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
LifeSkills Training course for Middle School Youth
Middle school students are invited to participate in a free 6-week LifeSkills Training program in Fairfax City at the Sherwood Community Center on Wednesday afternoons this winter starting January 31, 2018. Registration opens in December. Find more about LifeSkills Training HERE. Download the Winter LifeSkills Training FLYER HERE.
January 8- Mindfully Managing Caregiver Stress: Proven Tools for Reducing Stress and Taking Care of Yourself, While Taking Care of Others
Join therapist Joy Koeppen for an evening of support and strategies for busting that caregiving stress all year long. Download the FLYER HERE.Caring for the Caregiver
January 9- What Legal Paperwork Do Kinship Caregivers Need?
Get the specifics about what school enrollment and other paperwork that kinship (relative) caregivers need for the children in their care. Attorney Becky Wolozin presents. Download FLYER HERE.Kinship Paperwork Training
SAVE the DATES- Our annual professional training will be Friday, April 6, 2018. Dr. Elizabeth Meeker will focus on how to build and sustain trauma-informed strategies in schools.
Our 5th annual Spring Forward Family Fun day for foster, adoptive and kinship families will be Saturday, April 7 at Providence Community Center. More info soon!
Q and A on the Endrew F. Supreme Court Case- Impact on FAPE
The U.S. Department of Education issued a Questions and Answers document on the recent Supreme Court decision in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case that focused on interpretation of the Free and Appropriate Public Education provisions in IDEA. Read the Q & A HERE.
Formed Families Northern Virginia Resource Directory
It’s ready! Download your copy of the best-yet 2017-18 update of the Northern Virginia Formed Families Resource Directory HERE.
Virginia Resource Guide for Children and Youth in Foster Care and Kinship Care
A brand new online resource links to resources for families and professionals. Check it out HERE.
Learn more about what Formed Families Forward does for families
Check out a video highlighting some of our services, 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 2016, 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!