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.

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.

The Foster Care and Adoption Showcase is coming up on Wednesday, May 15. FFF will be there! Join us to explore options f...
05/02/2019

The Foster Care and Adoption Showcase is coming up on Wednesday, May 15. FFF will be there! Join us to explore options for fostering and adopting a child in honor of National Foster Care Month.

Fairfax County Foster Care & Adoption Association
05/02/2019

Fairfax County Foster Care & Adoption Association

The next "Grief & Loss" training for foster parents will be held on Tuesday evenings, May 7 & 14. See the flyer for details.

More photos from our Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference!
05/02/2019

More photos from our Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference!

Happy May to our families! Did you know it is National Foster Care Month? It's a time to recognize that we each can play...
05/01/2019
About - National Foster Care Month 2019

Happy May to our families! Did you know it is National Foster Care Month? It's a time to recognize that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care: https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/about/

May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

Calling all Loudoun County dads!
04/30/2019

Calling all Loudoun County dads!

"Building Bridges Between home, School, and Community" is coming up this Saturday. Sponsored by PWCS on May 4th, this ev...
04/30/2019

"Building Bridges Between home, School, and Community" is coming up this Saturday. Sponsored by PWCS on May 4th, this event will feature speaker sand workshops, plus a community partner resource fair.

Thank you to our amazing families, professionals, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers for making the 2019 S...
04/29/2019

Thank you to our amazing families, professionals, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers for making the 2019 Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference such a great success. Stay tuned this week for additional pictures!

The Barker Adoption Foundation / Capital Music Therapy Services, LLC / UMFS / NewFound Families VA / Virginia Department of Education - VDOE / George Mason University

Some more photos from yesterday’s event!
04/28/2019

Some more photos from yesterday’s event!

GMU volunteers at lunch!
04/27/2019

GMU volunteers at lunch!

More photos from our Spring Forward sessions!
04/27/2019

More photos from our Spring Forward sessions!

A shot of our board members, Lisa Mathey, Kim Harrell, and Mary Oborski:
04/27/2019

A shot of our board members, Lisa Mathey, Kim Harrell, and Mary Oborski:

The guiding star strategy:1. Set goals2. Learn system basics3. Build relationships4. Manage information5. Find support
04/27/2019

The guiding star strategy:
1. Set goals
2. Learn system basics
3. Build relationships
4. Manage information
5. Find support

Our Keynote with Wendy Bresmann, Director, Get There Project!
04/27/2019

Our Keynote with Wendy Bresmann, Director, Get There Project!

Registration is underway at Spring Forward!
04/27/2019

Registration is underway at Spring Forward!

Spring Forward is finally here!
04/27/2019

Spring Forward is finally here!

IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN. We're only one day away form our Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference. We still...
04/26/2019

IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN. We're only one day away form our Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference. We still have spots in our professional workshop, so register now! http://ow.ly/gVMj30oyfRm

Tomorrow is the day! Are you ready for a day of celebration and learning? We certainly are and are so excited to share t...
04/26/2019

Tomorrow is the day! Are you ready for a day of celebration and learning? We certainly are and are so excited to share this special day with all of you! See you at check-in tomorrow at 8:30AM!

FFF’s Kelly, Sarah, and Beth are at Voices for Virginia's Children's Summit, learning even more about trauma and resil...
04/25/2019

FFF’s Kelly, Sarah, and Beth are at Voices for Virginia's Children's Summit, learning even more about trauma and resiliency with colleagues and families from across Virginia today in Richmond.

172,800 seconds2,880 minutes48 hours2 days!Join us in 2 days with our co-sponsors NewFound Families VA, The Virginia Dep...
04/25/2019

172,800 seconds
2,880 minutes
48 hours
2 days!

