Formed Families Forward

Formed Families Forward 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.
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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.

In the past year, FFF provided 25+ trainings and events for families and professionals, reaching 700+ individuals. Almos...
12/29/2019
Donate - FFF

In the past year, FFF provided 25+ trainings and events for families and professionals, reaching 700+ individuals. Almost all our events, resources and individual consultations are offered free of charge. We are able to continue offering these critical services to our ‘extra special’ families, in part through generous donations. Consider a contribution to us: https://formedfamiliesforward.org/donate/

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Middle school students are invited to Life Skills Training, provided by FFF, at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax...
12/28/2019
Teen Life Skills Program

Middle school students are invited to Life Skills Training, provided by FFF, at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax. Meet other kids, practice some key skills, and enjoy pizza and snacks. Every Thursday evening, January 9 to February 13, 5:30-7pm. http://ow.ly/f5qb30q5lHU

Free Training Series for Young Teens Make Friends! Get Ready for High School! Middle school-age youth are invited to participate in six sessions of LifeSkills Training. Participants will learn healthy habits and build skills. This evidence-based program covers topics such as:

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is excited to present a sensory-friendly performance of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia...
12/28/2019
Tickets/Events | Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is excited to present a sensory-friendly performance of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Rainbow Fish on Sunday, February 9 at 4pm. https://hyltoncenter.gmu.edu/ticketsevents

Tickets/Events List View Calendar View December 2019InTune Music Studio: Winter RecitalSunday, Dec 01, 2019 1:00pmSunday, Dec 01, 2019 4:00pmLocation: Hylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater, Science and TechnologyPresented By: InTune Music StudioBuy Tickets Join the students and facul...

Save the date for the 2020 Transition Fair! If you have any questions, please contact Alana Walmsley at walmslam@pwcs.ed...
12/26/2019

Save the date for the 2020 Transition Fair! If you have any questions, please contact Alana Walmsley at [email protected] or 703-791-8319.

Formed Families Forward is wishing our network of friends, families, professionals, colleagues, board members, and suppo...
12/25/2019

Formed Families Forward is wishing our network of friends, families, professionals, colleagues, board members, and supporters happy holidays!

Our Stronger Together groups continue to meet on Tuesdays - join us as youth and young adults meet, while parnets and ca...
12/17/2019
2019-2020 Stronger Together Peer Support Groups

Our Stronger Together groups continue to meet on Tuesdays - join us as youth and young adults meet, while parnets and caregivers have their own group meeting at the same time. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-2020-stronger-together-peer-support-groups-tickets-64441154227

Formed Families Forward hosts Stronger Together, peer support groups for teens and young adults ages 14-22, and for parents and caregivers. We believe that youth and young adults really are stronger when they share their experiences and work together to improve their own lives and the systems that e...

Middle school students are invited to join Life Skills Training, provided by FFF, at the Sherwood Community Center in Fa...
12/17/2019

Middle school students are invited to join Life Skills Training, provided by FFF, at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax. Come meet other kids, practice key skills, and enjoy pizza/snacks. Every Thursday evening, January 9 to February 13, 5:30-7pm. http://ow.ly/uVPL50xCBvh

It’s almost a wrap! Remember, when you finish your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com, AmazonSmile donates to Formed F...
12/16/2019

It’s almost a wrap! Remember, when you finish your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com, AmazonSmile donates to Formed Families Forward at no cost to you!

Happy Sunday, families! We hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Starting today we'll be sharing support resources leadin...
12/15/2019

Happy Sunday, families! We hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Starting today we'll be sharing support resources leading up to the holidays. This article from Forbes focuses on dealing with sadness during the holidays: http://ow.ly/Fid250xAxVQ.

What kind of upcoming holiday resources would you like to see? Share with us in the comments below.

FYI for youth with local DSS and private agencies!
12/14/2019

FYI for youth with local DSS and private agencies!

Spring Intern position available at Formed Families Forward. Help plan and make Spring Forward Family Fun Day 2020 the b...
12/12/2019
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Spring Intern position available at Formed Families Forward. Help plan and make Spring Forward Family Fun Day 2020 the best yet! Great for human development, education, social work, communications and nonprofit management majors!

