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Fall 2022 trainings, classes and groups

We have many new trainings, youth peer support groups, parenting classes and youth classes planned for fall! Find our list HERE.

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New federal guidance on Discipline

Released July 19, new federal Q & As and Guides clarify schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 and IDEA related to disciplining students with disabilities. Must-reads! bit.ly/3Pjv7E8 

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Resources for Supporting Children through Tragic Events

Sadly, in response to the horrific events in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022 and other too-common violence impacting children, families and communities, we offer this collection of resources to […]

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Share your Feedback on Section 504

The U.S. Department of Education will seek public input on possible amendments to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in public […]

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Spring Forward 2022 Sponsors

Thank you to our Spring Forward 2022 sponsors: Kay and Stan Klein for their SPECIAL GIFT Our GOLD sponsors – For Children’s Sake Virginia & Anthem Healthkeepers Plus Our SILVER […]

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Spring Forward 2022 presentations

Thank you to ALL who came out on April 30 for a fabulous Spring Forward Family Fun Day and Workshop. Links to resources from the presentations can be found HERE.

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Summer camps and programs 2022

FFF offers these links for summer 2022 camp, therapeutic recreation and other programs for children and youth with special needs in the northern Virginia region. The Prince William County public […]

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FASD webinars in January 2022

FFF hosted a new series of  webinars on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders throughout January 2022. All webinar recordings are available under our RESOURCES tab, then WEBINARS. A flyer for the […]

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Learning Your Way virtual courses

FFF’s online Learning Your Way  self-paced courses offer family members, professionals and other interested partners brief lessons and vignettes about critical special education content including referral and eligibility; individualized education […]

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New COVID Handbook from US Department of Education

In early April 2021, the US Department of Education released Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs, part 2 of an ED COVID-19 Handbook. Find it HERE. 

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Resources for Families during COVID-19

NEW on June 1, 2021- COVID family resources from the IRIS Center including virtual learning fact sheets NEW on February 1, 2021- Virtual Learning and Accommodations Guide from Virginia Department […]

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Crisis Resources for No Va Families

For those raising children and youth who experience critical mental health or behavioral issues during this challenging time, here are some options for crisis response in Northern Va: Your local […]

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COVID-19 and Special Education

Families are learning to live with new roles and routines while children, youth and young adults are learning from home or in hybrid settings. More recently, students may be returning […]

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Getting Ready for IEP meetings: a new “Less than 5” minute video

FFF is starting a new series of short videos on special education basics. The first, “Getting Ready for IEP Meetings”, is now available. Download the mp4 video HERE.

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Find what you need in FFF’s Resource Directory Update

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 […]

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Family Engagement videos help schools and families partner!

Formed Families Forward, family partner to the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS), has released a new series of three brief videos on Family Engagement in VTSS. The training videos […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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NAMI of No Va Programs

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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