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Below you will find an archive of Formed Families Forward monthly Newsletter(s) and the Formed Families Forward weekly update(s). Browse through the issues below, or follow the link located at the bottom of this page to subscribe.

Oct 31 2017 Email (Nov 2017)
November 2017 November brings a bounty of supports for families Fall into some valuable knowledge and skills this month! Formed Families Forward joins forces with the ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia to present Ensuring School Success for Students with ADHD: How New Federal Guidance Impacts Your Child on Thursday, November 9 from 6:30 - 8 PM in Fairfax. Learn how recent federal guidance clarify that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and amendments to the Americans with

Sep 02 2017 Email (Sep 2017)
September 2017 Fall-ing into Family Support School bells have begun to ring across the region, signaling transitions back to school for many children and youth and launching new routines and opportunities for families. This fall, we hope parents and caregivers can make some time for personal learning and growth. The whole family is welcome at our Fall Family Movie night on Friday, September 15 in Fairfax city. A light dinner is served to all at 6 PM. At 6:30 children head to a G-

Aug 01 2017 Email (Aug 2017)
August 2017 Surviving Re-entry! This summer has flown by and as many families wrap up summer vacations and camps, thoughts turn to back-to-school preparations. The transition to a new school year, and often new school buildings, and new peers and school staff can raise anxieties in any child or teen. For kids with special needs in our adoptive, foster and kinship families, however, the re-entry can be extra challenging. Take an evening breather and join Formed Families Forward for

Jul 04 2017 Email (Jul 2017)
July 2017 Summer Slow Down! This month we encourage families to take time and enjoy the slower pace of summer. Here are some suggestions for special needs-friendly activities and events: Movie Time! Recommendations specific to formed families are offered at Adoption at the Movies. Social worker Addison Cooper reviews this summer's big screen hits such as Despicable Me 3, Anne, and Captain Underpants and gives families a heads-up about adoption and other formed families themes!

May 03 2017 Email (May 2017)
May 2017 One Month, Two Reminders - May is Foster Care and Mental Health Awareness Month This month, we honor the families and professionals who work on behalf of children and youth in foster care. This year's theme is "Empowering Caregivers: Strengthening Families". Find a host of resources for families and for recruiting and retaining foster or resource families HERE. May is also Mental Health Awareness month and this first week of May is designated Children's Menta

Apr 02 2017 Email (Apr 2017)
April 2017 Check This Off your "To Do" List Register for Spring Forward Family Fun Day Saturday, April 29 * 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Providence Community Center, Fairfax For many families, Spring Break is almost here! Before the fun begins, make sure you register for our 4th annual Spring Forward Family Fun Day. Especially for foster, adoptive and kinship families, the event is a great day for kids, parents and caregivers alike. Children spend the morning in supervis

Mar 05 2017 Email (Mar 2017)
March 2017 Spring Forward Family Fun Day Registration is Open! Saturday, April 29 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM Providence Community Center, Fairfax Spring is around the corner, and so is our 4th annual Spring Forward Family Fun Day for foster, adoptive and kinship families. Parents, caregivers and children of all ages are invited to a relaxing day of learning, fun, food and fellowship with others who walk the walk! Children spend the morning in supervised activities while adults hav

Feb 03 2017 Email (Feb 2017)
February 2017 This Month, Love Some Learning! In February and beyond, take advantage of upcoming training opportunities and love yourself some learning! Formed Families Forward has many fabulous on-site and webinar training events coming up. Mark your calendar for these free, "lovable" trainings: Wednesday, February 8, join attorney and adoptive mom Sheri Abrams for The Ins and Outs of Qualifying for Social Security, SSI and DAC, in Fairfax. Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and

Jan 02 2017 Email (Jan 2017)
January 2017 New Year, New Opportunities for Formed Families New Year greetings from Formed Families Forward. The new year brings fresh opportunities for strengthening our own families and for supporting the thousands of foster, adoptive and kinship families in northern Virginia who are raising children, youth and young adults with special needs. We share just a few opportunities, coordinated by state and local advocacy organizations, to learn more and speak out fon issues close to

Dec 2016 Email (Dec 2016)
December 2016 Season's Greetings Gratitudes & Go-To's for Families Happy December! The holiday season has arrived. The month brings opportunities to express appreciation, help others in need, and celebrate family and community traditions and rituals. Sometimes for families formed by foster care, adoption and kinship care, new traditions are born! Find great tips to teach children and youth how to express gratitude. Find suggestions for building rituals and celebra

Nov 03 2016 Email (Nov 2016)
November 2016 November is National Adoption Month - Focus on Older Youth Adoption This month is National Adoption Month. This celebration of adoption in 2016 includes a focus on adoption of older children and youth. Adopting an older child or youth brings great reward, and often some unique challenges as well. Here are some quick resource links on older child adoptions and for all families and professionals as they honor this month: We never outgrow the need for a family. "Neve

