Formed Families Forward

Formed Families Forward


Did you know we work with Formed Families Forward to help establish family and community involvement in the VTSS process? Formed Families developed this video to help decision making teams include family members.
Our partners at Formed Families Forward have compiled a variety of resources that can help kinship caregivers with navigating the basics of kinship care, working with the schools, custody, adoption, and other issues.
We’ve had a few spots open up for Hope for the Journey! It’s Saturday the 21st from 8-4 in Wi******er, VA. Child care is provided but we are filling up with that so if you need it be sure to register soon!

I would love to see you there!
Webinar: May is for Mental Health - Understanding and Supporting Unique Needs

Friday, May 6th – 10:00 am-11:30 am

In our contemporary world with all of its uncertainties, an understanding of the basics of mental health and mental health conditions is crucial for those seeking mental health care and support, as well as those providing that support.

Join Megan Souza, Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator at NAMI Northern Virginia, and Kelly Henderson, Ph.D., Executive Director at Formed Families Forward, as they discuss statistics, basics of common diagnoses, warning signs of mental health conditions, warning signs of su***de, trauma, how to support your mental health, how to support a loved one, and what resources are available.

Register here:
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:
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 ➡️
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-
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
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:
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:
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, 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:
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:
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:

Visit us at We serve families, educators and child welfare professionals in the Northern Virginia area.

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


Raising high school or college students? Don't miss our January 10 webinar with Annie Tulkin from Accessible College.


Attention FCPS families of students with 504 plans and IEPs, Fairfax Co Public Schools has just entered into a Resolution Agreement with the US Office of Civil Rights around their obligation to provide compensatory education services during the pandemic period. Learn more about what OCR found and how FCPS will respond at and


Registrations for this Friday evening's foster, adoptive and kinship family party close at 8 PM TONIGHT! A few tickets left, get yours now!


Concerned about opioid abuse in your family, in your professional work, in our area? Learn more and provide your input at these state listening sessions, including one in person Saturday in Fairfax.


From our friends at , register now for December 3's IEP Palooza event at Annandale HS. Stop by and see FFF's table at the resource fair!


Thank you for your generosity to Formed Families Forward thus far.

And to our friends who have not yet contributed, consider contributing to Formed Families Forward this year as part of Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2022. All year round, FFF offers critical training, educational consultations, peer support groups, youth classes, family events, video and print resources, parenting classes and much more.

This past year, we reached over 2000 families formed through foster care, adoption and kinship care, as well as professional partners. Your financial contribution helps us serve even more families, including those impacted by disabilities and other special needs.

To donate visit:

Photos from Formed Families Forward's post 11/29/2022

Join the movement & giveback this Giving Tuesday!

Thank you for assisting foster, kinship, and adoptive families in need through your contribution today!

Visit to contribute now.


Today is the day! During the next 24 hours, people around the world will come together to participate in a global day of giving – Giving Tuesday

No matter how large or small your donation, we will ensure that your contribution helps foster, kinship, and adoptive families in need.

Visit to contribute now.

Parenting Through The Holidays 11/29/2022

Parenting Through The Holidays

Great thoughts on how to prepare for a less stressed holiday, from a FASD-experienced mom and consultant.

Parenting Through The Holidays Parenting kids with brain-based differences can be especially challenging during the holiday season. Changes in routine and increased anticipation of what the holidays bring can be a recipe for overwhelm, leading to incr...


Have you registered for Friday's family bash? RSVP deadline is Wednesday.


We are feeling JOLLY this season. Thankful to be connected to you ✨


Mark your calendars now for our annual winter webinar series on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). We will host three webinars on Tuesday evenings, January 17, 24 and 31, 7-8 PM. Registration will open in Dec. In meantime, find great FASD resources at


We are so grateful to be in community with foster, adoptive and kinship families. Giving Tuesday is a time we can all give back. Remember Formed Families Forward this Tuesday.


