Wednesday, August 25 – Back to School Basics: Helping Your Child with Special Needs Be Ready! webinar
Hard to believe that we are thinking ahead to starting a NEW school year! It’s true but no worries – we will be ready. Join us for a free webinar that covers special education basics as well as communicating your child’s needs to school personnel! Download the event FLYER HERE.Learn More
Monday, October 3- Taking the Next Step: Transitions through High School and Beyond
Raising a teen or young adult? Don’t miss this evening workshop with transition expert Rhonda Jackson. Youth, young adults, parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend. 6:30 – 8 PM in Fairfax, Free.Sign Up
Friday, October 21 - Family Movie Night at Formed Families Forward
Foster, adoptive, and kinship families are invited to spend a relaxing evening with us. A G-rated movie will be available for children, while next door, parents and caregivers will check out film clips related to foster care, adoption and kinship care and enjoy some discussion and fellowship with others. Snacks provided. 7 – 9:30 PM, in Fairfax. Free.Learn More
Saturday, November 5 - Circle of Support conference, Woodbridge
Mark your calendar for this great annual conference hosted by The Arc of Greater Prince William at Hylton High School, 8 AM – 3:30 PM. Registration opens late August. FFF will see you there!
Thursday, November 10 – Building Healthy Families: L.E.A.N. workshop
This one-evening workshop will focus on how Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition choices which can dramatically improve the health of the entire family, improve behaviors, and strengthen cognition. Dr. Nadya Klimenko will introduce us to Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N. essentials. In Herndon. Free.Get Healthy
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support groups return this fall!
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 for new groups starting in fall 2016.Learn More
Summer Camp Listings
Check out our webpage for listings of camps for children and youth with special needs, as well as good questions to ask camp staff!
Fostering Futures update
On July 20, Great Expectations and CASA of Fairfax hosted a Forum on the new Fostering Futures policy which provides a safety net for foster youth and young adults ages 18-21. Learn more HERE.
New Joint Guidance on Education of Children and Youth in Foster Care
In June, the US Departments of Education and HHS issued detailed guidance for states and localities to implement educational stability requirements under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including the preference for students in foster care to remain in the school of origin and related transportation requirements. Read more about the Guidance HERE, and find the full Guidance HERE.
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 it out 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! See them HERE.
Medicaid Waiver Redesign is Here!
What Does the New ESSA Mean for Students with Disabilities and those in Foster Care? Learn what the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now called ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) means for students with disabilities, HERE.
How to Talk with Kids about Tragic Events
Unfortunately, there are too-frequent opportunities for children to hear about tragic events around the country and world. Kids.gov suggests this article for talking with your children and teens.
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.
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.
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!
Virginia Ability Alliance Community Calendar
The Arc of Northern Virginia hosts a community calendar, featuring regional trainings and meetings. Check it out!
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!