Sep 28 2016 Email (Oct 2016)
October 2016 Confronting Bullying - Supporting Children and Youth with Special Needs October is Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying can be extremely damaging and unfortunately, children and teens with disabilities and other special needs are more likely to be victims of bullying behaviors than their typically-developing peers. Many students with disabilities are doubly impacted by academic struggles and social challenges. When children are bullied, their education can s

Sep 6 2016 Email (Sep 2016)
September 2016 A Gift for You - The Biggest Formed Families Resource Directory Yet! A Back-to-School gift for all formed families! Our biggest and best yet Formed Families Northern Virginia Resource Directory for 2016-17 is HERE! A favorite of families and professionals alike, our Resource Directory lists hundreds of organizations, agencies, providers and other resources available to support foster, adoptive and kinship families raising children and youth with special

Aug 08 2016 Email (Aug 2016)
August 2016 Back to School means Back to Special Education Basics Free Webinar on August 25 Get in the mood for some back to school success with free trainings and events from Formed Families Forward. Though the thermometers don't show it, summer break is coming to a close and formed families are preparing the children and youth in their care to head back to school. We know this can be a tough time of changes for foster, adoptive and kinship families, but we have yo

Jul 02 2016 Email (Jul 2016)
July 2016 H-app-y Summer: Technology Apps for Formed Families Summer is a great time to try new things! This summer, Formed Families Forward is getting tech-savvy and we invite you to join us. Our App of the Week features a technology tool that may be just the thing for you, your child, or the families you work with. Like us on Facebook and every week, a new App of the Week highlight will come to you! All featured apps can be found on the App of the Week webpag

Jun 02 2016 Email (Jun 2016)
June 2016 Get Ready to Play: Summer Fun for Formed Families This month many students and educators are trading SOL tests and final exams for field days, end-of-school picnics and graduations! As the regular school year draws to a close, formed families may look forward to more relaxed schedules and time with family and friends. Transitions to and through summer can, however, be challenging for some children and youth with special needs. Formed Families Forward offers s

Apr 29 2016 Email (May 2016)
May 2016 Double Feature May: Foster Care Month and Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Feel the "momentum" in May with two very important awareness opportunities. May is National Foster Care Month. We appreciate the important role that foster and resource families play and thank them for their efforts to provide support and stability to children and youth in foster care. May is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the need for families to step forward a

Apr 13 2016 Email (Apr 2016)
April 2016 April: Autism Awareness! Get the Facts and Share Strategies April brings us a great reason to share great resources for families raising children and youth who have autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is the fastest growing category under which students can become eligible for special education and related services. About 16,000 preschool through high school students with autism receive special education in Virginia. Here are links to evidence-b

Mar 10 2016 Email (Mar 2016)
March 2016 As we 'spring forward', make your plan to join us for SPRING FORWARD Family Fun Day Let us treat your foster, adoptive or kinship family to a day of support, learning, food and fun! REGISTRATION is now open. Our third annual Spring Forward will be Saturday, April 2, starting at 9:30 AM, at the new Providence Community Center in Fairfax. The Center is walkable from the Vienna metro station and bus transit; there is plenty of parking as well. Children age 3 a

Feb 09 2016 Email (Feb 2016)
February 2016 April Dreaming... Register Now for April 2's SPRING FORWARD Family Fun Day All foster, adoptive and kinship families are invited to a day of support, learning, food and fun! REGISTRATION is now open. Our third annual Spring Forward will be Saturday, April 2, starting at 9:30 AM, at the new Providence Community Center in Fairfax. The Center is walkable from the Vienna metro station and bus transit; there is plenty of parking as well. Children age 3 and olde

Jan 07 2016 Email (Jan 2016)
January 2016 2016 Brings ... Some Plans! The new calendars have been unwrapped or downloaded and it is a great time to think forward about the coming year. Our focus this month is PLANNING AHEAD! For families formed through foster care, adoption or kinship care connections, looking forward may be particularly challenging, as some children and youth in our care may be unsure of what lies ahead. And for many children and youth with special needs, executive functions such as in

Dec 15 2015 Email 1 (Dec 2015)
December 2015 Happy Holidays! Our Gifts to You... Tis the season... to be busy! This time of year is often full of activity. For some formed families, the joy and peace of the season can be tempered by chaos and uncertainty. Children and youth in our care may be reminded of holidays past with birth families or spent in other homes. Time away from school, with less structured and predictable schedules can feed anxiety and make for challenging behaviors. Please know you are not a

