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 free 6-week LifeSkills Training programs, facilitated by Formed Families Forward. Find more about LifeSkills Training 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! Download the EVENT FLYER here.From Trauma to Resiliency Training
April 7- Spring Forward Family Fun Day
Our 5th annual celebration for foster, adoptive and kinship families will be Saturday, April 7 at Providence Community Center. Keynote and training sessions for parents and caregivers, teen program, supervised activities for children, food and fun! Download EVENT FLYER here.Spring Forward 2018
April 14- Family and Youth Leadership Summit hosted by NAMI of Virginia, Virginia Family Network
This free summit in Midlothian is designed for families impacted by behavioral and mental health issues and offers parents, caregivers, and youth training and peer supports. Formed Families Forward will be there!Family and Youth Leadership Summit
April 26- Making Special Education Really Work for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families
Join us for a casual evening session focused on strategies to boost families’ special education expertise! Hosted by our friends at Bull Run Mountain Civic Association Community Center in Haymarket, FFF invites any parents and caregivers raising children and youth with special educational needs! Download FLYER HERE.Learn More
- RECENT NEWS
Virginia Department of Education is hiring Family Engagement Specialist
A great opportunity for a parent or caregiver experienced in special education practices and policies! See posting HERE.
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. A summary of the case from EducationNext can be read HERE.
Formed Families Northern Virginia Resource Directory
Find hundreds of resources, agencies, providers in our Resource Directory. 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 offers 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!
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
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!