Alabama. Dr. Dearth and the Alabama Power Foundation played key roles in the establishment of VOICES for Alabama’s Children.
Played a key role in the Juvenile Justice Act of 2008 passage, which reduced the number of incarcerated youth for low-risk, non-violent offenses by 64 percent.
VOICES for Alabama’s Children honored Governor Bob Riley and First Lady Patsy Riley, with the 2011 Champion for Children Award for their contributions to the well-being of children in Alabama.
Melanie Bridgeforth appointed as new Executive Director of VOICES for Alabama’s Children.
VOICES for Alabama’s Children launched the First Annual Child Advocacy Day, bringing together hundreds of advocates from across the state!
In 2015, VOICES for Alabama’s Children led a 100-plus member coalition of state and local advocates in a successful advocacy campaign, resulting in Governor Robert Bentley signing the state’s Healthy Food Financing Act. The Act moves us one step closer to improving access to fresh, healthy food options for the 1.8 million Alabama residents – including nearly half a million children – with limited access to grocers and other fresh food retailers.
VOICES for Alabama’s Children fought alongside business and philanthropic partners to secure an additional $16 million in funding for Alabama’s First Class Pre-K Program, which provided access to 2,800 more four-year-olds.
VOICES for Alabama’s Children launched an historic legislative campaign in an attempt to regulate child care in Alabama.