WEBINARS

Recordings of webinar presentations and accompanying materials.

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.

 

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

    Webinar recording

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

    Presentation slides


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


Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

Shared live on February 22 and March 1, 2021, this 2-session series featured a Safe Zone presentation by Helen McDonald of Fairfax Co. Department of Family Services and an overview of data on LGBTQ youth in foster care by FFF’s Beth Spivack. Recordings of both sessions, slides used and handout provided are linked here.

  • Webinar, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    Recording, session 1 of 2

  • Webinar, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    Recording, session 2 of 2

  • PPT, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    Safe Zone training slides part 1 of 2

  • PPT, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    Safe Zone training slides part 2 of 2

  • PPT, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    Introduction and data slides session 1

  • PPT, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    Introduction and data slides session 2

  • PDF, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    National LGBTQ resources

  • PDF, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    Safe Zone vocabulary cards

  • PDF, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    Inclusive language handout

  • Factsheet, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care from Human Rights Coalition

  • PDF, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    3 handouts from Session 2: Gender Unicorn, Privileges for Sale, Coming Out

  • Document, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    Safe Zone scenarios

  • Factsheet, Building LGBTQ Awareness and Acceptance: A Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Sensitivity Training

    Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: Guide for Foster Parents


Half-way Hacks: Tools for Virtual Learning webinar

Shared live on February 11, 2021, this FFF webinar offers strategies and resources for refreshing your virtual learning game! A resource sheet links to materials, videos and other supports in the areas of time management, materials management, social emotional and behavior supports for younger and for older children, academic progress monitoring and accessibility.

  • Webinar, Half-way Hacks: Tools for Virtual Learning webinar

    Recording of webinar

  • PPT, Half-way Hacks: Tools for Virtual Learning webinar

    Presentation slides

  • Factsheet, Half-way Hacks: Tools for Virtual Learning webinar

    Halfway Hacks resource list


An Honest & Supportive Discussion about Multi-racial Formed Families

Broadcast live on 1/28/21, this webinar and discussion focused on issues impacting multi-racial foster, adoptive and kinship families. Three areas of strategies were offered: self-reflection, acknowledgement, and mentoring. The recording covers the content portion; discussion among the participants was not recorded.

  • Webinar, An Honest & Supportive Discussion about Multi-racial Formed Families

    Multi-Racial Formed Families webinar recording

  • PPT, An Honest & Supportive Discussion about Multi-racial Formed Families

    Presentation slides handout


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


Neurodiversity and Virtual Learning: Understanding Tourette Syndrome and Co-Occurring Conditions

Presented live on November 18, 2020 by Wendy Wegman from Tourette Association of America. This 6th webinar in Formed Families Forward’s Facing Fall series covered prevalence and characteristics of Tourette Syndrome and other tic disorders. She shared information about co-occurring disorders including ADHD, OCD and other mental health conditions.  Ms. Wegman also covered strategies for accommodating special needs during virtual learning.

  • Webinar, Neurodiversity and Virtual Learning: Understanding Tourette Syndrome and Co-Occurring Conditions

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, Neurodiversity and Virtual Learning: Understanding Tourette Syndrome and Co-Occurring Conditions

    Session handout

  • PDF, Neurodiversity and Virtual Learning: Understanding Tourette Syndrome and Co-Occurring Conditions

    Webinar presentation slides


Tech Tips and Tricks: Helping Your Child with Virtual Learning

Part of our Facing Fall 2020 webinar series, this session features digital native and GMU intern Clare Yordy reviewing a number of Google tools, learning platforms and assistive technology strategies to help families support their children learning in virtual or hybrid environments.

  • Webinar, Tech Tips and Tricks: Helping Your Child with Virtual Learning

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, Tech Tips and Tricks: Helping Your Child with Virtual Learning

    Presentation slides

  • PDF, Tech Tips and Tricks: Helping Your Child with Virtual Learning

    Tech Tips and Tricks Resource page


Fostering Your Family’s Resilience during COVID, Parent/Caregiver Session at Falling Into Place family event

This session was presented by Kim Francis, LPC, as part of our virtual Falling Into Place: Celebrating Family Resilience family fun event on October 17, 2020.

  • Webinar, Fostering Your Family’s Resilience during COVID, Parent/Caregiver Session at Falling Into Place family event

    Presentation Recording

  • PDF, Fostering Your Family’s Resilience during COVID, Parent/Caregiver Session at Falling Into Place family event

    Presentation Slides

  • PDF, Fostering Your Family’s Resilience during COVID, Parent/Caregiver Session at Falling Into Place family event

    Handout


Formula for Success: Self Management and Self Care, Parent/Caregiver Session at Falling Into Place family event

Recorded as part of our Falling Into Place: Celebrating Family Resilience virtual family event on October 17, this session was presented by Karen Berlin of the GMU Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC).

  • Webinar, Formula for Success: Self Management and Self Care, Parent/Caregiver Session at Falling Into Place family event

    Recording of Presentation

  • PDF, Formula for Success: Self Management and Self Care, Parent/Caregiver Session at Falling Into Place family event

    Slides from presentation

  • PDF, Formula for Success: Self Management and Self Care, Parent/Caregiver Session at Falling Into Place family event

    Session Handout


Special Education during a very Special Fall: What Families Should Know about IDEA during the COVID Pandemic

This webinar with Maria Blaeuer, Esq. of Advocates for Justice in Education, Inc. in Washington, DC was broadcast live on October 21, 2020. This webinar is part of our Facing Fall: FFF Answers Your Questions webinar series.

