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The Resource Directory Update is ready!

A fan-favorite, our Formed Families Northern Va Resource Directory is updated for 2019-20. Get your free download HERE. Find hundreds of services, organizations, agencies and other resources of interest and relevance to foster, adoptive and kinship families raising children and youth with special needs. Want your own hard copy? For the first time, we are […]

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Fall 2019 Kinship Cafes announced

Fairfax Kinship Family Institute has announced the fall 2019 schedule of Kinship Cafes, held at Mott Community Center the 2nd Wednesday of each month. See flyer at https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/kinship-family-cafe/2019-09-11/ for specifics and RSVP instructions.

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Family Engagement videos just released!

Formed Families Forward, family partner to the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS), has just released a new series of three brief videos on Family Engagement in VTSS. The training videos use educator and family voice to share six key elements of family engagement in multi-tiered systems of supports, such as PBIS and RTI. Find […]

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VDOE Parent Survey is open- tell the state about your experiences

Take the annual survey regarding families’ involvement in special education in your local school division. Results from this VDOE survey are reported to the US Office of Special Education Programs. The online survey is now open for completion in English and Spanish versions at the following web links: English Version —– English Version of 2018-2019 […]

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Directions to FFF Offices

Formed Families Forward’s offices are in the Mason Enterprise Center, 4031 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030. Our building is north of GMU’s Fairfax campus, between the fire house and the historic old town Fairfax City area. Open lot parking is behind (to the east of ) the building. The main entrance in on the south […]

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Virginia Foster Care report: A must-read for families

A report to the Virginia legislature lays out some significant concerns about the state’s foster care system. Read the December 2018 REPORT HERE.

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Before you click! Choose Amazon Smile & help formed families.

When you shop Amazon, through our Formed Families Forward’s link, Amazon Smile donates to Formed Families Forward. Help us help families, just by shopping Amazon.com.

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Registration for Free Support Groups now OPEN

Our 2018-19 Stronger Together peer support groups for youth and young adults ages 14 – 22 and peer support groups for parents and caregivers are underway. These open enrollment groups are facilitated by clinical professionals, and run through May 2019. Participation is free and pizza dinner is served. Register now!

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Trauma Videos and Fact Sheets available!

Formed Families Forward-produced trauma training videos are available now! These introductory videos are each less than 10 minutes long, and are designed for a wide audience of families, educators and other professionals. Topics include: 1) Understanding Trauma 2) Responding to Trauma 3) Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools Part of our work with the Virginia Tiered Systems of […]

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Va Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired

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 the […]

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Workforce Training opportunities in northern Virginia!

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 provides […]

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NAMI of No Va Programs 2018

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 […]

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Enrolling Students in Kinship Families

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 […]

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New IDEA website launched!

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 […]

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