As you plan your Giving Tuesday contributions, please consider sustaining Formed Families Forward's work to support foster, adoptive and kinship families, We thank you!


On Giving Tuesday, remember Formed Families Forward.


ONE week from tonight, our in-person Family Holiday Party for foster, adoptive and kinship families. RSVP by Nov 30!


We at FFF want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. 🍁


As families prepare for the holiday, be it by cooking, traveling, building and rebuilding relationships or finding connection through gratitude, FFF wishes all who celebrate a safe and joyful Thanksgiving.

Photos from Formed Families Forward's post 11/22/2022

Last week, our in-person Formed Families Together peer support group celebrated families and practiced gratitude with a pre-Thanksgiving meal! FFT groups are open enrollment so consider joining the virtual or in-person group.


Only 10 days away from our back-in-person FFF Family Holiday Party. Food, fun, prizes and Santa await, but your family must register by Nov 30.


November is Family Engagement Month. In our work with VTSS, Formed Families Forward supports schools in empowering families to be true engaged in their multitiered systems of supports efforts. Check out these important messages from the VTSS Family Engagement workgroup!


In honor of Adoption month, we remind families and professional partners of the great new video and other training resources from new National Training and Development Curriculum for Foster and Adoptive Parents (NTDC). It's free to access!

Photos from Formed Families Forward's post 11/20/2022

A great evening with at the Xiti with the Xis pasta dinner! FFF is the beneficiary of this delicious fundraiser.


From our friends at Fairfax County Special Education PTA - SEPTA register now for December 3's IEP Palooza event at Annandale HS. FFF will be exhibiting at the resource fair!


At FFF, we are THANKFUL we are able to assist families and caregivers. What are you thankful for?


Only two more weeks until our annual adoptive, foster and kinship family holiday party! Back in person this year on Dec 2 at Providence Community Center, with food, games and prizes, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Families and professional friends MUST REGISTER in advance.


This Saturday 11/19, treat your family to a pasta dinner, on the GMU campus, hosted by the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. They have chosen Formed Families Forward as their philanthropy partner this year. Register for the dinner at


From our friends at , register now for December 3's IEP Palooza event at Annandale HS. FFF will be there at the resource fair!


A great tool for families to think through upcoming holiday stressors, from


Remember FFF during Giving Tuesday 💚


Our final IN PERSON Formed Families Together peer support group for foster, adoptive and kinship parents and caregivers for 2022 is tonight in Fairfax. Register and join others who walk similar paths! The in person group will continue in January. Our virtual group does meet in December!


Registration for fall access to Learning Your Way online course modules ends this week. Special ed, trauma, collaboration and more!


From our Friends at Fairfax County DFS! Virtual Parent Café from Parenting Education Programs will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7-8:30 p.m. to discuss Learning Your Child's Love Language.


Our friends at the Virginia Family Network are hosting a November Caregiver Challenge for all parents/caregivers!

Opportunities to win amazon gift cards and a $50 gas card! Please check out our page for more information: VirginiaFamilyNetwork


Brand new video resources from our friends at I'm Determined
to support student involvement in their IEPs! Check them out.


In honor of World Kindness Day, we want to encourage youth to apply for a mini-grant.

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is offering its annual mini-grants for youth-led projects to reduce stigma among their peers, with support from the Su***de Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN), which is funded by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

These mini-grants will fund youth-planned, youth-led projects within Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City, to be completed by June 9, 2023. A total of $6,000 is available, for requests not to exceed $1,000 each.

Visit for more information.


From our friends at Va Family Network at NAMI Virginia
Please visit to take the Parent Access Survey for all Virginia families.


Thanks to FCPS Parent Resource Center for inviting FFF to present webinar Modern Families: Fostering Resilience and Inclusivity while Welcoming and Affirming All Families last week.


We would like to share an upcoming free virtual LGBTQ+ Youth Town Hall November 15, 2022 from 6:30-8 pm. Use the QR code in the flyer to register.

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