RESOURCE WEBPAGES, by TOPIC

These webpages identify external resources on specific topics of interest to foster, kinship and adoptive families.

Promoting Equity in Education Through Family Engagement video

This 9.5 minute video is designed for school personnel and families. It offers an overview of education equity and suggests strategies for facilitating greater educational equity through meaningful family engagement practices. The video features the voices and lived experiences of students, parents and caregivers, and school leaders. Strategies are organized by key components of family engagement in  multitiered systems of supports.

The video has captions available in English and Spanish.

A fact sheet accompanies the video.

The video is produced by Formed Families Forward in our role as family partner to the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) project.

  • Video, Promoting Equity in Education Through Family Engagement video

    VIDEO with English and Spanish captions

  • PDF, Promoting Equity in Education Through Family Engagement video

    Promoting Equity through Family Engagement Video FACT SHEET

  • Website, Promoting Equity in Education Through Family Engagement video

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Checklist for Kinship Caregivers Working with the Schools

Developed by Va Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) and Formed Families Forward, this checklist is for any kinship caregiver who is enrolling a child or youth in schools and working with schools to get appropriate services and supports.

  • Worksheet, Checklist for Kinship Caregivers Working with the Schools


Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School videos– produced by Formed Families Forward as part of our work with the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports project. Under 10 minutes in length, each video provides an introduction to critical trauma content.

The videos include:
1) Understanding Trauma
2) Responding to Trauma
3) Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Three fact sheets are designed to support the Trauma Sensitive Responses at Home and School video series.

Individual Fact Sheets are available as separate documents, and all three fact sheets in one document. Accessible text versions of all fact sheets are also available in English and Spanish.

 

  • Video, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    Video Series

  • Factsheet, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    Fact Sheets for Videos 1 through 3

  • Factsheet, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    Video 1 Fact Sheet Understanding Trauma

  • Factsheet, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    Video 2 Fact Sheet Responding to Trauma

  • Factsheet, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    Video 3 Fact Sheet Trauma Sensitive Schools

  • PDF, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    Video 1 Fact Sheet Understanding Trauma accessible version

  • PDF, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    Video 2 Fact Sheet Responding to Trauma accessible version

  • PDF, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    Video 3 Fact Sheet Trauma Sensitive Schools accessible version

  • Document, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    SPANISH Video 1 Fact Sheet accessible version

  • Document, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    SPANISH Video 2 Fact Sheet accessible version

  • Document, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    SPANISH Video 3 Fact Sheet accessible version

  • PDF, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    ARABIC Video 1 Fact Sheet

  • PDF, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    ARABIC Video 2 Fact Sheet

  • PDF, Trauma Training Videos & Fact Sheets: Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

    ARABIC Video 3 Fact Sheet


Strategies for Family Engagement with Schools Video

Designed for family members, this 10 minute video explains the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) and offers concrete tips and strategies to engage with school partners more effectively. The video features family members and school staff from around Virginia, sharing their own lived experiences and suggestions for building stronger connections between families and educators to improve outcomes for all students.  A fact sheet accompanies the video. Spanish and Arabic captions are available via YouTube settings.

We welcome your feedback on the video at https://tinyurl.com/yah2542o .

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    Family Engagement video link

  • Document, Strategies for Family Engagement with Schools Video

    Accessible video transcript

  • PDF, Strategies for Family Engagement with Schools Video

    Fact Sheet to Accompany Family Engagement with Schools video

  • PDF, Strategies for Family Engagement with Schools Video

    ARABIC Video fact sheet

  • Document, Strategies for Family Engagement with Schools Video

    SPANISH Video Fact Sheet, accessible Word format

  • Website, Strategies for Family Engagement with Schools Video

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Family Engagement in VTSS videos

This series of videos features six key elements to engage families in Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS). Designed for use by educators and families, the three videos highlight specific strategies for school teams to consider as they build momentum around family-school partnerships and strengthen skills to meaningfully engage families in multi-tiered systems.

Spanish and Arabic captions are available via YouTube settings. A fact sheet accompanies the videos.

Produced by Formed Families Forward, family partner to the VTSS project, in conjunction with Atom Stream Communications, LLC.

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    Link to Videos

  • PDF, Family Engagement in VTSS videos

    Fact Sheet to accompany videos

  • Document, Family Engagement in VTSS videos

    Accessible Fact Sheet to accompany videos

  • PDF, Family Engagement in VTSS videos

    Video 1 transcript

  • PDF, Family Engagement in VTSS videos

    Video 2 transcript

  • PDF, Family Engagement in VTSS videos

    Video 3 transcript

  • Document, Family Engagement in VTSS videos

    SPANISH Fact Sheet, in accessible Word format

  • PDF, Family Engagement in VTSS videos

    ARABIC Fact Sheet


Virginia Special Education Regulations

From the Virginia Department of Education, this launch page offers a copy of state regulations for implementation of IDEA, and other state and federal special education policies.

