January 12- Managing the Mid-Year Muddle webinar
A panel of experienced foster, adoptive and kinship parents and caregivers share their suggestions for surviving mid-school year muddle! This free webinar is Monday, January 12, 6:30 – 8 pm.Register for the Webinar
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support group
Starting in November, teens and young adults will meet twice monthly in our Stronger Together support group in Fairfax. Parents and caregivers meet separately.Learn More
Project LIFE Statewide Youth Conference, November 21-23
The Youth Network is a core group of foster youth that can be identified to advocate for themselves or others by serving on workgroups and/or committees that need meaningful youth input. The conference in Richmond will provide youth an opportunity to learn more about the Youth Network and ways they can get involved with this new, exciting group of young advocates. 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.
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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!