D.J. Jordan Releases Policy Agenda to Help Vulnerable Children and Families
Former State Social Services Board Chair Outlines Ideas for Foster Care, Human Trafficking, Poverty, and Criminal Justice
WOODBRIDGE, VA – House of Delegates candidate, D.J. Jordan, today released a set of policy ideas that will help vulnerable children and families in Prince William and Fauquier Counties, as well as Virginians across the Commonwealth. As National Foster Care Month comes to an end, D.J. released this set of guiding principles for foster care, human trafficking, poverty, and criminal justice, if he is elected in November. CLICK HERE to read the policy agenda.
“Our nation, state, and local communities are only as strong as our families,” said Jordan. “I am running to help create more opportunities for all Virginia families to succeed, no matter where they start out in life, and I believe these policies will help. May our state government be judged not simply by how much money we spend on assistance programs, but rather if these programs actually work to help people escape poverty or vulnerable situations, to reach their full potential.”
“D.J. Jordan’s ‘Vulnerable Children and Families’ agenda has some of the best reforms to protect at-risk children that I’ve ever seen from a House of Delegates candidate,” said former Governor Bob McDonnell. “This is exactly why, as governor, I appointed D.J. to serve on the Virginia Board of Social Services. I hope citizens from Prince William and Fauquier Counties will realize they have an opportunity to elect a fighter for them in the General Assembly.”
In 2013, D.J. was appointed by former Governor McDonnell to serve a four-year term on the Virginia State Board of Social Services, which oversees the foster care system and welfare programs in Virginia. During the last year of his term, D.J. was unanimously voted to serve as its Chairman, even as the majority of the 11-member Board was made up of appointees of Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe. On the Board, D.J. advocated for policies that support foster children, encourage responsible fatherhood, crack down on welfare fraud, and ensure anti-poverty programs lead to self-sufficiency.
For several years, D.J. has been a member of the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, which is a national bipartisan organization focused on creating innovative and practical solutions to problems in the criminal justice system. D.J. has served in the community as a volunteer with the Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative, and on the Board of Directors of Virginia’s Kids Belong, a nonprofit that helps foster children. D.J. and his wife, Glorya, have four children, and have fostered and also adopted from foster care.
“As a teacher, I work with at-risk kids on a daily basis and see the consequence of family instability,” said Kyle McGlotten, a teacher at Liberty High School and Lord Fairfax Community College. “Our state government must do more to help strengthen families because it puts our young people in a better position to succeed, and these proposals will help do just that.”
“After meeting with D.J. and reviewing his policy agenda, it is evident that he ‘gets it’, ” said Bill Woolf, Executive Director of a nonprofit called Just Ask Trafficking Prevention. “D.J. understands the threats to young people in our communities and is prepared to develop and implement solutions to human trafficking and other forms of exploitation.”
Out of all states and territories in the United States, Virginia ranks sixth for the most human trafficking cases on federal court dockets, according to the Human Trafficking Institute.
“As a member of the Social Services Advisory Board, I have found that D.J.’s concern for vulnerable families and his leadership ability has been an immeasurable resource to our community,” said Scott Connelly, member of the Prince William County Social Services Advisory Board. “Improving outcomes for vulnerable children will reduce the need for foster care, reduce the number of children who are trafficked, and reduce the number of teens that leave the system and become homeless.”