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, May 10 - Medicaid Waiver Redesign: What Does it Mean for Me?
The Virginia Medicaid long term care waivers have just been redesigned; learn what it all means in this evening session, presented by Moms in Motion and co-sponsored by The Arc of Greater Prince William and FFF. In Woodbridge and child care is available, but you must REGISTER.
Thursday, May 19 - Foster Care & Adoption Book Club
Join northern Virginia families and professionals for a book club meet-up to talk about the amusing Instant Mom by Nia Viadalos. Get the FLYER.
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!
Extended School Year 2016
Did you know that some students with disabilities may receive extended school year services during summer break. More about this IEP Team decision 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, 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. The U.S. Department of Education offers a FAQ and other updates.
Good News for Young Adults in Foster Care
Fostering Futures is now state law! Learn more about what this means for those age 18-21 in foster care.
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.
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!
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!