  • Website, Virginia Special Education Regulations


The ABCs of back to school with FASD

Informative PDF on the ABCs of  Back to School with FASD from the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

  • Factsheet, The ABCs of back to school with FASD


Trauma Training Videos from FFF – Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School

Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School videosproduced by Formed Families Forward as part of our work with the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports project. Under 10 minutes in length, each video provides an introduction to critical trauma content. 

The videos include:
1) Understanding Trauma
2) Responding to Trauma
3) Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools

  • Website, Trauma Training Videos from FFF – Trauma Sensitive Approaches for Home and School


Effective Strategies Checklist: Children and Youth with Developmental Disorders and Challenging Behaviors

Children and youth who have intellectual disabilities or developmental disorders are at elevated risk for co-occurring psychiatric or behavioral problems. These young people pose a serious challenge for administrators, program directors and clinicians, especially when they present with aggressive or disruptive behaviors. When appropriate community services have not been organized, these youth can be among the most difficult and costly to serve. Across the country, their families report relentless stress, partly because it is very difficult to obtain the help they need. This paper provides resources and strategies that have improved outcomes and lowered costs, while diminishing risk for institutional placements, referrals to juvenile justice and child welfare.

  • Worksheet, Effective Strategies Checklist: Children and Youth with Developmental Disorders and Challenging Behaviors


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Educational Strategies handbook from Sanford School of Medicine

The educational strategies presented in this handbook are intended to be helpful to all teachers who work with students who may have a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). If this is your first time teaching a student with an FASD, this guide should be extremely helpful. While many of the strategies are general and are appropriate to use with all students who may share some of the learning needs of students with an FASD, they should be especially helpful to use with students who have been diagnosed with an FASD, from Sanford School of Medicine, Univ of South Dakota.

  • Document, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Educational Strategies handbook from Sanford School of Medicine


NAMI of Northern Virginia

NAMI of Northern Virginia offers a number of support groups for families and individuals struggling with mental illness.  Find the list of support groups as well as other resources form NAMI of Northern Virginia.

  • Website, NAMI of Northern Virginia


Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center

The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) National Training Center offers free training, resources, and other information to improve mental health services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. By serving as a national clearinghouse, it offers access to the most current evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally responsive practices that address the mental health needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center (MHDD-NTC) is funded by the Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Website, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center


How to Help Students Thrive by Improving Organization and Study Skills webinar

Originally broadcast live on August 3, 2021, this webinar features presenters from The StudyPro reviewing critical executive functioning skills and specific strategies for increasing organizational and study skills.

More information about The StudyPro can be found at https://thestudypro.com/.

  • Webinar, How to Help Students Thrive by Improving Organization and Study Skills webinar

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, How to Help Students Thrive by Improving Organization and Study Skills webinar

    Webinar slides handout


Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)

A description of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. TBRI is a an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors.

  • Website, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)


The 3-5-7 Model—Helping Children Work Through Grief

This article from NACAC describes the 3-5-7 Model used to treat children and youth.

The 3-5-7 Model is designed to help professionals and parents work with children and youth to address these issues of grief and loss. It is an evidenced-informed, guided practice approach that supports the work of children and parents in grieving their losses and rebuilding their relationships in an effort to achieve well-being, safety, and permanency. The model incorporates theoretical underpinnings from child development, attachment, separation and loss, trauma, family systems, and relationship development.

  • Website, The 3-5-7 Model—Helping Children Work Through Grief


Ready to Resolve? Collaborative Problem Solving with Agency Partners webinar

Recorded live on  June 10, 2021, FFF staff present communication strategies and collaborative problem solving techniques to increase clarity of message and reduce conflicts.

  • Webinar, Ready to Resolve? Collaborative Problem Solving with Agency Partners webinar

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, Ready to Resolve? Collaborative Problem Solving with Agency Partners webinar

    Presentation slides


What’s Next? Planning Transitions Through and After High School webinar

Broadcast on May 14, 2021, this FFF webinar reviewed data on youth with special needs in  foster, adoptive and kinship families and their outcomes. Content includes a review of special education transition planning requirements and a number of post-secondary programs and other resources for youth and young adults with disabilities and who have been in foster care.

 

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    Webinar recording

  • PPT, What’s Next? Planning Transitions Through and After High School webinar

    Presentation slides


Applied Studies Diploma fact sheet from VDOE

Published by Va Department of Education in Spring 2021.

  • Factsheet, Applied Studies Diploma fact sheet from VDOE


Happy Camper accommodations guide for summer camps

From the disAbility Law Center of Virginia, this short guide provides an overview of federal law and policies that provide for accessible summer camp experiences.

