SCAN of Northern Virginia is hiring a Group Facilitator See job posting here. UMFS is hiring Family Support Partners See job posting here. PEATC (Parent Educational Advocacy and Training Center) in Springfield is hiring a Family Support Specialist See job description here. NAMI of Northern Virginia is seeking Family Support Partners and… Continue Reading Job Opportunities for Parents and Caregivers
Legal Documents Every 18 Year Old Needs to Ensure Their Parents Can Intervene Medically on Their Behalf Source: Reprinted from the May 2017 Newsletter of Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, www.sheriabrams.com It’s the end of the school year and graduations are in full swing. As your “baby” steps into adulthood, you might not realize that… Continue Reading Legal Documents Every 18 Year Old Needs
Finding the right camp or other summer program can be tricky for children and youth with special needs. Several local school systems offer lists of summer camps. From Alexandria City Public Schools: Alexandria City Summer Camps Guide From Arlington Public Schools: The Summer Activities Guide from the APS 2017 Summer Activities Fair From Fairfax County… Continue Reading Summer Camp Lists 2017
Introducing Raising and Working with Children and Youth in Foster Care or Living with Kin: Your Guide to Resources in Virginia, a new web resource features practical, Virginia-specific information for families and professionals working with children and youth in foster care and kinship care. Linked resources respond to critical questions about enrollment, learning concerns, accessing… Continue Reading New Virginia Resource Guide for Children in Foster and Kinship Care
The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers some great opportunities for young persons who can benefit from education, training, workforce development, and other supports. For older youth and young adults ages 17- 24 in northern Virginia, more information about workforce development programs through WIOA are available HERE. For students still in high schools, WIOA also… Continue Reading Workforce Training opportunities in northern Virginia!
Formed Families Forward is pleased to offer free LifeSkills Training to middle school youth in Fairfax County. Learn more HERE.
Check out this straight-forward guide for transforming schools and making classrooms and schools more accommodating to students who have experienced trauma. The guide from the Education Law Center in Pennsylvania offers background and research-based information on trauma and its impact. Strategies for creating and implementing trauma-informed approaches in schools. Download Unlocking the Door to Learning:… Continue Reading Help your School be more Trauma-Informed!
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the US Department of Education has just released a series of Intervention Information Briefs specific to several disabling conditions, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). These brief fact sheets are great for sharing with teachers, families and others who interact with children and youth who are… Continue Reading New FASD Intervention Fact Sheets from US Department of Education
Our friends at NewFound Families shared this with members. Note there are two sessions to learn more about the process; registration links are at the end of the post. Better Information equals Better Care Dear NewFound Family Member, Have you ever wondered how you can do your best for the children placed in your… Continue Reading Va DSS Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System info sessions
Helping Children Express Gratitude Did you know that being grateful actually benefits our mental health? Research has shown that increases feelings of reward, improves sleep, and reduces depression and anxiety. Here’s the science: The “feeling of gratitude activates several parts of the brain. The ventral tegmental area is a part of the brain associated with… Continue Reading Helping Children Express Gratitude