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.

FFF was proud to be part of the Virginia Family Network Family and Youth Summit this past weekend. Kelly Henderson ED of...
05/19/2020

FFF was proud to be part of the Virginia Family Network Family and Youth Summit this past weekend. Kelly Henderson ED offered a recorded session on Special Education Hacks for Students with Mental Health Conditions. The last portion was dedicated to updates on special education during COVID. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIRD9KDqLwA&feature=youtu.be

A great opportunity for families to support other families, from Alexandria City Public SchoolsLearning Together: At-Hom...
05/19/2020

A great opportunity for families to support other families, from Alexandria City Public Schools
Learning Together: At-Home Tips from One ACPS Family to Another
Have a learning tip that works well for your child, or a particularly interesting project or story you think others would enjoy? Share it with the entire ACPS learning community!
Upload your video or audio story at https://acpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/r1ajqkzj1h4rie1/ or post it to the Alexandria City Public Schools page.
See this great example from one parent and her son- https://k12.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c264d43033e4f4ca3b673bfc6&id=cbaa571d7a&e=11f854c7a1

Last call for registrations! join us today at 3pm ET for a free webinar on pandemic parenting. This live session offers ...
05/18/2020

Last call for registrations! join us today at 3pm ET for a free webinar on pandemic parenting. This live session offers first-hand perspectives on why our COVID-19 reality is so challenging for parents/caregivers, and what we can do to promote resilient responses in ourselves and our children. Registration: http://ow.ly/59tn50zJq0y

An update from Formed Families Forward! Register now for our live webinar "Pandemic Parenting: Brain Science, Help and H...
05/18/2020

An update from Formed Families Forward! Register now for our live webinar "Pandemic Parenting: Brain Science, Help and Hope" TODAY at 3pm. http://ow.ly/vSSR50zJn11

Our friends at FCPS - Parent Resource Center are offering two new sessions for families on the hot topics of raising tee...
05/16/2020

Our friends at FCPS - Parent Resource Center are offering two new sessions for families on the hot topics of raising teens and supporting executive functions! Register now.

So excited to bring you 2 new webinars on May 22nd and May 26th.
May 22nd we are presenting: 10 Non-negotiable Rules for Raising a Teenager
May 26th we are presenting: Supporting Executive Functions at Home

Both webinars are open for registration: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/register-free-workshops-parent-resource-center

See flyers for additional details...can't wait to have you join us for these very important and informative webinars.

We know teaching your children and youth at home or otherwise supporting distance learning is challenging. In addition, ...
05/15/2020

We know teaching your children and youth at home or otherwise supporting distance learning is challenging. In addition, families of students with disabilities who receive special education and related services have a lot of questions about how individualized education programs (IEPs) and Section 504 plans can be implemented. We have gathered a few resources here: http://ow.ly/fA9950zCJcY

Registration is open now! Families and professionals are invited to join us at the Manassas GMU Science & Tech Campus on...
05/15/2020

Registration is open now! Families and professionals are invited to join us at the Manassas GMU Science & Tech Campus on Saturday, October 17 from 8:30am-2pm. Registration: http://ow.ly/TrON50zCJNR

The Parent Resource Services and Dept of Pupil Services has provided families/caregivers with tips on supporting behavio...
05/13/2020
Parent Resource Services / Welcome

The Parent Resource Services and Dept of Pupil Services has provided families/caregivers with tips on supporting behavior for learning at home. These tips are provided through videos and “How To” documents on the LCPS Parent Resource Services Website: https://www.lcps.org/ParentResourceServices

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Additional COVID resources from Fairfax County Department of Family Services:
05/13/2020

Additional COVID resources from Fairfax County Department of Family Services:

Our Stronger Together support groups for parents and caregivers are now virtual, every Tuesday 7:15-8:15pm through May. ...
05/12/2020
2019-2020 Stronger Together Peer Support Groups (now VIRTUAL)

Our Stronger Together support groups for parents and caregivers are now virtual, every Tuesday 7:15-8:15pm through May. Meetings are facilitated by clinical psychologists and open to any interested adult parenting a child, teen or young adult. Register: http://ow.ly/qp4J50zCJ4q

NOTE: Due to closures and concern for the safety of our families related to COVID-19, we are offering VIRTUAL Stronger Together groups on a weekly basis through May. Parents and caregivers will meet from 7:15- 8:15 PM weekly on Tuesdays. New participants should register at the Eventbrite. Log in inf...

You're invited to a presentation on IEPs during the Individual Family Support Program (IFSP) Northern Virginia Regional ...
05/12/2020

You're invited to a presentation on IEPs during the Individual Family Support Program (IFSP) Northern Virginia Regional Meeting virtually on Zoom, Saturday, May 16 at 12pm. RSVP required: https://tinyurl.com/MAY-NOVA-IFSP

Don't forget to register for the 8th Annual Family and Youth Virtual Leadership Summit on May 16. The focus of the Summi...
05/11/2020

Don't forget to register for the 8th Annual Family and Youth Virtual Leadership Summit on May 16. The focus of the Summit is to promote parent and youth voice through knowledge, skills and networking. http://ow.ly/2Jde50zCIoL

Our gift card drive for foster families continues. Keep sending in grocery and Walmart cards which FFF gives directly to...
05/11/2020

Our gift card drive for foster families continues. Keep sending in grocery and Walmart cards which FFF gives directly to foster care agencies. Send cards to FFF, 4031 University Dr., Suite 100, Fairfax VA 22030 or email to [email protected]. Thank you!