  • PDF, Happy Camper accommodations guide for summer camps

    Happy Camper guide


Getting through the Gate: Special Education Eligibility webinar

Broadcast live on March 18, 2021, this webinar from FFF covered the topics of referral, evaluation and eligibility for special education.

  • Webinar, Getting through the Gate: Special Education Eligibility webinar

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, Getting through the Gate: Special Education Eligibility webinar

    Getting through the Gate slides


Addressing Student and Educator Trauma from REL Appalachia

From the Regional Educational Lab (REL) Appalachia Cross-State Collaborative, several resources from Spring 2020 on Addressing Student and Educator Trauma.

  • Document, Addressing Student and Educator Trauma from REL Appalachia

    Menu of Trauma Informed Programs for Schools

  • Document, Addressing Student and Educator Trauma from REL Appalachia

    Common Trauma Symptoms and Strategies for Educators

  • Document, Addressing Student and Educator Trauma from REL Appalachia

    Resources on Addressing Student and Educator Trauma from REL Appalachia


Being Involved in Person-Centered Planning for Students and Young Adults with Disabilities in Foster, Kinship or Adoptive Families

This fact sheet from FFF and the WAZE to Adulthood project, led by PEATC and supported by the US Rehabilitative Services Administration. It provides an overview of some common challenges to transition planning for this population and offers parents and caregivers suggestions and resources for supporting person-centered planning.

  • Factsheet, Being Involved in Person-Centered Planning for Students and Young Adults with Disabilities in Foster, Kinship or Adoptive Families

    Fact Sheet


Working with Kinship Caregivers Checklist for Schools

This checklist developed by Virginia Department of Education’s Family Engagement Network (FEN) and Formed Families Forward offers schools a checklist for school staff to use when working with relative or kinship caregivers raising children and youth.

  • Worksheet, Working with Kinship Caregivers Checklist for Schools


COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide For Kinship Families and Grandfamilies

From the US Administration for Community Living and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Advisory Group, a compilation of resources for kinship care families.

  • Factsheet, COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide For Kinship Families and Grandfamilies


Tips for Successful Communication with Families During Online Learning

From the Family Engagement Network, convened by Virginia Department of Education. FFF participates in the Family Engagement Network.

  • Factsheet, Tips for Successful Communication with Families During Online Learning


Managing Holiday Stress During a Pandemic for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families webinar

Broadcast live on December 7, 2020, this webinar from FFF’s Beth Spivack and Kelly Henderson, offers suggestions for managing holiday stressors in foster, adoptive and kinship families.

  • Webinar, Managing Holiday Stress During a Pandemic for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families webinar

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, Managing Holiday Stress During a Pandemic for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families webinar

    Presentation slides handout


Adoption and Transfer of Legal Custody for Children in Kinship Foster Care: Comparison Chart for Virginia

From Generations United, updated in 2021.

This chart is designed to help kinship foster parents compare adoption and transfer of legal custody as two options that kin caregivers and the children in their care can pursue to exit foster care and create permanent families. In Virginia, children can exit foster care with their kin caregiver through adoption or transfer of legal custody.

  • PDF, Adoption and Transfer of Legal Custody for Children in Kinship Foster Care: Comparison Chart for Virginia


The Case for Kinship Care: UMFS Kinship Care White Paper

This white paper explores current barriers, evidence for the benefits of kinship care, historical information on the foster care system, best practices and principles, and highlights the kinship work currently being done at UMFS. It addresses Virginia-specific barriers to kinship care.

  • Report, The Case for Kinship Care: UMFS Kinship Care White Paper


GAO Report: HHS Could Enhance Support for Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers

From July 2020, this report examines (1) what is known about the numbers of grandparents and other kin serving as primary caregivers for children, and the reasons for that care; (2) challenges kin caregivers face and how officials report addressing them in selected communities; and (3) the extent to which HHS has supported states’ efforts to use relevant federal programs and initiatives.

GAO analyzed U.S. Census Bureau survey and HHS administrative data; reviewed relevant literature, federal laws, regulations, guidance, and other documents; and interviewed officials from HHS, national organizations, and in four states (Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, and Ohio) and communities, selected for their relatively large numbers of grandparent caregivers and to reflect  geographic and demographic diversity.

  • Report, GAO Report: HHS Could Enhance Support for Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers

    GAO Report


Home/School Contract- Fillable template

This fillable Word document can be used to create and customize a written agreement between student, parent/caregiver, and school staff.  Customize areas and actions and clarify recognitions and rewards.

  • Document, Home/School Contract- Fillable template


American Community Survey: Why We Ask Questions About… Grandparents as Caregivers

This brief explains questions asked on the US Census American Community Survey about grandparents as caregivers. Data from 2018 is shared.

  • Website, American Community Survey: Why We Ask Questions About… Grandparents as Caregivers