Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together peer support groups
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 in participating in the youth and young adult group or the parent and caregiver support group that meets at the same time. Groups for 2017-18 start in early October!Learn More
October 2- November 6- LifeSkills Training course for Middle School Youth
This fall, middle school students are invited to participate in a free 6-week LifeSkills Training program in Fairfax City at the Sherwood Community Center on Monday evenings. Meet new friends, build skills and get ready for high school and beyond. Dinner served and prizes can be earned for participating! Find the fall session FLYER HERE. Watch for details and registration specifics HERE.
August 22- Back to School Webinar
Get ready for re-entry! Join FFF Executive Director Kelly Henderson for an evening webinar to prepare your children and yourself for a great new school year. Download the FLYER HERE.Back to School Webinar
September 15- Family Movie Night
Is your family impacted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)? Join FFF for a screening of Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up with FASDs. Children have their own G-rated film next door. Dinner served to all! Download FLYER HERE.Family Movie Night
September 18- Special Education 101
Kelly Henderson, FFF Executive Director, will present special education basics at a foster parent support group hosted by Northern Virginia Family Services, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, in Woodbridge. NVFS is making available a small number of seats to other interested participants. RSVP to Ginny Snaider at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 21- Helping Your Child Succeed in Virginia High Schools: Understanding Alternative Assessments for SOLs
Learn about alternatives to the Virginia Standards of Learning assessments for students whose disabilities prevents them from demonstrating their knowledge sufficiently to achieve the verified credits needed for an Advanced Studies or Standard Diploma. Download FLYER HERE.Alternative Assessments Training
October 5- Love and Logic Basics
Join social worker Meaghan Lane of Northern Virginia Family Services for an overview of Parenting with Love and Logic. Download FLYER HERE.Love and Logic
November 2- Trauma 101: Empowering Parents and Educators
Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center hosts this workshop on trauma basics, presented by Chrissy Cunningham, MSW, and FFF Executive Director Kelly Henderson. Learn about trauma, its academic and social impact, and strategies for building resilience. Learn more about the Parent Resource Center and take a tour! Download FLYER HERE, registration opens in August.
November 9- Ensuring School Success for Students with ADHD: How New Federal Guidance Impacts Your Child
The ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia and FFF join forces to bring you this evening training. We will review recent federal policy letters and guides that help families raising children and teens with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Learn how to access services and supports at school. Learn more and REGISTER HERE.
November 17- Family Movie Night- Bernie Mac, Kinship and Me
Join other kinship caregivers (non-birth parents caring for relative children and youth) for a family movie night, featuring clips from The Bernie Mac Show. Children enjoy a G-rated movie next door. Light dinner served to all. Download FLYER HERE. REGISTER HERE.
Formed Families Northern Virginia Resource Directory
Our jam-packed 2016-2017 edition of the Resource Directory can be downloaded right HERE.
Virginia Resource Guide for Children and Youth in Foster Care and Kinship Care
A brand new online resource links resources for families and professionals. Check it out HERE.
New Transition Guide for Students with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education just released a new guide covering transition planning, transition services, and post-secondary education and employment options. Download the Transition Guide HERE.
Parent and Educator Guide on Section 504 now available
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 offers protections such as access to accommodations for some children and youth with disabilities in public schools and other programs. The US Department of Education has just released a Parent and Educator Guide to Section 504 to help families and professionals understand and implement Section 504. Download the Section 504 Resource Guide.
Discipline and Behavior Clarifications from US Department of Education
In August, the US Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter clarifying schools’ responsibilities and opportunities to support children and youth with behavioral challenges that impact education. Great information for families and educators!
Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care Toolkit, webinar series and ESSA regulations available now
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. An ESSA Toolkit from the Legal Center on Foster Care and Education covers the requirements for educational stability for children and youth in foster care. The US Departments of Education and HHS have guidance on how to implement the requirements in ESSA regarding educational stability. Get the full Guidance document HERE. Full regulations for ESSA were released in November 2016. Find final ESSA regulations HERE. The agencies hosted webinars on how to improve educational stability and implement provisions in ESSA including effective collaborations, best interest determinations and immediate enrollment, transportation decisions, and education and child welfare points of contact. Find the webinar recordings and slides HERE.
Fostering Futures update
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 out the Transition Toolkit 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! Find the Rethinking Discipline Videos HERE.
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!