 

  • Webinar, Special Education during a very Special Fall: What Families Should Know about IDEA during the COVID Pandemic

    Webinar presentation recording

  • PDF, Special Education during a very Special Fall: What Families Should Know about IDEA during the COVID Pandemic

    Presentation slides

  • PDF, Special Education during a very Special Fall: What Families Should Know about IDEA during the COVID Pandemic

    Handout, Virginia guidance with highlights


Are You Forgetting to Care for Yourself? A webinar workshop on managing parental stress

Broadcast live on October 6, 2020, this “Facing Fall” webinar from Formed Families Forward features Tia Marsili.

Due to a technical glitch, the video of Tia demonstrating the techniques was not included in the recording. Our apologies.

 

  • Webinar, Are You Forgetting to Care for Yourself? A webinar workshop on managing parental stress

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, Are You Forgetting to Care for Yourself? A webinar workshop on managing parental stress

    Presentation slides


Effective Home/School Communication, Virtually! webinar

Broadcast on September 23, 2020, this FFF webinar features director Kelly Henderson and public school educator Jennifer West discussing how families can best communicate with school personnel during virtual learning.

  • Webinar, Effective Home/School Communication, Virtually! webinar

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, Effective Home/School Communication, Virtually! webinar

    Webinar presentation slides

  • Worksheet, Effective Home/School Communication, Virtually! webinar

    All About Me info sheet template

  • Worksheet, Effective Home/School Communication, Virtually! webinar

    All About Me info sheet sample


Safe Virtual Learning: Screens and Special Needs webinar

Originally broadcast on September 9, 2020, this session offers participants an overview of risks to children from internet predators, as well as steps families can take to ensure cybersafety for all children, including those with special needs.

 

  • Video, Safe Virtual Learning: Screens and Special Needs webinar

    Recording of Safe Virtual Learning webinar

  • PDF, Safe Virtual Learning: Screens and Special Needs webinar

    Handout 5 Sexting

  • PDF, Safe Virtual Learning: Screens and Special Needs webinar

    Handout 4 Special Needs

  • PDF, Safe Virtual Learning: Screens and Special Needs webinar

    Handout 3 Tween Tips and Netsmartz

  • PDF, Safe Virtual Learning: Screens and Special Needs webinar

    Handout 2 Internet safety

  • PDF, Safe Virtual Learning: Screens and Special Needs webinar

    Handout 1 safe virtual learning


Learning at Home in a Trauma Sensitive Environment webinar and discussion

Broadcast on August 19, 2020, this brief webinar and discussion by FFF’s Beth Spivack, MSW covers trauma basics and offers strategies for supporting parents/caregivers and children in understanding stress responses and how to approach fall’s virtual learning using a trauma sensitive approach.

  • PPT, Learning at Home in a Trauma Sensitive Environment webinar and discussion

    Presentation slides

  • Webinar, Learning at Home in a Trauma Sensitive Environment webinar and discussion

    Recording of Webinar


Our Shared Space –A Home and Virtual Classroom webinar and discussion

Recorded on August 12, 2020, a brief webinar with Lisa Geraci Rigoni, of The Organizing Mentors, about how to structure your home space for mutual working and learning needs this fall!

  • PPT, Our Shared Space –A Home and Virtual Classroom webinar and discussion

    Presentation Slides

  • Webinar, Our Shared Space –A Home and Virtual Classroom webinar and discussion

    Recording of Our Shared Space webinar


Supporting Positive Behaviors during Learning at Home webinar/discussion

Recorded on August 5, 2020, this brief webinar covers some positive behavior support basics as we think about returning to virtual learning in fall. Presented by Kelly Henderson, Executive Director, FFF.

  • PPT, Supporting Positive Behaviors during Learning at Home webinar/discussion

    Slides presented

  • Webinar, Supporting Positive Behaviors during Learning at Home webinar/discussion

    Webinar recording


A Conversation between Families & Educators: Strengthening Strategies for a Socially Distant Summer! webinar

Recorded 6 17 20, featuring Jennifer West and FFF’s Kelly Henderson. Handouts include slides, a list of social emotional learning strategies, lists of virtual support groups and summer camps/programs, and a handout from the Attachment and Trauma Network.

  • Website, A Conversation between Families & Educators: Strengthening Strategies for a Socially Distant Summer! webinar

    Recording of Conversation webinar

  • PDF, A Conversation between Families & Educators: Strengthening Strategies for a Socially Distant Summer! webinar

    Social Emotional Learning strategies from Jennifer West

  • Document, A Conversation between Families & Educators: Strengthening Strategies for a Socially Distant Summer! webinar

    Summer 2020 Camps and Programs- virtual and in person

  • Document, A Conversation between Families & Educators: Strengthening Strategies for a Socially Distant Summer! webinar

    Attachment and Trauma Network Social Distancing Infographic


Planning the High School Transition to Post-Secondary Education webinar recording

A 35 minute discussion about transitioning from high school to college and post-high school settings, with expert guest Annie Tulkin and hosted by FFF.

  • Webinar, Planning the High School Transition to Post-Secondary Education webinar recording