Registration and more information here: https://formedfamiliesforward.org/registration-open-spring-forward-family-fun-day-2020/
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. Visit us at www.FormedFamiliesForward.org
Formed Families Forward provides consultation and support to families and agency personnel to help them meet the special education needs of their children and youth. Short-term phone and direct consultations are available at no cost to adoptive, foster and kinship families and to child welfare and education professionals in northern Virginia. Formed Families Forward offers special education resources designed specifically for foster, adoptive and kinship families. We make linkages to other agencies and organizations, and offer access to direct group counseling services for families in need.
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. We serve families, educators and child welfare professionals in the Northern Virginia area.
Mission: Formed Families Forward’s mission is to improve developmental, educational, social, emotional and post-secondary outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and other special needs through provision of information, training and support to adoptive and foster parents, and kinship caregivers.
Registration and more information here: https://formedfamiliesforward.org/registration-open-spring-forward-family-fun-day-2020/
Our friends at The Study Pro are hosting "The Good News About Bad Behavior: What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?" http://ow.ly/Dnxe50ywvMu
Registration is now open for Project Life's Spring 2020 Statewide Youth Conference:
Learn to incorporate mindfulness, positive approaches, and connection with each other through nature and animals at Parent Wellness Farm Retreat at Dream Catcher Meadows on March 14: http://ow.ly/Onnq50ysx2X
This workshop provides approaches to create more peace & joy in your families. Improve functioning for you & your kids at home and in life!
Registration is now open! Register your whole family for our 7th annual Spring Forward Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 2 at GMU’s Science and Tech Campus in Manassas: http://ow.ly/moJ650yuKVL
NewFound Families VA / Virginia Department of Education - VDOE / Overcoming Odds
CHADD presents another great lecture in their "Understanding ADHD" Lecture Series: Language, Routines, Rewards, and Consequences to Support Your Child with ADHD at Home on March 10. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/language-routines-rewards-consequences-to-support-your-child-with-adhd-tickets-94260516743
Language, Routines, Rewards, and Consequences to Support Your Child with ADHD at Home
Self-Care Resource: Parenting After Trauma: Understanding Your Child's Needs, A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents offers very practical information and suggestions for responding to trauma-related behaviors and emotions. http://ow.ly/gdd550yswD5
Our January webinar Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders by Dr. Molly Millians is now available for replay here: http://ow.ly/vA0C50yswRJ
Self-care Saturday: Did you know FFF has a comprehensive webpage linking to trauma resources for families and professionals? This page features a number of external and FFF resources on childhood trauma, responding to trauma and trauma-sensitive schools. http://ow.ly/IErm50yswxD
There is still time to register for Loudoun Connect: Refresh Your Parenting and Problem Solving Tool Kit on Monday! Join is in Leesburg from 6-8 to learn strategies to build resiliency and address mid-school year challenges: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/loudoun-connect-refresh-your-parenting-and-problem-solving-tool-kit-tickets-87730633687?fbclid=IwAR0qWecdna1bUuiZ_DvVwIvFwixJO3oHMgAQT3hfAIlFfnMhmvifGmtmX2Q
Caring for a child who has special education needs or has experienced trauma can be challenging. Come battle the mid-year blues with Yolonda Thompson, Family Program Manager of SCAN Family Programs and Kelly Henderson, Ph.D., Executive Director of Formed Families Forward. This winter workshop will h...
At request of a local parent, sharing a Gladney Family Association event happening this Sunday. https://iamgladney.org/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D367%26reset%3D1
Great group of parents and caregivers in today’s Critical Decision Points training in PWCS. Thanks to the PWCS Parent Resource Center for collaborating with us!