Save the date! Spring Forward 2020 will be held on Saturday, May 2 at GMU's Science and Tech Campus in Manasssas! This y...
12/11/2019

Save the date! Spring Forward 2020 will be held on Saturday, May 2 at GMU's Science and Tech Campus in Manasssas! This year our keynote presenter will be Oleg Lougheed, adoptee and young adult resiliency advocate from the nonprofit Overcoming Odds. Stay tuned for more info!

Loudoun County Public Schools Parent Resource Services is hosting "Using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports to Support th...
12/10/2019

Loudoun County Public Schools Parent Resource Services is hosting "Using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports to Support the Needs of All Learners" in Ashburn tomorrow. Registration: http://ow.ly/6utd50xwyUK

Our friends at the PWCS Parent Resource Center invite parents and caregivers to learn more about the many ways we assist...
12/10/2019

Our friends at the PWCS Parent Resource Center invite parents and caregivers to learn more about the many ways we assist parents and families of children with special needs to become active participants in their child's education tomorrow in Manassas: http://ow.ly/nyC950xwwte

Great times on Friday night at our winter holiday open house. Thanks to those who shared the evening with us and to Sant...
12/07/2019

Great times on Friday night at our winter holiday open house. Thanks to those who shared the evening with us and to Santa and Mrs. Claus Dee Robinson Rutkowski. Thanks to GMU students for assisting with kids crafts too!

Formed Families Forward's cover photo
12/06/2019

Formed Families Forward's cover photo

Last call for tonight's winter holiday open house! Children, parents, caregivers, and professional friends are all invit...
12/06/2019
FFF Family Winter Holiday Open House

Last call for tonight's winter holiday open house! Children, parents, caregivers, and professional friends are all invited to drop in between 6-8pm tonight. Join us for fellowship, fun and lots of food and drink. http://ow.ly/tSLk50xtQYX

Celebrate the season with Formed Families Forward at our Family Winter Holiday Open House.

FFF Director Kelly Henderson and colleagues from VCU, JMU, Radford, and GMU spent the day with Virginia school system le...
12/05/2019

FFF Director Kelly Henderson and colleagues from VCU, JMU, Radford, and GMU spent the day with Virginia school system leaders facilitating the family engagement strand at the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) training in Williamsburg.

For our kinship caregiver friends in Spotsylvania, from the Spotsylvania Schools Parent Resource Center.
12/04/2019

For our kinship caregiver friends in Spotsylvania, from the Spotsylvania Schools Parent Resource Center.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who donated to FFF for #GivingTuesday. Your donation allows us to continue our mission...
12/04/2019

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who donated to FFF for #GivingTuesday. Your donation allows us to continue our mission 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.

Good morning families and happy #GivingTuesday! Did you know you can create a fundraiser in Facebook to support Formed F...
12/03/2019

Good morning families and happy #GivingTuesday! Did you know you can create a fundraiser in Facebook to support Formed Families Forward? Today only, Facebook is matching $7 million in donations.

FFF is getting ready for the Critical Decision Points Training at ALLY Center in Loudoun this morning!
12/02/2019

FFF is getting ready for the Critical Decision Points Training at ALLY Center in Loudoun this morning!

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Formed Families Forward. We are thankful for YOU and hope everyone has a wonderf...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Formed Families Forward. We are thankful for YOU and hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Have you visited the events calendar on our website? See what local and regional events and trainings are coming up this...
11/25/2019

Have you visited the events calendar on our website? See what local and regional events and trainings are coming up this December: http://ow.ly/SY1a50xkrX9

11/24/2019
Monthly Minute: Introduction to Wraparound

A new resource to increase a shared understanding of how professional/family partnerships can meet key needs is a video about High Fidelity Wraparound from SAMHSA technical assistance network: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnkMv48nzkc&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=November_2019_E_News&utm_medium=email

This short animated video is an introduction to Wraparound. It describes why this care coordination process was created, and how its team approach helps chil...

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