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. On break for summer, but let us know of your interest for fall 2015!Learn More
July 9- Foster/adoptive book club
Come check out the first meeting of this book club, focusing on books related to foster care and adoption. (Advance reading of the book not required!) In Falls Church. Information HERE.
July 25- Camp Smiles- Fairfax
Camp Smiles is a day camp designed specifically by FACES and the Fairfax Department of Family Services for all families receiving adoption services through Fairfax County. It is being held at Adventure Links-Hemlock in Clifton, VA. More information from FACES of Virginia Families HERE.
August 19-21 – Parents as Collaborative Leaders training focused on Foster Care and Kinship Care Families
PEATC is hosting a PACL training of foster and kinship families and professionals who serve them, in Irvington. Formed Families Forward will be there! Learn more and apply HERE.
Tuesday, August 25 - “Forward to the Finish Line: An Update on Virginia’s High School Graduation Requirements“ Webinar
Get ready for school! Marianne Moore from the Virginia Department of Education will share the latest information on graduation requirements during this free webinar at 7 PM. Tune in from home or your last-blast vacation trip!Webinar Info
Wednesday, October 7- Back to School: Practical Tips for Dealing with Caregiver Stress and Avoiding Burnout
Hold the date for an evening session with therapist Joy Koeppen, in Fairfax, 6:30 – 8 PM.Learn More
How is your School Division doing for Children with Disabilities?
Virginia Department of Education’s Division (school system) performance reports for 2013-14 are now available.
Series of Factsheets for those Parenting Children who have Experienced Trauma, Abuse or Neglect
The Children’s Bureau has a series of Factsheets for Families; find them on our Resources on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care webpage.
Virginia Department of Education Parent Survey available now
Parents, caregivers of children receiving special education, please complete this state survey on parent involvement. Your input matters!
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!
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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!