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:

Download our FFF Upcoming Events flyer HERE.

We are working hard to find ways to offer great trainings on topics that matter to our families, in ways that work for you. Let us know if webinars, on-site trainings or other formats work best for you. What topics do you want to learn more about? Email us your feedback anytime!

In addition, don't miss additional trainings and events from our friends and partners around the region and state. Check the regional events calendar listing below.

Announcing our 2017 Professional Workshop

What Really Works

and What Doesn't
For Challenging Kids

Friday, April 28 * 8 am - 12:30 pm
4031 University Dr., Fairfax

Formed Families Forward and the ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia are pleased to host Dr. Bruce Thyer, Professor of Social Work at Florida State University and author of Science and Pseudoscience in Social Work Practice, for a half-day workshop. Dr. Thyer will provide insight into some of the most common and most controversial interventions for working with children, youth and families.

Dr. Thyer will cover science and pseudoscience in:

  • Clinical assessment
  • Treating children and adolescents, including those with emotional and behavioral needs, such as conduct disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders and autism
  • Treating those who have experienced trauma
  • Addressing the unique needs of persons with developmental disabilities
  • Evaluating and selecting sounds practices and discouraging pseudoscience

This interactive workshop is designed for social work, counseling, education, psychology and other professionals. Registration is $50 and includes breakfast.
Get Workshop FLYER HERE.

Q & A:

Spring Forward Family Fun Day

Q: What is Spring Forward fun day? Is it for my kids too?

A: Even though Spring Forward 2017 will be our fourth annual event, not every one is familiar with it. We've just opened registration so your question has perfect timing!

Formed Families Forward will host this year's event from 9:30 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 29 at the Providence Community Center, near the Vienna metro station. The day is for families formed through foster care, kinship care and adoption. It is designed to be an easy, low-demand day for children, teens, parents and caregivers alike.

A morning of supervised sports, games, arts and crafts and other fun await the kids. Children of all abilities are welcome and we make efforts to accommodate special needs.

Skilled nursery care is available for infants and toddlers.

This year, parents, caregivers and older teens will hear keynote address "What Really Works and What Doesn't for Tough Kids" by Dr. Bruce Thyer, a professor at Florida State. Breakout sessions follow and include Q & A discussion time with Dr. Thyer and a session about dealing with conflict within families by professional mediator Patricia Anderson. Teens are invited to a Wise-UP workshop to learn strategies for communicating about their families and responding to the questions, comments and curiosities of others.

Families reunite for box lunches. Then off to the fun fair in the gym where children of all ages will enjoy carnival games and prizes, a creativity area, face painting, balloon artistry, and an inflatable obstacle course.

Thanks to support from co-sponsors such as NewFound Families and Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, the registration for Spring Forward is only $5 per participant ages 3 and up, including breakfast and lunch. So REGISTER NOW and reserve space for your family.

'Don't Miss' Learning around the Region

February 7- Gap Year Fair, Falls Church

February 8- The Ins and Outs of Qualifying for Social Security Disability, SSI and DAC Benefits
presented by attorney Sheri Abrams, at FFF in Fairfax
. FLYER here.

February 11- Super Transition Saturday hosted by Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center, Falls Church.

February 15- Understanding the New Medicaid Waivers hosted by Alexandria City Public Schools Family Resource Center, Alexandria.

February 16- Navigating Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities presented by The Arc of Northern Virginia, in Leesburg.

February 16- Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships,
hosted by Loudoun County Public Schools Parent Resource Services, Ashburn.

February 17-
How to Get Where You are Going: Writing IEPs that Reflect Transition Goals from Elementary through Secondary School, hosted by The Arc of Northern Va, Falls Church.

February 23 and 28
- Becoming an Active Member of your Child's IEP Team, hosted by Arlington Public Schools Parent Resource Center, Arlington.

March 2- Securing A Future For Formed Families webinar hosted by FFF. FLYER here.

March 6-
Plotting the Path: A Graduation Requirement Update from the Virginia Department of Education webinar, hosted by FFF. FLYER here.

March 15-
Getting to Work: The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Students with Disabilities webinar, hosted by FFF. FLYER here.

March 16- Using Music to Create Greater Potential in Children,
hosted by Arc of Greater Prince William, Woodbridge.

March 18
- Prince William County Schools annual Transition Fair, Manassas.

March 24-25- Accessibility Summit 2017 at McLean Bible Church, Vienna.

June 22-23- PEATC Parent Institute for parents and caregivers new to special education, Charlottesville.

Youth and Young Adults Taking Charge!

Check out these resources and events for teens and young adults to support self-advocacy!

Love is in the Air, but we will settle for LIKE!

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Formed Families Forward also loves strong leadership, and we welcome applications from parents, caregivers, professionals and interested members of the community who can give of time and talent through service on our Board of Directors. Learn more and apply HERE.

Formed Families Forward provides training and support to northern Virginia families formed through adoption, foster care and kinship care who are raising children and youth with special education needs. We also serve professionals who work with our families. Consultations and most trainings are free of charge to parents and caregivers raising children and youth with special needs.

Moving Formed Families to Better Outcomes

Reach us at, or call (703) 539-2904.

Kelly Henderson, Ph.D., Executive Director
This project is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Opinions expressed herein are those of the project and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.
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