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In the wake of the recent peer sexual assaults, Loudoun County's Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN), stands with community members seeking transparent processes that prioritize the privacy and recovery of children who experience sexual abuse. Read the full statement here: https://www.scanva.org/2021/11/loudouns-trauma-informed-community-network-responds-to-school-based-peer-sexual-abuse/
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The Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN) of Loudoun County is one of 27 TICNs across Virginia dedicated to preventing trauma and supporting those who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). We are a diverse group of professionals, partners, and community members working to support the successful implementation of trauma-informed care initiatives across health, human services, and education systems. Our shared mission is to foster a community resilient to trauma, that promotes health, healing, and compassion through collaboration, education, and community engagement. The Loudoun TICN is facilitated by SCAN of Northern Virginia.

Loudoun County Public Schools, Loudoun County Government, Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, Equality Loudoun, Jennifer Wexton, Formed Families Forward
Formed Families Forward, a local family-run nonprofit resource center, is now accepting registrations for their Stronger Together youth (14-22 y.o.) peer support groups.

Now in its 8th year, the Stronger Together support groups meet in person in Fairfax City, are led by two professional licensed clinicians, and have open enrollment for the school year through May 2022.

Meetings are held two Tuesday evenings a month, 6:30 - 7:30 PM.

The groups are offered free of charge.

Additional information is available here ➡️ http://ow.ly/HP7850GqOX2
Parents and caregivers are also invited to attend this free three part training. Facilitated by Formed Families Forward and Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) located at George Mason University with guest presenter, David Aponte, Chair of GLSEN Northern Virginia Chapter.

More details and registration here- http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eib8zy9g31d59180&llr=mahx7otab
Ready for an easy Friday evening? Join us for our Back Together formed family picnic at Van Dyck park in Fairfax city at 5 PM. Our GMU interns have a great and easy service project for the entire family, followed by dinner then kids' games and activities. Register https://backtogetherpicnic.eventbrite.com
Starting soon- tonight at 6:30! Don't miss the first of this 5 part series on student discipline from our friends at Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC).
Formed Families Forward announces a FREE new summer child care program for Fairfax and Falls Church families who have low and moderate incomes and are impacted by COVID. Those raising children and youth with emotional and behavioral health needs can receive free child care for 15 hours a week for 10 weeks of summer break, Saturday, June 12 through Friday, Aug. 20! Tag a friend, family member, or professional to spread the news! Learn more: http://ow.ly/SVlx50ERA4Y
Formed Families Forward announces a FREE new summer child care program for Fairfax and Falls Church families who have low and moderate incomes and are impacted by COVID. Those raising children and youth with emotional and behavioral health needs can receive free child care for 15 hours a week for 10 weeks of summer break, Saturday, June 12 through Friday, August 20! Tag a friend, family member, or professional to spread the news! Learn more: http://ow.ly/SVlx50ERA4Y
Thank you Formed Families Forward for giving me the opportunity to share ways I’ve been able to reframe adversity into opportunity!!!

It was incredible to be among a group of people who are actively looking for ways to change the stories about their past circumstances 👏 👏 👏
Hi everyone, my name is Ezra and as a former DSP, I created an activity resource site called DSPortal.site, providing a much easier way of finding activities and private events in your community. Enjoy!
Check out this great resource video from Formed Families Forward about understanding trauma in youth. This video is the first in a three part series on trauma sensitive approaches for home and school that CCSI's Elizabeth Meeker worked on with Formed Families Forward.

Coinciding fact sheets can be found here:https://formedfamiliesforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Trauma-video-factsheets-1-through-3-fnl.pdf
Foster, adoptive and kinship families are invited to Formed Families Forward's virtual kid-friendly holiday-themed game night on Friday, Dec. 18 between 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy group online games with prizes, kick back with some seasonal holiday tunes and a join in a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! The entire family can log in on and share one device or each family member can log in individually. Learn more and get registered to join: https://bit.ly/37SDvWI
Webinar: Managing Holiday Stress during a Pandemic for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families
Monday, Dec. 7
12-1 p.m.

Our friends at Formed Families Forward are hosting a webinar where they'll share ideas to create new traditions while being sensitive to the sense of loss that children may feel this year. This could be a great opportunity for the many families we support. Learn more and register to join the webinar: https://bit.ly/36ExbCZ

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs.

