Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support group running now!
Teens and young adults are invited to our free Stronger Together support group meetings in Fairfax. Parents and caregivers meet separately. We meet Tuesdays, October 2015 through May 2016.Learn More
Tuesday, November 17 – IDEA 40th Anniversary Events
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act turns 40 this year. Tune into the celebratory events on November 17. Submit your IDEA story too!
Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 pm – Free screening of “Paper Tigers” documentary
Join the Fairfax’s Trauma Informed Community Network for a screening and discussion of Paper Tigers, featuring an alternative school that radically changed its approach to disciplining students.Details Here
Thursday, January 14 – Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan? workshop for teens and parents/caregivers
Enjoy activities (and food!) as we plan for transitions through and beyond high school. Free Dude workbooks to those who register.Dude, Come On!
SAVE the date- our annual SPRING FORWARD family fun fair will be Saturday, April 2, 2016! Our annual event for the whole family will be at the new Providence Community Center near the Vienna metro.
New Behavior Toolkit from US Department of Education
A collection of proven strategies for addressing behaviors in classrooms- share with your favorite educators! Get the Toolkit HERE.
Survey Results on Access to Children’s Mental Health in Virginia
A survey of parents and caregivers finds the mental health system i s overwhelmed and too complex and difficult to navigate. Read the one-pager on findings and recommendations HERE. Full report available HERE.
Kinship Treatment Foster Care summit planned for January 2016
A statewide effort to plan a Summit on Kinship TFC is underway. Summit will be in Richmond on January 12 & 13, 2016 . Learn more HERE.
New Fact Sheet on Responding to Children Impacted by Trauma
New FFF Responding to Trauma Fact Sheet for families, educators and other professionals!
Help your School be more Trauma-Informed!
Check out this straight-forward guide for transforming schools and making classrooms and schools more accommodating to students who have experienced trauma.
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!
Does Parent Engagement Really Matter?
Check out these summaries of research studies – parent involvement and engagement is essential to improving outcomes for children with disabilities!
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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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!