Registration for Free Support Groups now OPEN
Stronger Together peer support groups for youth and young adults ages 14- 22 and peer support groups for parents and caregivers return in October 2018. Groups are facilitated by clinical professionals. Participation is free and pizza dinner is served. Register now!READ MORE
Trauma Videos and Fact Sheets now available!
Formed Families Forward is pleased to share three new trauma training videos. These introductory videos are each less than 10 minutes long, and are designed for a wide audience of families, educators and other professionals. Topics include: 1) Understanding Trauma 2) Responding to Trauma 3) Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools Part of our work with the Virginia […]READ MORE
Welcome to FFF’s new web look!
It’s ALIVE! We are so excited to share our redesigned Formed Families Forward website. Take a look around. All the resources we had previously are still here! Check out our RESOURCES tab or use our new Search function! If you can’t find something, or find errors or just want to share, email us at email@example.com.READ MORE
Virginia Family Support Collaborative
Formed Families Forward is pleased to be part of a Family Support Collaborative, a network of communities and state partners actively engaged in providing support services to adoptive, foster, and kinship families. New Found Families of Virginia coordinates the Collaborative which offers webinars and other trainings, peer supports, adoptive family recruitment, resource navigation and other […]READ MORE
Va Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired
In September, the Virginia Department of Education provided information to school divisions about options for serving students identified as hearing or visually impaired. The information describes the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the […]READ MORE
Workforce Training opportunities in northern Virginia!
The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers some great opportunities for young persons who can benefit from education, training, workforce development, and other supports. For older youth and young adults ages 17- 24 in northern Virginia, more information about workforce development programs through WIOA are available HERE. For students still in high schools, WIOA also provides […]READ MORE
NAMI of No Va Programs 2018
Our friends at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Northern Virginia host a variety of education programs and support groups for individuals with mental health conditions and their families. Find their programs HERE. In addition, NAMI offers free services of Family Support Partners for families of youth in Falls Church, Fairfax city, and Fairfax […]READ MORE
Enrolling Students in Kinship Families
School enrollment for children and youth who are in the care of non-parent relatives can be tricky. Attorney Becky Wolozin of the Legal Aid Justice Center presented a training in January 2018 to help kinship families and professionals learn about school enrollment and other paperwork. For situations involving informal kinship care, such as when no […]READ MORE
New IDEA website launched!
The US Department of Education has revamped its website with resources specific to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Find and bookmark it at https://sites.ed.gov/idea/. Content from the previous Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 site to the new IDEA website will be automatically redirected starting on April 30, 2018. Content from the Legacy site is […]READ MORE