May 10 through June 14- LifeSkills Training course for Middle School Youth
Middle school students are invited to participate in a free 6-week LifeSkills Training program in Fairfax. Meet new friends, build skills and get ready for high school and beyond. Dinner served and prizes can be earned for participating! The training is now underway, but new sessions will be available in Fall.
May 23- Understanding the Impact of Trauma- What to Do at Home and School webinar
PEATC hosts this 11 AM webinar, presented by FFF director Kelly Henderson. The session will include an overview of childhood trauma and how traumatic experiences can impact the learning and behavior of children and youth with special needs. Suggestions for schools and families seeking to adopt trauma-sensitive practices will be offered.Trauma Webinar
June 9- Family Movie Night with screening of ‘Resilience’
Families are invited to a Friday evening Movie Night, with dinner served! Children enjoy G-rated, supervised movie while parents and caregivers screen the new documentary Resilience. A panel of Fairfax County agency professionals respond to the documentary. 6 – 8:30 PM in Fairfax. Download the Movie Night flyer HERE.Movie Night
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support groups
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. Groups for 2016-17 have concluded but we hope to restart in early October!Learn More
June 29- July 2 – NewFound Families of Virginia Camp-ference
Bring the family to a statewide adoptive, foster and kinship family camp and conference combined! In Glen Allen. Learn more and register for the Camp-ference HERE.
Formed Families Northern Virginia Resource Directory
Our jam-packed 2016-2017 edition of the Resource Directory can be downloaded right HERE.
Virginia Resource Guide for Children and Youth in Foster Care and Kinship Care
A brand new online resource links resources for families and professionals. Check it out 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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