Nov 06 2015 Email (Nov 2015)
November 2015 November: Honoring Adoptive Families and Family Engagement in Schools November is National Adoption Month. This is the 19th year the U.S. has devoted a month to the celebration of adoptive families. Learn more about the history of adoption month and other adoption resources HERE. Adoption in America has a long history- learn more HERE. Did you know... more than 500,000 children nationwide are in foster care? Learn more about foster care and adoption fro

Oct 05 2015 Email (Oct 2015)
October 2015 Caring for the Caregiver! Fall is here and many children and youth are back at school! As the seasons change, we welcome this opportunity to consider the the needs of you - parents, caregivers, teachers, therapists, social workers and others who give their best to children and youth with special needs. Caregivers who pay attention to their own physical and emotional health are better able to handle the challenges of supporting someone with special needs. Parents a

Sep 08 2015 Email (Sep 2015)
September 2015 Honoring Kinship Families September is National Kinship Care Month. More than 9 percent of Virginia children and youth live in households headed by a grandparent or other relative who is not a birth or step-parent. Nearly 67,000 grandparents are responsible for their own grandchildren under age 18 (US Census, 2013). Children and youth raised in kin care are more likely to experience learning and behavioral challenges. Grandparent and other relative caregivers of

Aug 05 2015 Email (Aug 2015)
August 2015 As the Calendar Turns... Supporting Families in the New School Year Say it isn't so!! August is here, along with school supplies and back-to-school shoe sales! For families formed through adoption, kinship and foster care raising children and youth with disabilities and other special needs, a new school year can bring uncertainty, stress and anxiety. Formed Families Forward has a great line-up of trainings and activities for fall, all designed to address ac

Jul 06 2015 Email (Jul 2015)
July 2015 A Summer Full of Family Support Happy July! Summer is upon us - a great opportunity for families to get a little well-deserved down time. Days away from school and work provide a chance to connect with children in your care without the stress of homework battles and constant schedule demands. But don't let those brains get too sizzled! Families can access some wonderful trainings and events this summer and early fall, as children and teens get ready to head

Jun 04 2015 Email (Jun 2015)
June 2015 Educational Pathways for Former & Current Foster Youth and Families On May 18, Formed Families Forward hosted Great Expectations program staff from Northern Virginia Community College. Youth, parents and caregivers learned about this fabulous and free program that provides academc and educational supports to youth currently or formerly in foster care. Program Advisor Sheemeca Berkley, Associate Director Shannon Ingram and new NVCC graduate and Great Expect

May 08 2015 Email (May 2015)
May 2015          May: Foster Care Month and Mental Health Month This month is an especially important one for families formed by foster care, adoption and kinship care connections. During National Foster Care month, we recognize the role that all of us play in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. The U.S. Children's Bureau offers great resources for foster parents and kinship caregivers HERE.  Mental Health month and it

Apr 21 2015 Email (Apr 2015)
April 2015          Spring Forward Family Fun Day- a great success! Formed Families Forward hosted our 2nd annual Spring Forward Family Fun Day for foster, adoptive and kinship families on April 11 at James Lee Community Center in Falls Church. More than 75 participants enjoyed a day of great information, fun kid activities, a self-determination workshop for teens, food and a family fun fair!  Keynote Dr. Terry Morris, 

Mar 04 2015 Email (Mar 2015)
March 2015          Spring Forward Family Fun Day, April 11 Register Now! Register now for our 2nd annual Spring Forward family fun day for foster, adoptive and kinship families. Saturday, April 11, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at James Lee Community Center in Falls Church Come hear Keynote address  "Strong Families: Resilient Children: Better Outcomes" by Dr. Terry Morris, NASA engineer, child advocate and former foster youth.

Feb 11 2015 Email (Feb 2015)
February 2015            Trauma-Informed Care in Schools... It can be done! On February 10, Formed Families Forward welcomed 60 parents and caregivers, educators, social workers, counselors, probation professionals, and other caring adults for our "Learning, Healing and Helping: The Role of Educators and other Caring Adults in Trauma and Attachment" workshop.  National child trauma expert Dr. Allison Sampson-Jackson kept the group lear

Jan 22 enews (Jan 2015)
January 2015            Planning ahead is awesome, Dude! A new resource for youth and young adults in Virginia...This month, we are thinking ahead! Transitions through middle and high school and beyond can be tricky for students with disabilities and other special needs. To help youth and young adults think through and prepare for life after high school, Formed Families Forward and the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) are pleased to present 

Dec 15 2014 Email (Dec 2014)
December 2014                                                       Momentum E-news has a new look- same fabulous content! The Ups & Downs of Holiday Time for Formed Families The end of the year brings mixed emotions for many families formed through foster care, kinship care and adoption. For the children in our care, the holidays may hold memories of

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