Finding the right camps or other summer programs for children with special needs can be tricky! Families often find that preparing children in advance for camps can be helpful, especially when a child has unique needs. Here are some ideas: Engage children in making the decision about which camps or programs they want. That sense… Continue Reading Summer 2018 Camps and Programs
The US Department of Education has revamped its website with resources specific to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Find and bookmark it at https://sites.ed.gov/idea/. Content from the previous Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 site to the new IDEA website will be automatically redirected starting on April 30, 2018. Content from the Legacy site is… Continue Reading New IDEA website!
School enrollment for children and youth who are in the care of non-parent relatives can be tricky. Attorney Becky Wolozin of the Legal Aid Justice Center presented a training in January 2018 to help kinship families and professionals learn about school enrollment and other paperwork. For situations involving informal kinship care, such as when no… Continue Reading Enrolling Students in Kinship Families
Our friends at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Northern Virginia host a variety of education programs and support groups for individuals with mental health conditions and their families. Find their programs HERE. In addition, NAMI offers free services of Family Support Partners for families of youth in Falls Church, Fairfax city, and Fairfax… Continue Reading NAMI of No Va Programs 2018
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!
In September, the Virginia Department of Education provided information to school divisions about options for serving students identified as hearing or visually impaired. The information describes the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for… Continue Reading Va Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired
Tools and Resources to Support Children, Youth and Families Impacted by Trauma Many children and youth are impacted by traumatic experiences in their past and present. Recent research finds that childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to other traumatic stressors, termed adverse childhood experiences (ACE), are common. Almost two-thirds of participants in the federal ACE study… Continue Reading Resources on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Practices
SCAN of Northern Virginia is hiring an Executive Director (June 2018) Application Instructions: Interested candidates should send their resume with a cover letter to EDSearch@scanva.org. No calls please. If your application is selected, you will be contacted for an interview. All employees of SCAN must also consent to criminal and child protective services background checks.… Continue Reading Job Opportunities for Parents and Caregivers
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