Visit us at www.FormedFamiliesForward.org Formed Families Forward provides consultation and support to families and agency personnel to help them meet the special education needs of their children and youth. Short-term phone and direct consultations are available at no cost to adoptive, foster and kinship families and to child welfare and education professionals in northern Virginia. Formed Famili

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01/08/2022

Sharing from our friends at CHADD of Northern Virginia and DC a webinar on homesehooling. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homeschoolingnot-what-you-may-think-with-kathy-kuhl-tickets-239695625067

Sharing from our friends at CHADD of Northern Virginia and DC a webinar on homesehooling. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homeschoolingnot-what-you-may-think-with-kathy-kuhl-tickets-239695625067

Photos from Formed Families Forward's post 01/07/2022

Welcome to our new FFF Deputy Director, Nina Manganaris, LCSW. Nina brings a wealth of professional and personal experience in behavioral health, family support and social work. https://formedfamiliesforward.org/about/#Staff We are thrilled to have her join the FFF team! As always, contact us at [email protected] to schedule individual educational consultations and resource navigation.

Photos from Formed Families Forward's post 01/07/2022

This report, Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, was just released to Congress. The report written by the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren outlines the joys, challenges, gaps, and unmet needs faced by kin and grandparent caregivers. Our very own Formed Families Forward Kinship Consultant, Sarah Smalls, serves the on the Advisory Council. It also describes federal programs currently available to assist them and provides 22 recommendations for better supporting kinship families and grandfamilies.

Click here to check it out : https://acl.gov/programs/support-caregivers/supporting-grandparents-raising-grandchildren-0

01/06/2022

Looking for ideas to support independence and person-centered planning as youth in your care move towards adulthood? Here is place to start!https://formedfamiliesforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/WAZE-fact-sheet-Being-Involved-in-Person-Centered-Planning-for-Students-and-Young-Adults-with-Disabilities-in-Foster-Kinship-or-Adoptive-Families.pdf

Looking for ideas to support independence and person-centered planning as youth in your care move towards adulthood? Here is place to start!https://formedfamiliesforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/WAZE-fact-sheet-Being-Involved-in-Person-Centered-Planning-for-Students-and-Young-Adults-with-Disabilities-in-Foster-Kinship-or-Adoptive-Families.pdf

Photos from Formed Families Forward's post 01/06/2022

Instilling Hope tomorrow evening! Our first FASD webinar with expert Melissa Elligson at 6:30. Learn new ways to understand and support children and youth with neurobehavioral disorders. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4837034644522865935

Timeline Photos 01/05/2022

In this year of major medical, mental health and educational crises, traumatic stressors, and the continuing impact of systemic, racial and ethnic inequities, Formed Families Forward persevered! We served more than 1,500 parents, caregivers, children, youth and professional partners. Thank you to all for supporting and engaging with FFF!

In this year of major medical, mental health and educational crises, traumatic stressors, and the continuing impact of systemic, racial and ethnic inequities, Formed Families Forward persevered! We served more than 1,500 parents, caregivers, children, youth and professional partners. Thank you to all for supporting and engaging with FFF!

01/05/2022

ICYMI - New position posting from Va Department of Education. Put your advocacy skills to good use!https://formedfamiliesforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/ombudsman-VDOE-00848-JOBPOSTING.pdf

ICYMI - New position posting from Va Department of Education. Put your advocacy skills to good use!https://formedfamiliesforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/ombudsman-VDOE-00848-JOBPOSTING.pdf

Timeline Photos 01/04/2022

Our January e-news is now available! We're featuring upcoming FASD webinars, in-person peer support groups, a Q&A on nontraditional school options, and more: http://ow.ly/sqNX50Hn7gu

Our January e-news is now available! We're featuring upcoming FASD webinars, in-person peer support groups, a Q&A on nontraditional school options, and more: http://ow.ly/sqNX50Hn7gu

01/04/2022

Snow does not stop FFF youth peer support! Our Stronger Together youth and young adult peer support group for ages 14-22 WILL BE VIRTUAL tonight at 6:30. Register now- https://strongertogether21-22.eventbrite.com and we will send log-in specifics.

Snow does not stop FFF youth peer support! Our Stronger Together youth and young adult peer support group for ages 14-22 WILL BE VIRTUAL tonight at 6:30. Register now- https://strongertogether21-22.eventbrite.com and we will send log-in specifics.

