Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support group
Teens and young adults meet twice monthly in our Stronger Together support group in Fairfax. Parents and caregivers meet separately. On break for summer, but let us know of your interest for fall 2015!Learn More
National Foster Parent Association conference in Norfolk!
FACES of Virginia Families is sponsoring the annual NFPA conference in Norfolk, June 25-28. Read more HERE.
August 19-21 – Parents as Collaborative Leaders training focused on Foster Care and Kinship Care Families
PEATC is hosting a PACL training of foster and kinship families and professionals who serve them, in Irvington. Formed Families Forward will be there! Learn more and apply HERE.
Wednesday, October 7- Back to School: Practical Tips for Dealing with Caregiver Stress and Avoiding Burnout
Hold the date for an evening session with therapist Joy Koeppen, in Fairfax, 6:30 – 8 PM.Learn More
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.
May is National Foster Care Month
Find great Foster Care Month celebration ideas HERE.
May is also Mental Health Month
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!
Correctional Education Guidance and Resources
The US Departments of Education and Justice issued new guidance for providing quality education services in juvenile justice facilities. A new “Dear Colleague” letter clarifies education agencies’ responsibilities for students with disabilities in correctional facilities. Learn more HERE.
New Federal Guidance for Students with Speech, Hearing or Vision Disabilities
The US Department of Education recently released a Frequently Asked Questions document clarifying schools’ responsibilities for meeting the communication needs of students with sensory disabilities under the ADA Title II, Section 504 and IDEA. Read the FAQ and the Fact Sheet here.
Resources for Military Families in Virginia
The Virginia Department of Education has issued a new guide for military families with students in special education. This and other resources available HERE.
Virginia Ability Alliance Community Calendar
The Arc of Northern Virginia hosts a community calendar, featuring regional trainings and meetings. Check it out!
Resources on the Fostering Connections Act
The Fostering Connections Act encourages educational stability and makes it easier for grandparents raising their kin to get supports. Read more about implementation of this important federal legislation. NEW: A September 2014 Report from Annie E. Casey Foundation about improving educational stability!
New Guide for Foster and Adoptive Families Coping with Trauma
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a guide for formed families coming with trauma-related stress. Find it here.
Disagreement with the schools? New Family Guides on Dispute Resolution
Four new guides help parents and caregivers understand the options under IDEA for resolving disputes. Find them here.
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!