Join us in 2 days with our co-sponsors NewFound Families VA, The Virginia Department of Social Services, and Virginia Department of Education - VDOE's Training and Technical Assistance Center at George Mason University for an inclusive day of learning, connection, and fun for families and professionals. Register now for Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference: http://ow.ly/qgZ730oxdkI

DREI - TRE - TROIS - TRES - TRI - TRZY - TRI - TREIIS - KOLME - HIRU - TRAYAH - TATU. These are all "THREE" in different...
04/24/2019

DREI - TRE - TROIS - TRES - TRI - TRZY - TRI - TREIIS - KOLME - HIRU - TRAYAH - TATU. These are all "THREE" in different languages. We are only *THREE* days from our Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference. Have you signed up yet? http://ow.ly/FAD030owBvt

Did you know that four is the only number in English that is equal to the number of letters in its name? Speaking of fou...
04/23/2019

Did you know that four is the only number in English that is equal to the number of letters in its name? Speaking of four, we're only FOUR days away from our Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference: http://ow.ly/YqcJ30ovXhZ. We hope to see you there!

*CONTINUING EDUCATION OFFERING ALERT*Contact Hours: 4Date: April 27, 2019 (at our Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Region...
04/22/2019

*CONTINUING EDUCATION OFFERING ALERT*

Contact Hours: 4
Date: April 27, 2019 (at our Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference)
Location: GMU Science & Tech Campus, Manassas, VA
Sponsor: Formed Families Forward/[email protected]
Registration: http://ow.ly/BV5x30ov2MN

When life hands out a complicated situation, knowing where to start makes all the difference. Messy, overwhelming problems require us to think differently about how we navigate the world around us to find help. Families and the professionals who support them need a new skill set to learn, navigate and successfully secure appropriate services in unfamiliar systems. Families need to manage important information effectively, build relationships with people who can help them and find support for recurring challenges. Most of all, families need to develop a measure of joy and curiosity as caregivers, despite ongoing obstacles. Using a step-by-step strategic process, families can learn to break down problems into manageable tasks, navigate systems efficiently and feel less overwhelmed and more energized to find solutions. http://ow.ly/qZ8Y30oveoc

The big week is finally here! Register now for Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference this Saturday. There ...
04/22/2019

The big week is finally here! Register now for Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference this Saturday. There are only 5 days left and our youth programs are filling fast! http://ow.ly/atpg30ov22m

In math, 6 is considered the perfect number. We think it’d be perfect if you joined us in 6 days!
04/22/2019

In math, 6 is considered the perfect number. We think it’d be perfect if you joined us in 6 days!

7 wonders of the world 7 days in a week7 continents on earth 7 notes in music*7* days until Spring Forward Family Fun Da...
04/20/2019

7 wonders of the world
7 days in a week
7 continents on earth
7 notes in music
*7* days until Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference! http://ow.ly/cgBG30oulKJ

The bags are all stuffed and ready to go for Spring Forward next Saturday! Have you registered yet?
04/20/2019

The bags are all stuffed and ready to go for Spring Forward next Saturday! Have you registered yet?

Did you know the number 8 is often associated with wealth and prosperity? Join us next Saturday at our Spring Forward Fa...
04/19/2019

Did you know the number 8 is often associated with wealth and prosperity? Join us next Saturday at our Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference to get a wealth of knowledge! Registration: http://ow.ly/WTzZ30otThN

SF programs are ready to roll!
04/19/2019

SF programs are ready to roll!

Are you ready for some facts about the number 10?-In basketball, the top of the hoop is 10 feet from the ground.-The Rom...
04/17/2019

Are you ready for some facts about the number 10?

-In basketball, the top of the hoop is 10 feet from the ground.
-The Roman numeral for 10 is X, made up of two V’s, the numeral for 5.
-Crabs have 10 legs.
-We are only *10* days away from our Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference! Register now: http://ow.ly/Fex730osFVs

T-minus 10 days until our Spring Forward event! Yes that’s right, only 10 more days! Make sure you’re registered and...
04/17/2019

T-minus 10 days until our Spring Forward event! Yes that’s right, only 10 more days! Make sure you’re registered and get excited about all the fun opportunities the day will bring. Children ages 4-9 will participate in the Jr. Nature program. The day will include a scavenger hunt, nature based-games, and creative art projects. Additionally, each child will take on a STEAM based project, such as creating a bubble blower or Lego mini-figure zipline! Youth ages 10-18 will enjoy a guided exploration of the Team Development Course. And parents, caregivers, and professionals will have a wonderful day of learning! This is a day to come together, connect with others who share similar experiences, and gain new skills! Hope to see you there!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-forward-family-fun-day-and-regional-conference-tickets-54145770457#tickets

Copies of this Family Road Map will be given to all registered SF caregiver, parent, and professional participants! Auth...
04/17/2019

Copies of this Family Road Map will be given to all registered SF caregiver, parent, and professional participants! Author Wendy Besmann is our keynote and workshop presenter.