01/03/2022

From our friends at Foster the Family DC, a book tour in January. Register- https://form.jotform.com/213495575915164

From our friends at Foster the Family DC, a book tour in January. Register- https://form.jotform.com/213495575915164

01/02/2022

Have you registered for this Thursday's webinar? At 7 PM, join us for Instilling Hope: A Brain Based
Approach to Understanding FASDs and Other Neurobehavioral Conditions with FASCETS expert Melissa Elligson. Register https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4837034644522865935 . Find the entire series herehttps://formedfamiliesforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/2022-Winter-FASD-Webinars_Multiple_Sessions-flyer.pdf

Have you registered for this Thursday's webinar? At 7 PM, join us for Instilling Hope: A Brain Based
Approach to Understanding FASDs and Other Neurobehavioral Conditions with FASCETS expert Melissa Elligson. Register https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4837034644522865935 . Find the entire series herehttps://formedfamiliesforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/2022-Winter-FASD-Webinars_Multiple_Sessions-flyer.pdf

‘I know my parents love me, but they don’t love my people’ 01/01/2022

‘I know my parents love me, but they don’t love my people’

In tomorrow's Washington Post Magazine, persons of color, adopted by White families share their stories and perspectives.

‘I know my parents love me, but they don’t love my people’ Transracial adoptees, children raised by adoptive parents of a different race or ethnicity, are experiencing their own racial reckoning as the nation confronts its historical scars.

Timeline Photos 01/01/2022

Happy New Year from your friends at Formed Families Forward!

Happy New Year from your friends at Formed Families Forward!

01/01/2022

New year, new resources! We update our Northern Virginia Family Resource Directory regularly with new providers and the latest contact info. Search by county, insurance and trauma expertise. https://resourcedirectory.formedfamiliesforward.org/

New year, new resources! We update our Northern Virginia Family Resource Directory regularly with new providers and the latest contact info. Search by county, insurance and trauma expertise. https://resourcedirectory.formedfamiliesforward.org/

01/01/2022
12/30/2021

January webinars! Find all four of our FASD Thursday evening webinars on FASD on our EVENTS page. https://formedfamiliesforward.org/events/

January webinars! Find all four of our FASD Thursday evening webinars on FASD on our EVENTS page. https://formedfamiliesforward.org/events/

12/30/2021

DARS offers $ for respite care! Thanks to our friends at The Arc of Northern Virginia for alerting us to a $595 lifetime benefit from the Department of Aging & Rehabilitative Services for respite care of an individual with disabilities. https://vda.virginia.gov/vlrv.htm

DARS offers $ for respite care! Thanks to our friends at The Arc of Northern Virginia for alerting us to a $595 lifetime benefit from the Department of Aging & Rehabilitative Services for respite care of an individual with disabilities. https://vda.virginia.gov/vlrv.htm

Timeline Photos 12/29/2021

Great session coming up from our friends at Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC).

SSI & SSDI Basics | January 13th, 2022 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This workshop on SSI/SSDI basics will review who is eligible, the difference between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), how other income affects these benefits and who qualifies for Medicaid and Medicare.

This workshop will be presented by Andy Hardwick, Public Affairs Specialist of the Social Security Administration.

REGISTER: http://ow.ly/TWB150HgU37

12/29/2021

“I couldn’t have asked for better response times or better information.” “The workshops give lots of informative material, and the information gets you on the right path to advocating for what you and your child need.” Feedback direct from participants in our FFF consultations and trainings.
We delivered nearly 3 dozen training events last year to parents, caregivers, youth, professionals and others free of charge! Help support the continuation of our work in 2022. Donate at https://formedfamiliesforward.org/donate/

“I couldn’t have asked for better response times or better information.” “The workshops give lots of informative material, and the information gets you on the right path to advocating for what you and your child need.” Feedback direct from participants in our FFF consultations and trainings.
We delivered nearly 3 dozen training events last year to parents, caregivers, youth, professionals and others free of charge! Help support the continuation of our work in 2022. Donate at https://formedfamiliesforward.org/donate/

12/29/2021

Planning your end-of-year charitable gifts? Consider supporting foster, adoptive and kinship families with a donation to Formed Families Forward. https://formedfamiliesforward.org/donate/

Planning your end-of-year charitable gifts? Consider supporting foster, adoptive and kinship families with a donation to Formed Families Forward. https://formedfamiliesforward.org/donate/

Onward: The FFF Podcast! Family stories… – FFF 12/28/2021

Onward: The FFF Podcast! Family stories… – FFF

The newest ONWARD podcast from FFF tackles the topic of trauma and offers suggestions for managing holiday and COVID stressors. Listen to episode 6 here: http://ow.ly/wxFr30s5i4j