There are key decisions you need to make along the way in your child's school career, especially if your child requires an IEP or has special needs. Register now and join us tomorrow for Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Special Needs: http://ow.ly/bynN50yqSSD
Some of our winter 2020 LifeSkills Training middle school graduates last week! Thanks to the city of Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center for hosting us. Fairfax City Parks and Recreation
Inova Lung Services is hosting a free lecture/webinar on vaping tonight from 6:00-7:30pm. You can register to go to the Inova Fairfax campus and hear the presentation in person, or you can do their webinar instead. http://ow.ly/ZROq50ypd1P
One tool to support parents and caregivers in managing their own stress is Taking Care of Yourself, a self care checklist from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. NCTSN offers three aspects of self care: awareness, balance, and connection. http://ow.ly/ydcf50ymG7d
Our friends at Center for Adoption Support and Education are offering a Pathways to Permanence course in Sterling for adoptive parents and kinship caregivers. Register at https://adoptionsupport.org/pathways-to-permanence-training-sign-up-form/
Use the form below to sign up. Hurry! Space is limited for this FREE seven-session training for foster and adoptive parents, kinship caregivers and guardians. Download Flyer
FCPS Special Ed conference registration is open! FFF will be exhibiting and co-presenting two sessions! See you there.
Let's get ready for the 15th Annual Special Education Conference on April 18th! Registration is now up and ready to go! Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Register here:
ICYMI, our February e-news is now available! We're featuring a lot of learning and loving this month, including regional trainings and events, a Q&A on self care for parents and caregivers, and our upcoming workshops and webinars. Check it out: http://ow.ly/YLqR50ymG1V
The Arc of Loudoun
Our friends at Formed Families Forward will be on campus on 2/24 for a FREE event - "Refresh Your Parenting and Problem Solving Tool Kit". Caring for a child who has special education needs or has experienced trauma can be challenging. This winter workshop will help refresh your parenting and problem-solving tool kit with strategies to build resiliency and address mid-school year challenges.
Families are encouraged to bring questions and documents such as Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to problem solve challenges they and their child are experiencing at home and in the classroom.
Register today: https://bit.ly/317bZB1
This month we featured a Q&A on self care in our e-news and will be sharing resources! 'Vicarious trauma' is an occupational challenge for people working and volunteering in human services and emergency response fields, due to their continuous exposure to victims of trauma and violence. More info: http://ow.ly/HPDw50ymFJu
The Arc of Northern Virginia's Supported Decision-Making Workshop series begins today. Check out the three workshops they're offering through March: http://ow.ly/pZnx50ykDif
Upcoming Workshop Topics: Workshop #1: The Basics of Supported Decision Making Workshop #2: Supported Decision Making in Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Workshop #3: Supported Decision Making in Healthcare and Life Planning The Basics of Supported Decision Making Wednesday, February...
The Nat'l Foster Parent Association's Youth & Continuing Education Scholarship Fund benefits foster, adoptive, and birth children of NFPA members. Applications open on Monday, February 10, 2020, and close on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Learn more and apply: https://nfpaonline.org/Scholarships
Join CHADD of NOVA & DC Tonight for "Beyond ADHD and Executive Function Challenges: A New Approach to Study Skills and Time Management." This event at James Madison High School in Vienna is free and open to the public.
Transition University will offer a 5-session self-paced online series to help navigate the transition process for school age child and prepare for the adult world: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-2020-transition-university-virtual-training-registration-80298973391
Transition University will offer a 5-session self-paced online series to help parents/guardians navigate the transition process for their school age child and prepare for the adult world. Life is full of transitions. For families of children with disabilities thinking about the future can bring mixe...
Tired yet? It’s the middle of winter and the middle of the school year — a great time for this energizing, interactive session from FFF and SCAN of Northern Virginia on Monday, February 24 at 6pm. https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/loudoun-connect-refresh-your-parenting-and-problem-solving-tool-kit/
As part of our work as family partner to Va Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS), FFF conducted interviews with family members and staff in two school divisions this week. A new family engagement training video should be available this summer!
