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
Saturday, February 20- Fairfax Post-Adoption Families Focus Group
Families who have adopted through Fairfax County DFS are invited to discuss their post-adoption needs; two locations.Focus Group Info
Wednesday, February 24 - Mindfulness Strategies for Increasing Calm and Focus in the New Year webinar
Join clinical psychologist Dr. Archana Dogra for this free webinar to learn about mindfulness and its impact on home life and academics. Get strategies for achieving calm and focus for yourself and the children in your care. 6:30 – 8 PM.Register for Webinar
Friday, March 4, 10 am – Planning for Long Term Needs of Persons with Mental Health Needs
Save the date for this First Friday Futures planning session at The Arc of Northern Virginia. FFF will join a panel discussion on how to access resources and prepare longer range plans for young adults with mental health needs.LEARN MORE
April 1 – Spring Professional Workshop - Helping Those Who Hurt Without Harming: A Trauma Informed Approach for Coaching Children, Teens and Families with foster care alumni, author and professional coach Shenandoah Chefalo, Friday April 1, 8:30 AM – 1 PM, in Fairfax. Flyer HERE.
Saturday, April 2 - Registration for our annual SPRING FORWARD Family Fun Fair is open. This event for the whole family will be at the new Providence Community Center near the Vienna metro.REGISTRATION
Thursday, May 5 - Fun Ahead: Creating Your Family’s Summer Bucket List webinar
Get ready for a healthy, happy summer with this free webinar presented by kinship expert Dr. Kathy Dial.Register
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, in this great summary from The Advocacy Institute. Specific to children and youth in foster care, the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education offers this Q & A Fact Sheet.
Foster and Adoption Book Club on February 18
Join other parents, caregiver and professionals to discuss “Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control”. More HERE.
Supporting Young Adults in Foster Care ages 18 -21- a 2016 update!
Fostering Futures is the new name for this year’s efforts to extend housing. living and case management services and supports through age 21. Learn more HERE!
Virginia General Assembly bills to Address Discipline and School Climate
The General Assembly is in session and several bills are under consideration to reduce the long-term negative impacts of suspension, expulsion and other disciplinary measures on students with disabilities. Learn more HERE.
I’m Determined Youth Summit 2016 Applications are Open
The VDOE I’m Determined project has opened applications for the June 2o16 Youth Summit at JMU. Learn more HERE.
Family and Youth Leadership Summit, April 9
NAMI of Virginia has announced the annual Family and Youth Leadership Summit, in Richmond.
Need a new Strategy for Teaching Math, Reading or Writing?
Find out what research-based interventions might work for your student. The Academic Interventions Tools Chart from the National Center on Intensive Interventions has some ideas for you!
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.
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 March 30-31
A statewide effort to plan a Summit on Kinship TFC is underway. Summit will be at SunTrust Center in Richmond, March 30 and 31. Details to come!
Heather Forbes and Beyond Consequences Live coming to northern Virginia
The Beyond Consequences Institute with Heather Forbes is coming to Burke on May 7. Many adoptive, foster and kinship families have found the BCI approach and materials helpful to addressing behaviors at home.
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.
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!