Spring Forward 2019 Session Descriptions
REGISTRATION for Spring Forward Family Fun Day and Regional Professional Conference can be found HERE. This page provides details on the day’s sessions and presenters. 9 – 10 AM Keynote Presentation – Family Strong: Five ways to Fight the Fear, Beat the Burnout, and Stay Focused for the Long Haul by Wendy Besmann Caring for […]READ MORE
Spring Forward 2019 Registration open
Our 6th annual Spring Forward Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Fun Day and Regional Conference will be April 27 in Manassas. Our best event yet, families and professionals attend fabulous sessions while children are busy with outdoor education activities at The EDGE. Co-sponsored by NewFound Families, Virginia Department of Social Services and the Region 4 […]READ MORE
Winter and Spring trainings and events!
Join Formed Families Forward for one or more trainings and events this winter and spring! Find events in one handy list. Register for each through our Events page.READ MORE
Virginia Foster Care report: A must-read for families
A report to the Virginia legislature lays out some significant concerns about the state’s foster care system. Read the December 2018 REPORT HERE.READ MORE
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When you shop Amazon, through our Formed Families Forward’s link, Amazon Smile donates to Formed Families Forward. Help us help families, just by shopping Amazon.com.READ MORE
Registration for Free Support Groups now OPEN
Our 2018-19 Stronger Together peer support groups for youth and young adults ages 14 – 22 and peer support groups for parents and caregivers are underway. These open enrollment groups are facilitated by clinical professionals, and run through May 2019. 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
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