Resources for Kinship Care Families Formed Families Forward Fact Sheets on Kinship: Kinship Families: Did You Know? Kinship Care: Rights and Responsibilities Organizations focused on kinship care: Grandfamilies.org, a collaboration of Generations United, the American Bar Association Center for Children and the Law, and Casey Family Programs Generations Together National Kinship Alliance for Children… Continue Reading Kinship Resources
Parent/caregiver support in fall 2014 … and new Peer-to-Peer groups… Formed Families Forward is pleased to offer support groups for parents and caregivers of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. In partnership with Crossroads Counseling Center, FFF is supporting the participation of eight parents and caregivers in each of two eight-week groups… Continue Reading Support groups for foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers
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The US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has clarified several important issues impacting ‘highly mobile’ children who have disabilities. In a July 19, 2013 policy letter to all State Directors of Special Education, several issues are addressed: All children suspected of having a disability and who are in need of… Continue Reading US Department of Education reinforces rights of ‘highly mobile’ children
The National Center for Learning Disabilities recently reported some concerning data about how students with learning disabilities (LD) are leaving high school. An alarming proportion of students with LD drop out or leave school without a regular diploma. At the time of the report, Virginia offered a regular diploma in addition to four other certificate… Continue Reading New report- Graduation rates of students with LD
The Legal Center for Foster Care & Education has developed this fact sheet to explain the Act, which took effect in January 2013. Among its goals is the smoother sharing of educational records and other pertinent information between child welfare agencies like departments of social services and schools.
The move in many school divisions to “response to intervention” approaches has had significant impact on the way in which schools intervene early with students who are struggling academically. The process for determining if a child is eligible for special education and related services, particularly eligibility as a child with a specific learning disability (SLD),… Continue Reading Response to Intervention: What it means for eligibility
The American Psychiatric Association released its long-awaited revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition. The Manual, commonly referred to as the DSM-5, is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States and contains a listing of diagnostic criteria for every psychiatric disorder recognized by the U.S. healthcare… Continue Reading DSM-5 published; implications for identification of many disabilities and conditions
FACES of Virginia Families is offering northern Virginia families a great summer camp weekend in Middleburg, July 26-28. Formed Families Forward is pleased to be part of the camps; we will offer an educational advocacy workshop focused on post-secondary transition for youth and parents/caregivers at each of the camps. Here are the specifics about the… Continue Reading Camp FACES Summer Family Camp- northern Virginia July 26-28
Formed families raising children and youth with disabilities will be impacted by new Virginia Department of Education “credit accommodations” that may be used by students obtaining a Standard Diploma. Ninth graders in 2013-14 and those younger do not have the option of a Modified Standard diploma. NEW* October 8 Webcast from VDOE on Standard Diploma… Continue Reading Credit Accommodations for Virginia Standard Diploma