Fairfax & Falls Church residents- Your opinions are requested! The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) works to ensure that all children, youth, and families have fair and easy access to a network of quality services and supports that strengthen their social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health. This year, the CMPT is using… Continue Reading Fairfax – Falls Church Gap Survey
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
George Mason University and SAMHSA Collaborate to Combat Opioid Epidemic Formed Families Forward was pleased to attend an October 24 conference to learn more about the causes and treatment of opioid addiction in Virginia. Whitney Emerson, FFF Training Coordinator, shared this report. It is estimated that approximately 2.1 million people suffer from opioid addiction in… Continue Reading Opioid Addiction and Treatment in Virginia
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. Be prepared- check out these Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or… Continue Reading Talking to Kids about Tragic Events
Throughout summer 2016, we encouraged families to get to know some of the many technology applications (apps) available to support the academic, behavioral and social needs of children and youth with disabilities and their formed families. The full line up of “Apps of the Week” are presented here. Share your favorites, these or others, with… Continue Reading App of the Week – Summer 2016