NewFound Families VA
04/17/2019

NewFound Families VA

Have you registered for Formed Families Forward's Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference? While parents, caregivers and professionals are enjoying sessions presented by experts in education and support of foster, adoptive and kinship families, children age 4 and older will have a blast at GMU's outdoor experiential learning program "The EDGE".

More info ➡️ http://bit.ly/2CLsw2v

Pop quiz! Do you know which state became the 11th state of the United States on July 26, 1788? Make a guess in our comme...
04/16/2019

Pop quiz! Do you know which state became the 11th state of the United States on July 26, 1788? Make a guess in our comments and we'll post the answer this afternoon. Speaking of the number 11, we are only 11 days away from our annual Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference! Register now: http://ow.ly/tUHV30oqDAo

Did you know that 12 is the largest number in English that has just one syllable? There are also only 12 days until our ...
04/15/2019

Did you know that 12 is the largest number in English that has just one syllable? There are also only 12 days until our annual Spring Forward Family Fun Day & Regional Conference! Sign up now and invite your friends, family, and professional network: http://ow.ly/tUHV30oqDAo

Finally, our biggest family event of the year is almost here! Spring Forward will be Saturday, April 27 from 8:30am-2pm....
04/12/2019

Finally, our biggest family event of the year is almost here! Spring Forward will be Saturday, April 27 from 8:30am-2pm. Planned around this year's theme "Navigating Systems to Build Stronger Families," the event offers adoptive, foster, and kinship families a day of fun and learning about tools and solutions that really work.

We are partnering with NewFound Families, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), and VDOE's Training and Technical Assistance Center at GMU to bring families and professionals the best Spring Forward yet!

http://formedfamiliesforward.bmeurl.co/8A65D7F

Virginia lags behind national average for placing children in foster care with relatives, report says: https://www.richm...
04/10/2019
Virginia lags behind national average for placing children in foster care with relatives, report says

Virginia lags behind national average for placing children in foster care with relatives, report says: https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/virginia-lags-behind-national-average-for-placing-children-in-foster/article_023e026a-3bcb-5994-905c-65a37644ad67.html?fbclid=IwAR1JfeBcUgOVOJg7d2ubq1x1a1sR_0MfSEFlp_dQdOGvzuemmXJnv5HlpW4

More foster children in Virginia are being placed in family settings than group homes, but the state lags behind the rest of the nation in placing children with relatives, a

New quarterly event for parent caregivers:
04/08/2019

New quarterly event for parent caregivers:

Do you have children ages 1-12? Join The Arc of Greater Prince William County on Wednesday, April 17 for an Easter egg h...
04/08/2019

Do you have children ages 1-12? Join The Arc of Greater Prince William County on Wednesday, April 17 for an Easter egg hunt!

FFF’s Sarah Smalls is at NAMI of Virginia’s Youth and Family Summit in Richmond today. Thanks to Laura May and Sarah...
04/06/2019

FFF’s Sarah Smalls is at NAMI of Virginia’s Youth and Family Summit in Richmond today. Thanks to Laura May and Sarah Wilson of NAMI for another great Summit!

The FFF table is set up and we are ready for a great day at FCPS Special Education Conference!
04/06/2019

The FFF table is set up and we are ready for a great day at FCPS Special Education Conference!

Congratulations to all Allies in Prevention Award winners honored in today's SCAN of Northern Virginia ceremony. Voices ...
04/05/2019

Congratulations to all Allies in Prevention Award winners honored in today's SCAN of Northern Virginia ceremony. Voices for Virginia's Children's own Mary Beth Salomone Testa was honored for her work in Fairfax-Falls Church. Pictured are Mary Beth, Chrissy Cunningham of Fairfax Co. Neighborhood and Community Services, and FFF's Sarah Smalls, as well as Sarah with the event emcee Leon Harris!

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Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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