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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 and private programs and activities that receive federal funding, including schools and postsecondary institutions. The Department’s Office for Civil Rights will solicit public comments to […]

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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 sponsor- Parent Education Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) Our FAMILY sponsors- One Church One Child Virginia; Nancy Thompson; Veach Realty 

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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 schools Parent Resource Center has compiled this list of both general summer camps as well as specialty programs (i.e. equestrian, swimming, dance), organized by special […]

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Social Justice Youth Book Club in May

Youth grades 6-9 are invited for two sessions of a social justice book club with Fairfax County Public Library and FFF. Youth will explore voting rights using The Voting Booth, building critical life skills and critical thinking. May 17 and 24 at FFF offices in Fairfax. FREE! Register HERE. 

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Behavior Book Study- Families and Educators Together!

REOPENED- We have room for 3 more registrants (as of May 9)! Join other family members and professionals for a virtual collaborative learning event, a book study on bestselling Beyond Behaviors by Mona Delahooke, May 25 and June 1.  Thanks to our partners at GMU TTAC, books will be provided free to participants. A great […]

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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 webinar series can be found HERE.

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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 programs (IEPs); post-high school transitions; and instruction and monitoring the IEP and using high leverage special education practices. New courses include Constructive Communication and Collaboration, […]

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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 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 […]

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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 community services/CSB is a good place to start (find list at http://23.29.59.143/community-services-boards-csbs ). Check yours for revised hours. Another option for children and youth in crisis- […]

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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 to school in adapted classroom settings. Schools are working to provide virtual and other distance learning options and to safely accommodate returning students. All this […]

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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 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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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 […]

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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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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

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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