Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support group
Teens and young adults meet twice monthly in our Stronger Together support group in Fairfax. Parents and caregivers meet separately. Next group on April 9!Learn More
April 8 Caregiver Toolbox support group
A daytime session for grandparents, relatives and other caregivers raising children; facilitated by therapist Joy Koeppen.Learn More
April 11- Spring Forward family fun day
Our 2nd annual fun day for foster, adoptive and kinship families. At James Lee Community Center, Falls Church Kids’ activities, great speakers, youth workshop, fun fair and lunch, all for $5 per participant. Download FLYER here.Register
May 18- An evening of Great Expectations: Educational Academic Pathways for Current and Former Youth in Care
Join us for an evening with Northern Virginia Community College Great Expectations representatives. Monday, May 18, 6:30 – 8 pm in Fairfax.Learn More
National Foster Parent Association conference in Norfolk!
FACES of Virginia Families is sponsoring the annual NFPA conference in Norfolk, June 25-28. Read more HERE.
Tax Credit Specifics!
If you adopted in 2011, you have until April 15 to file for Adoption Tax Credit. Learn More!
What’s the Big Deal about Trauma?
Check out this fact sheet for caregivers on complex trauma.
Watch this recorded webinar on Improving School Climate for Children in Foster Care
The ABA Legal Center for Foster Care and Education presented this webinar- great information for educators and families alike!
Correctional Education Guidance and Resources
The US Departments of Education and Justice issued new guidance for providing quality education services in juvenile justice facilities. A new “Dear Colleague” letter clarifies education agencies’ responsibilities for students with disabilities in correctional facilities. Learn more HERE.
New Federal Guidance for Students with Speech, Hearing or Vision Disabilities
The US Department of Education recently released a Frequently Asked Questions document clarifying schools’ responsibilities for meeting the communication needs of students with sensory disabilities under the ADA Title II, Section 504 and IDEA. Read the FAQ and the Fact Sheet here.
Resources for Military Families in Virginia
The Virginia Department of Education has issued a new guide for military families with students in special education. This and other resources available HERE.
Virginia Ability Alliance Community Calendar
The Arc of Northern Virginia hosts a community calendar, featuring regional trainings and meetings. Check it out!
Resources on the Fostering Connections Act
The Fostering Connections Act encourages educational stability and makes it easier for grandparents raising their kin to get supports. Read more about implementation of this important federal legislation. NEW: A September 2014 Report from Annie E. Casey Foundation about improving educational stability!
New Guide for Foster and Adoptive Families Coping with Trauma
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a guide for formed families coming with trauma-related stress. Find it here.
Disagreement with the schools? New Family Guides on Dispute Resolution
Four new guides help parents and caregivers understand the options under IDEA for resolving disputes. Find them here.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Formed Families Forward provides training and support to families in northern Virginia formed through foster care, kinship care and adoption. Your contribution helps us continue our work with formed families. Thank you for your support!