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 are open enrollment.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 22 – Mindfully Managing Caregiver Stress: Proven Tools for Reducing Stress and Taking Care of Yourself, While Taking Care of Others
Due to weather, the training on 1/8 has been rescheduled for January 22. 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
February 5- Reducing Anxiety in the Classroom: Tools and Strategies for Families and Educators
Learn more about anxiety and how to address it in school settings with practical strategies at this evening training in Fairfax. Download FLYER HERE.Anxiety in Classroom Training
March 7- Trauma 101: Empowering Parents and Teachers
Formed Families Forward joins colleagues from Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and FCPS for an evening session at the Parent Resource Center in Dunn Loring. Registration opens in January. Download FLYER HERE.
April 6- From Trauma to Resiliency: Building Trauma-Informed Schools and Communities
Our annual professional training will be Friday, April 6, from 8 AM- 12:30 PM in Fairfax. National expert Dr. Elizabeth Meeker will focus on how to build and sustain trauma-informed strategies in schools. This interactive event prepares participants to truly transform school practices. Don’t miss it!From Trauma to Resiliency Training
SAVE the DATE- 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.
Logo and Slogan Contest for Teens and Young Adults
The Virginia System of Care for children and youth needs a new slogan and logo. Artists can win $500 towards their education. Entries due March 1. Learn more 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!