Onward: The FFF Podcast! Family stories… – FFF FFF

12/28/2021

For youth ages 14-22, our Stronger Together peer support groups continue in 2022, two Tuesday evenings a month. Our fabulous therapists Kim and Markeya facilitate the meetings, held in Fairfax city. Register now, the next meeting is January 4. https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/stronger-together-youth-and-young-adult-peer-support-group/2022-01-04/

For youth ages 14-22, our Stronger Together peer support groups continue in 2022, two Tuesday evenings a month. Our fabulous therapists Kim and Markeya facilitate the meetings, held in Fairfax city. Register now, the next meeting is January 4. https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/stronger-together-youth-and-young-adult-peer-support-group/2022-01-04/

Learning Your Way virtual courses – FFF 12/27/2021

Learning Your Way virtual courses – FFF

We are offering a self paced, online course offering called Learning Your Way. Be on the lookout for Spring 2022 registration in February! https://formedfamiliesforward.org/learning-your-way-virtual-courses/

Learning Your Way virtual courses – FFF FFF

12/27/2021

A new series of Thursday evenings webinars on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders will start January 6, 2022: https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/instilling-hope-a-brain-based-approach-to-understanding-fasds-and-other-neurobehavioral-conditions/

A new series of Thursday evenings webinars on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders will start January 6, 2022: https://formedfamiliesforward.org/event/instilling-hope-a-brain-based-approach-to-understanding-fasds-and-other-neurobehavioral-conditions/

12/26/2021

Register for the first in our Thursday night series - January 6 at 7 PM. Instilling Hope: A Brain Based Approach to Understanding FASDs and other Neurobehavioral Conditions https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4837034644522865935 #fetalalcoholspectrumdisorder

Register for the first in our Thursday night series - January 6 at 7 PM. Instilling Hope: A Brain Based Approach to Understanding FASDs and other Neurobehavioral Conditions https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4837034644522865935 #fetalalcoholspectrumdisorder

12/26/2021

Looking for family-friendly safe and free activities this week? The Smithsonian museums and zoo have updated COVID info. https://www.si.edu/museums For those with disabilities, accessibility specifics at https://www.si.edu/visit/VisitorsWithDisabilities

Looking for family-friendly safe and free activities this week? The Smithsonian museums and zoo have updated COVID info. https://www.si.edu/museums For those with disabilities, accessibility specifics at https://www.si.edu/visit/VisitorsWithDisabilities

12/25/2021
Timeline Photos 12/24/2021

Yes! FFF has a Podcast! Check out our ONWARD Podcast series, featuring interviews with foster, adoptive and kinship families raising children, youth and young adults with special needs. Find ONWARD on Acast, Google podcasts, Spotify and TuneIn, or click here: https://formedfamiliesforward.org/onward-the-fff-podcast/

Yes! FFF has a Podcast! Check out our ONWARD Podcast series, featuring interviews with foster, adoptive and kinship families raising children, youth and young adults with special needs. Find ONWARD on Acast, Google podcasts, Spotify and TuneIn, or click here: https://formedfamiliesforward.org/onward-the-fff-podcast/

12/24/2021

Wishing all families a safe, connected and happy holiday!

Wishing all families a safe, connected and happy holiday!

Formed Families Forward - Online Resource Directory 12/23/2021

Formed Families Forward - Online Resource Directory

Families + professionals seeking new medical, mental health, education, social services and other providers: bookmark our NOVA Family Resource Directory! It has orgs, agencies, and more for families raising children + youth with special needs. http://ow.ly/3ylS30s4Vo8

Formed Families Forward - Online Resource Directory

12/23/2021

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An assistive technology device is any item, piece of equipment, or product system used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. Helpful suggestions for parents and caregivers as they navigate AT decisions:https://www.ctdinstitute.org/sites/default/files/file_attachments/AT&IEP-ParentTips-V1.pdf

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Timeline Photos 12/22/2021

A special thank you to our donors!

A special thank you to our donors!

12/22/2021

Register now for webinars in our January Thursday night series on raising children and youth with prenatal alcohol exposure! Each has separate registration. The first is Jan 6- https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4837034644522865935

Register now for webinars in our January Thursday night series on raising children and youth with prenatal alcohol exposure! Each has separate registration. The first is Jan 6- https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4837034644522865935

12/21/2021

New position posting from Va Department of Education. Put your advocacy skills to good use!https://formedfamiliesforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/ombudsman-VDOE-00848-JOBPOSTING.pdf

New position posting from Va Department of Education. Put your advocacy skills to good use!https://formedfamiliesforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/ombudsman-VDOE-00848-JOBPOSTING.pdf

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