WEBINARS

Recordings of webinar presentations and accompanying materials.

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


Nontraditional School Options Panel

Broadcast live on November 10, 2021, this virtual panel of parents, and representatives from homeschool organizations, private schools and Virtual Virginia offered information about nontraditional school options for meeting the needs of students with special needs.

  • Webinar, Nontraditional School Options Panel

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, Nontraditional School Options Panel

    Panel presentation slides


Increasing Familiarity of Different Cultures in Multi-Racial Formed Families: A Family to Family Perspective

Broadcast live on October 4, 2021, this panel webinar featured 4 family and professional presenters who shared their experiences with raising children in multiracial families.

  • Webinar, Increasing Familiarity of Different Cultures in Multi-Racial Formed Families: A Family to Family Perspective

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, Increasing Familiarity of Different Cultures in Multi-Racial Formed Families: A Family to Family Perspective

    Presentation slides handout


Back to School: How to Help Your Kids Manage Anxieties and Prepare for a Return to the “Normal” Classroom webinar

Originally broadcast live on August 10, 2021, this webinar from FFF offered strategies for supporting children’s anxieties about the return to school amid COVID.

  • Webinar, Back to School: How to Help Your Kids Manage Anxieties and Prepare for a Return to the “Normal” Classroom webinar

    Webinar recording

  • PDF, Back to School: How to Help Your Kids Manage Anxieties and Prepare for a Return to the “Normal” Classroom webinar

    Handout- presentation slides


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


Screen-Savvy Parenting webinar

Broadcast live on July 27, 2021, this FFF webinar features Kasey Cain, LPC.

If thinking about screen time makes you want to scream, Screen-Savvy Parenting is for you. Together, the facilitator and participants explored:

– Different kinds of screen time

– Pros and cons of screen time

– Screen time rules that support Relationship Building

  • Webinar, Screen-Savvy Parenting webinar

    Recording of webinar

  • PDF, Screen-Savvy Parenting webinar

    Presentation slides


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


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