Our February e-news is now available! We're featuring a lot of learning and loving this month, including regional trainings and events, a Q&A on self care for parents and caregivers, and our upcoming workshops and webinars. Check it out: http://formedfamiliesforward.bmeurl.co/9C0F0E4
Sharing from our friends at the Barker Adoption Foundation. Registration for their annual adoption conference is now open! https://www.barkeradoptionfoundation.org/about-us/events/26th-annual-adoption-foster-care-conference-whats-adoption-got-do-it
Save the date -- Saturday March 14, 2020! Barker's 26th Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference: What's Adoption Got to Do with It? Conference Topics Include:
A number of family- and disability-oriented job postings have been shared with FFF; we are passing them on to interested candidates! https://formedfamiliesforward.org/winter-2020-job-postings-in-family-disability-support/
Attention Grandfamilies and those who love them! You may have interest in "A Grandfamily for Sullivan," a book by Beth Winkler Tyson. This book focuses on one of the most hidden, but vital aspects of family constellations: grandfamilies. https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/the-relentless-school-nurse-twisting-the-lid-for-children-in-foster-and-kinship-care
Twitter once again connected me to another amazing person working to make this world a kinder, more gentler place for children and families. One of the most hidden, but vital aspects of family constellations are grandfamilies. Grandparents raising grandchildren (grandfamilies) at a time in their liv...
FFF is launching a series of short "Less than 5" minute videos highlighting key special education topics. The first focuses on Getting Ready for IEP meetings. Find it at https://formedfamiliesforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Getting-ready-for-IEP-meetings-Less-than-5-lesson-1.mov
This past week, our middle schoolers rocked Life Skills Training once again! We examined how advertisers try to influence youth. We also practiced techniques for dealing with anxiety. And of course, we shared some pizza and cookies!
Starts next week, from our friends at Virginia Family Network. Take the challenges, win prizes!
February is National Parent Leadership Month. Leadership is demonstrated when individuals take action to accomplish a goal. The term Parent Leadership best describes those committed parents who work to help make their community's schools, social services, health care providers and other entities become more responsive to and supportive of children and families. Join our Parent Leadership Challenge to help recognize parent leaders. Starting February 3rd
Today is FINAL day to complete Va Dept of Education special education family survey- https://formedfamiliesforward.org/vdoe-parent-survey-is-open-tell-the-state-about-your-experiences/
The National Foster Parent Association's 2019 Tax Benefits for Foster, Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers is available: http://ow.ly/SGMy50y8aWh
Arlington families- The Arlington Mental Health & Disability Alliance has a Mental Health Needs of Young Adults in Arlington committee, now focused on Social Isolation of Young Adults with Mental Illness and High-Functioning Autism. Young adults, parents and others are invited to join this group to help identify activities and programs young adults would like to participate in, and identify a location where they might enjoy socializing. Meets the first Monday of every month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Westover Library, Small Meeting Room, 1644 N McKinley Rd #3, Arlington, VA 22205. Next Meeting is Feb 3.
Tickets are still available for PWC SEPTA’s Laser Vinyl rock show on Friday, January 31. Be sure to grab them by the cutoff tomorrow! PWC Special Education PTA - SEPTA
A recording of our 1/16 webinar on Evidence Based Interventions for FASD is now available! https://formedfamiliesforward.org/resource_category/webinars/
Middle school students, we need you! Join our Winter Life Skills Training Thursday evenings at Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City. Make new friends, get skills, and enjoy pizza and prizes. https://formedfamiliesforward.org/services/middle-school-youth-social-skills/
Last evening’s middle schoolers tackled timely topics in Life Skills Training: prescription drug abuse, marijuana, and alcohol use. Smart kids with great ideas why they want to refuse!
On Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30pm, join FFF-favorite presenter Barb Clark of the North American Council on Adoptable Children for FASD from a Trauma Lens. Register now for this free webinar! http://ow.ly/8gQS50y48FL
Voices for Virginia's Children
Chris Hurst shares why he thinks it’s so important to address childhood trauma and ACEs. #TraumaInformedVA #voices4kids
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