Seclusion and Restraint Update January 2021
This new year we celebrate new actions to protect children and youth with disabilities in our schools from harmful restraint and seclusion practices. “Restraint” generally refers to efforts to control behavior or restrict a student’s freedom of movement through mechanical, physical restraint, or pharmacological means. “Seclusion” means the involuntary confinement of a student alone in […]READ MORE
Onward: The FFF Podcast! Family stories…
Onward: The Formed Families Forward Podcast is here! Listen to our first episode about positive behavioral supports and how families can use them, particularly during the COVID pandemic. Our second episode focuses on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The third episode features real life stories from two local foster, adoptive and kinship families who share […]READ MORE
Resource Directory ONLINE and updated!
The Northern Virginia Family Resource Directory is ONLINE! Search by topic, service type, jurisdiction, insurance/Medicaid and trauma expertise. Find descriptions and contact information for agencies, organizations, support groups, services, and resources of relevance to formed and other families raising children, youth and young adults with special needs. Thanks to SCAN of Northern Virginia for financial […]READ MORE
Pandemic Parenting Webinar Recording
For Families, From Families… On Monday, May 18 FFF held a webinar about parenting during the pandemic. We were thrilled to be joined by Jenna White, trauma parenting expert and PTA leader. A recording and handouts from Pandemic Parenting: Brain Science, Help and Hope are available HERE.READ MORE
Spring Forward and Falling Into Place events postponed until Spring Forward 2021
Our 7th annual Spring Forward Family Fun Day, originally scheduled for May 2020 was renamed and rescheduled as Falling into Place: Celebrating Family Resilience family fun day on October 17. Given likely restrictions on large gatherings, requirements for social distancing, and the space parameters at the facility at George Mason University’s Science and Tech campus, […]READ MORE
Resources for Families during COVID-19
NEW on February 1, 2021- Virtual Learning and Accommodations Guide from Virginia Department of Education NEW on January 7, 2021- Tips for Successful Communication with Families during Online Learning, from Virginia Family Engagement Network, VDOE NEW on September 22, 2020- Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic Module from the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University. […]READ MORE
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 community services/CSB is a good place to start (find list at http://22.214.171.124/community-services-boards-csbs ). Check yours for revised hours. Another option for children and youth in crisis- […]READ MORE
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. Schools are working to provide virtual and other distance learning options; this is even more challenging for students with disabilities who receive special education and related services and who have a […]READ MORE
Postponed- Celebrate Foster Care Month with Family Service and Movie Night
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we are postponing Family Service and Movie Night, with FFF and Fairfax Co Foster Care and Adoption Association (FCFCAA) for a Family Service and Movie Night originally scheduled for May 29, in celebration of national foster care month. The whole family is invited to participate in a community service project, […]READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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 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 […]READ MORE
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 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 the […]READ MORE
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 […]READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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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.READ MORE
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!READ MORE
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 […]READ MORE
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 […]READ MORE
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 […]READ MORE
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. 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 […]READ MORE
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 […]READ MORE
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 […]READ MORE