Peer support groups
Foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers!
Youth and young adults ages 14-22!
We believe that we really are stronger when we share experiences and work together to improve our own lives and the systems that are supposed to help youth and families.
In June 2021, we launched new peer-led Formed Families Together support groups for adoptive and foster parents and kinship caregivers. Our Formed Families Together groups are led by trained Formed Families Forward staff and volunteers who have first-hand lived experience raising children, youth and young adults with special needs.
TWO groups meet MONTHLY: a virtual group meets the first Sunday evening of the month from 7:30 – 9 PM, and an in-person group meets the third Wednesday evening of every month, from 7- 8:30 PM in Fairfax (exact location specifics will be sent to those registered). Adoptive, foster and kinship parents and caregivers can register for either or both groups. Both are free of charge. Registration HERE.
Our youth and young adult Stronger Together group is designed for teens and young adults age 14-22 who have lived experiences in one or more service systems such as:
- Social services (foster care, child welfare, family services)
- Special education (learning or emotional disability or other condition)
- Mental health services
- Substance use treatment/recovery
Groups are facilitated by professional clinicians Kim Francis, LPC and Markeya Jones, Psy.D. and meet twice monthly October through May. Group participation is FREE of charge. Due to the continuing nature of peer support, regular group attendance is expected.
Fairfax County CSB offers Thursday evening groups for youth ages 14-17 and family members. More information at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/recovery/heads-up-talk-it-out.