March 2, 2017- Securing a Future for Formed Families webinar
Join us for the first of our “March Madness Media” webinar series. Tia Marsili of The Arc of Northern Virginia will share strategies for supported decision making and guardianship. Long range financial planning strategies including special needs trusts will be addressed as well. Free. Download the Securing a Future webinar FLYER HERE.REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR
March 6, 2017- Plotting the Path: A Graduation Requirement Update from the Virginia Department of Education webinar
Our second March Madness Media webinar features Marianne Moore, Transition Specialist in the Office of Special Education Program Improvement at VDOE. She will share the latest about high school graduation requirements including the new Applied Studies Diploma, credit accommodations, and the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. Download the Plotting the Path webinar FLYER HERE.REGISTER FOR THE ‘PLOTTING THE PATH’ WEBINAR
March 15, 2017- Getting to Work: The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Students with Disabilities webinar
Our third March Madness Media webinar is presented by Jean Steveson, Director of Transition Services with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, who will explain the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its benefits for students with disabilities, including the Pre-Employment Transition Services (PreETS). Download the Getting to Work webinar FLYER HERE.REGISTER FOR THE WIOA WEBINAR
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support groups have returned!
Formed Families Forward is pleased to offer peer support groups for teens and young adults. Stronger Together support groups meet during the school year in Fairfax. Parents and caregivers meet separately. Let us know if you may be interested in participating in the youth and young adult group or the parent and caregiver support group that meets at the same time. Download Stronger Together FLYER HERE.Learn More
Professional Workshop What Really Works (and What Doesn’t) for Challenging Kids on Friday, April 28
Join Dr. Bruce Thyer, author of Science and Pseudoscience in Social Work Practice, for a practical and enlightening half-day workshop for social work, counseling, education and other professionals. Download Professional Workshop FLYER HERE.Register for Workshop
Spring Forward Family Fun Day Registration is Open
Foster, adoptive and kinship families are invited to our 4th annual Spring Forward Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Providence Community Center, Fairfax (near the Vienna metro station). Download the Spring Forward FLYER HERE.Register for Spring Forward
May 17 – Control the Clutter: Piles into Files workshop
Do some spring cleaning of your educational and medical records! FFF hosts parent, author and Lyme disease expert Marjorie MacArthur Veiga for an evening workshop in Fairfax. Learn high- and low-tech strategies for setting reminders, managing tasks, tracking symptoms and events and other management tools. Download the Piles into Files FLYER HERE.Register for Piles into Files
Formed Families Northern Virginia Resource Directory
Our jam-packed 2016-2017 edition of the Resource Directory can be downloaded right HERE.
2016 Tax Guidance for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The Tax Institute at H & R Block has released a fact sheet specifically for grandparent caregivers. Find the tax fact sheet HERE.
New Transition Guide for Students with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education just released a new guide covering transition planning, transition services, and post-secondary education and employment options. Download the Transition Guide HERE.
Parent and Educator Guide on Section 504 now available
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 offers protections such as access to accommodations for some children and youth with disabilities in public schools and other programs. The US Department of Education has just released a Parent and Educator Guide to Section 504 to help families and professionals understand and implement Section 504. Download the Section 504 Resource Guide.
Discipline and Behavior Clarifications from US Department of Education
In August, the US Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter clarifying schools’ responsibilities and opportunities to support children and youth with behavioral challenges thahttp://formedfamiliesforward.org/essa-and-formed-families/t impact education. Great information for families and educators!
Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care Toolkit, webinar series and ESSA regulations available now
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. An ESSA Toolkit from the Legal Center on Foster Care and Education covers the requirements for educational stability for children and youth in foster care. The US Departments of Education and HHS have guidance on how to implement the requirements in ESSA regarding educational stability. Get the full Guidance document HERE. Full regulations for ESSA were released in November 2016. Find final ESSA regulations HERE. The agencies hosted webinars on how to improve educational stability and implement provisions in ESSA including effective collaborations, best interest determinations and immediate enrollment, transportation decisions, and education and child welfare points of contact. Find the webinar recordings and slides HERE.
Fostering Futures update
New Resource for Transitioning Foster Youth and Young Adults
The US Department of Education just published this toolkit for older youth and young adults in foster care and their families. Check out the Transition Toolkit HERE.
Rethinking Discipline videos
A new series of short videos help families, schools, and school districts understand the facts of school discipline for students with disabilities. Published by the US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, these videos are easy to share and good conversation starters for families, educators and policymakers! Find the Rethinking Discipline Videos HERE.
Virginia Ability Alliance Community Calendar
The Arc of Northern Virginia hosts a community calendar, featuring regional trainings and meetings. Check it out!
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