June 2018
Crisis Intervention Services for Those with Developmental Disabilities, Webinar Monday

Did you know specialized crisis intervention services and supports are available for children, youth and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities? Formed Families Forward hosts a free webinar for families and professionals, Monday, June 4 at 6:30 PM. Join Liv Salvador, REACH Program Director, Northern Region at Easter Seals/UCP and get the specifics about Virginia's REACH (Regional Educational Assessment Crisis Response and Habilitation) program.

REACH clinical teams support individuals and their systems of care
- including family, residential providers, day programs, therapists, case managers and others.  So, families raising children and youth with developmental disabilities, including prenatal alcohol exposure, REGISTER here!


Youth and Young Adults: Don't miss SummerFest!
Teens, young adults and their families are invited to SummerFest at Green Spring Gardens park this Sunday, June 3, from 1 to 3:30 PM. Hosted by NAMI of Northern Virginia, the event features activities for the whole family.

Young Adults & Teens: Have fun with summer-plant potting, our Garden Explore Challenge (with prizes!), and a conversation about mental health led by Young Adult Leaders.

Parents & Family Members: Join a discussion led by NAMI Northern Virginia Family Support Group Facilitators. Information will be available about local programs and resources for families.

REGISTER for SummerFest HERE.

Q & A: Summer Camp 

Q: Any suggestions for good summer camps and programs for children with attention issues?

A: Finding the right camps or other summer programs for children with special needs can be tricky!
Families often find that preparing children in advance for camps can be helpful, especially when a child has unique needs. Here are some ideas:

  • Engage children in making the decision about which camps or programs they want. That sense of ownership and control may be important for some kids.
  • Once a specific program is selected, rehease transitions to and from the program and if possible, tour the facilities. This may ease anxieties and allow parents and caregivers to note what the child is most and least comfortable with.
  • Focus on concrete details, not abstract concepts like homesickness or potential relationships.
  • Contact camp or program staff in advance with any critical information about your child that will be helpful to his or her success. Give examples of incentives and strategies that work well for your child. Deliver medications and other security or sensory items in advance to reduce first day chaos.
  • Pump up the excitement! Prior to camp, share enthusiasm for the new opportunities. Shop for new supplies or equipment. If possible, connect with another camp peer in advance.
  • Focus on concrete details in conversations leading up to and during summer camp.

If you are still looking for the right camp, check out these guides and listings from around the region:

Filling the long summer days ahead may require a little forethought. ChildMind offers some great practical strategies for setting your family up for a successful summer HERE.

Most important, create opportunities to connect and enjoy your family time. And remember we at Formed Families Forward are here year round, so feel free to reach out if we can help with resources or other support!
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June Events

Starting Wednesdays and Sundays in June-
Once a month support groups for parents of dependent adult children with ADHD, Fairfax. 

June 1-  Internet Safety - Help Kids Navigate Adolescence in the Digital Age
hosted by Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center, Dunn Loring.

June 1- Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts hosted by The Arc of Northern Virginia, Falls Church.

June 1- Employment Supports/Mental Health Symposium, hosted by Fairfax FC Community Services Board, Fairfax.

June 4-  Introduction to REACH services webinar, hosted by FFF.

June 4-  Next meeting of Loudoun County Special Education Parents for Change group, at ALLY Center, Paxton Campus, Leesburg. Contact

June 7- Mind in the Making: Engaged, Self-Directed Learning workshop, hosted by Arlington Public Schools Parent Resource Center, Arlington.

June 11- Sibshops for siblings ages 8-12 of individuals with disabilities, hosted by The Arc of Greater Prince William, Woodbridge.

June 13- Next meeting of  Monthly Support Group for Parents of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities, hosted by Alexandria City Public Schools Parent Resource Center, Alexandria.

July 27-29- Camp FACES at Camp Highroads,  family camp hosted by NewFound Families, Middleburg.

October 4-6-  National ATTACh conference, in Virginia Beach.

Stay in the know, all summer long. Follow Formed Families Forward on 


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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