Researchers with Project Connect are seeking grandmothers raising teenagers to participate in a study to learn how onlin...
05/11/2020
Project Connect Seeks Grandmothers and Teens for an Online Study | ACL Administration for Community Living

Researchers with Project Connect are seeking grandmothers raising teenagers to participate in a study to learn how online programs can help improve health/well-being. This study is being funded by the National Institutes of Health with a nationwide scope: http://ow.ly/cZ2O50zCGo1

May 6, 2020 Researchers with Project Connect are looking for grandmothers raising teenagers who would like to participate in a study to learn how online programs can help improve health and well-being. Selected families will watch videos and do other online activities, and may be compensated for the...

Happy (chilly) self-care Saturday. Here are self-care ideas from Fairfax TICN and Greater Richmond SCAN. Share what you ...
05/09/2020

Happy (chilly) self-care Saturday. Here are self-care ideas from Fairfax TICN and Greater Richmond SCAN. Share what you are doing by posting your photos and examples on social media using #ResilienceWeekVA and #SelfCareSaturday

FFF is proud to be part of several regional TICNs and to participate as ACE Interface trainers, as part of our commitmen...
05/08/2020

FFF is proud to be part of several regional TICNs and to participate as ACE Interface trainers, as part of our commitment to the Fairfax TICN.

Explore these 20 ways to celebrate resilience on #FriendlyFriday during #ResilienceWeekVA: https://www.alexandriava.gov/...
05/08/2020

Explore these 20 ways to celebrate resilience on #FriendlyFriday during #ResilienceWeekVA:https://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/dchs/childrenfamily/20WaysToPracticeFriendlyFriday.pdf

A smartphone app designed to help support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder and is scientifically prov...
05/08/2020

A smartphone app designed to help support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder and is scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement. #ResilienceWeekVA https://www.addictionpolicy.org/connections-app

Virtual LifeSkills Training for Middle Schoolers - Spring 2020
05/08/2020
Virtual LifeSkills Training for Middle Schoolers - Spring 2020

Virtual LifeSkills Training for Middle Schoolers - Spring 2020

Registration is FULL! You can still complete the registration process to join our waiting list. If a slot becomes available, you will be contacted by our Training and Administrative Coordinator, Lisa Mathey with further instructions on how to join this session. Come and join Formed Families Forward....

A fabulous new directory of mental health providers who are offering virtual and other services during COVID-19 from Hea...
05/07/2020
www.fairfaxcounty.gov

A fabulous new directory of mental health providers who are offering virtual and other services during COVID-19 from Healthy Minds Fairfax.https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/healthymindsfairfax/sites/healthymindsfairfax/files/assets/documents/covid-19-services-availablity-provider-directory.pdf

Explore these 20 ways to celebrate resilience on #TranquilityThursday during #ResilienceWeekVA:
05/07/2020

Explore these 20 ways to celebrate resilience on #TranquilityThursday during #ResilienceWeekVA:

Building resilience helps us and our community bounce back from difficult experiences, like the current health crisis. T...
05/07/2020

Building resilience helps us and our community bounce back from difficult experiences, like the current health crisis. Tips for teaching children how to build resilience and learn to calm themselves down, even when things feel scary #ResilienceWeekVA https://childmind.org/article/help-children-manage-fears/

Explore these 20 ways to celebrate resilience on #WhimsicalWednesday during #ResilienceWeekVA:
05/06/2020

Explore these 20 ways to celebrate resilience on #WhimsicalWednesday during #ResilienceWeekVA:

Join a live screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope on Thursday, May 7 at 9pm for #Resili...
05/06/2020

Join a live screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope on Thursday, May 7 at 9pm for #ResilienceWeekVA:

Changes to NewFound Families VA schedule of Trauma Informed Parenting training; first session is Wednesday evening 5/6. ...
05/06/2020

Changes to NewFound Families VA schedule of Trauma Informed Parenting training; first session is Wednesday evening 5/6. Register at https://newfoundva.org/

Join People with Disabilities Community Conversation to discuss COVID-19, with captioning and ASL interpretation is prov...
05/05/2020

Join People with Disabilities Community Conversation to discuss COVID-19, with captioning and ASL interpretation is provided, on Wednesday, May 6 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Register here: http://ow.ly/jXA950zw6Ad

Explore these 20 ways to celebrate resilience on #TraumInformedTuesday during #ResilienceWeekVA:
05/05/2020

Explore these 20 ways to celebrate resilience on #TraumInformedTuesday during #ResilienceWeekVA:

The team at Shine, in partnership with Mental Health America, has vetted and compiled a wealth of research-backed and he...
05/05/2020

The team at Shine, in partnership with Mental Health America, has vetted and compiled a wealth of research-backed and helpful tools for you—articles, meditations, access to mental health experts, anxiety screenings and more. #ResilienceWeekVA

Our May e-news is now available! This month we're featuring learning at home parent resources, foster care and children'...
05/04/2020

Our May e-news is now available! This month we're featuring learning at home parent resources, foster care and children's mental health month (both in May!), info on #ResilienceWeekVA, and more! http://ow.ly/RwGW50zw7ck

Explore these 20 Ways to celebrate resilience on #MindfulMonday during #ResilienceWeekVA:
05/04/2020

Explore these 20 Ways to celebrate resilience on #MindfulMonday during #ResilienceWeekVA:

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