Tuesday, July 12 - Summer Movie Night at Formed Families Forward
Foster, adoptive, and kinship parents and caregivers are invited to take a break with us this summer. Join us for an evening of food, fun and support, while we check out film clips related to foster care, adoption and kinship care.Learn More
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
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support group 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 Forum- July 20
Join Great Expectations at NVCC, Voices for Virginia’s Children, CASA of Fairfax and others for a half-day briefing on Virginia’s new Fostering Futures for youth ages 18-21. More HERE.
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.
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, 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 policy! 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.
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!