Rights As An Adult
So you're 18 is an interactive website, created by the Virginia State Bar and the Conference of Local Bar Associations, to help you understand some of your rights and obligations as an adult and to help you avoid some of the pitfalls. You also can visit the official website for a related handbook.
Advocates for Richmond Youth
Currently, there are several challenges to serving homeless youth in Richmond: a lack of resources, long waiting lists for the few resources that are available, and a lack of information on how big the issue of homelessness among Richmond’s youth really is. Advocates for Richmond Youth has collected important information from youth and service providers to better understand how the system works and what we can do to get the help we need to move forward in addressing youth homelessness in our community. We use our research to take action to affect change in our community, including providing training for service providers who work with youth!
Resources by Topic
Identification for GED Testing
For McKinney-Vento students, the GED Identification Form can be presented if all the information (date of birth, address, signature, and the student's picture) is included in place of a driver's license.
If you have a driver's license or identification card issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, you can complete and submit your voter registration application online by accessing the State Board of Elections website. If you have any specific questions about voter registration, call the State Board of Elections at (800) 552-9745.
American Citizenship and Immigration
call (800) 375-5283 [TD (800) 767-1833]
If you have consumer questions, you could contact:
- Virginia Division of Consumer Affairs of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs (804) 786-3523
- State Corporation Commission's Division of Energy Regulation (for utility complaints) (804) 371-9611
- Virginia Bureau of Insurance (804) 371-9741
- Local Chamber of Commerce
You can request and obtain a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies, such as AnnualCreditReport.com. You also can request your credit report by mail by filling out the request form and mailing it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. You also can order your free report by calling (877) 322-8228. Ordering reports by phone or by mail is recommended to avoid impostor websites and identity theft.
You can get detailed information and guidance on applying for a policy at here.
Protect Yourself from Abusive Relationship
Domestic or relationship abuse is a very serious issue, and the first step is to seek help from an outside resource, which may be the police or an advocacy group in your area that addresses domestic violence. Check your local Yellow Pages or call the local police department for the number of a resource group that can provide you with further information on your opinions.
- The Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline (for family violence and sexual assault)
- Call (800) 838-8238
- Child Protective Services Hotline for Virginia (for child abuse and neglect)
- Call (800) 552-7096
- Adult Protective Service (for elder and disabled adult abuse and neglect)
- Call (888) 83-ADULT or (888) 832-3858
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Call (800) 799-SAFE or (800) 799-7233 (voice) or (800) 787-3224 (TTY)