Back to School: Back to (Special Education) Basics
School’s in session! Formed Families Forward invites parents and caregivers to an interactive Back to Basics training September 25, 6:30 pm in Fairfax. Join us for food and fun!Get Information
Hocus Focus in Loudoun County
Save the dates: 2 evening trainings on executive functioning and behavior, October 7 and 14, LeesburgLearn More
Making Sense of the Assessment Soup: Understanding your Child’s Special Education Evaluation webinar
Need some guidance in understanding the educational assessments and evaluations of the child or youth in your care? Join psychologist Amy Fortney Parks on November 10 at 6:30 pm for a free webinarRegister for the Webinar
Project LIFE Statewide Youth Conference, November 21-23
The Youth Network is a core group of foster youth that can be identified to advocate for themselves or others by serving on workgroups and/or committees that need meaningful youth input. The conference in Richmond will provide youth an opportunity to learn more about the Youth Network and ways they can get involved with this new, exciting group of young advocates. Learn more HERE.
Together on the Pathway to Wellness Conference at NVCC on October 17
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and other organizations are sponsoring a day-long conference for persons with mental health issues and/or substance abuse disorders, and family members, professionals and others with interest in the topic of wellness and recovery.
Transition Resource Fair: Moving on to Life in the Community on October 28
Sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, The Arc of Northern Virginia, DARS, Arlington Public Schools and others, the Resource Fair features vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living and advocacy options for youth and youth adults with disabilities. Learn more about this free Resource Fair HERE.
Free Summit on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The Living with FASD organization is offering its annual online Summit September 9- 20. This year’s theme is “Building A Bridge to Adulthood” . Learn more HERE.
Virginia Ability Alliance Community Calendar
The Arc of Northern Virginia hosts a community calendar, featuring regional trainings and meetings. Check it out!
FACES of Virginia Families Fall Camp
FACES offers families a weekend retreat at Camp Friendship in Palmyra, Va, October 3-5. Learn more HERE.
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 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.
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