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Description: We are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. We serve families, educators and child welfare professionals in the Northern Virginia area. Formed Families Forward’s mission is to improve developmental, educational, social, emotional and post-secondary outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and other special needs through provision of information, training and support...
Description: This Formed Families Resource Directory provides information about programs and services offered in Northern Virginia to support families formed by adoption, foster care and kinship care who are raising children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. This directory is provided as a free service to individuals and other organizations and agencies. It covers the areas of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County. Some entries are listed...
Description: How is summer already over? It seems that it’s only just begun. The reality is the kids will be back to middle and high school before the last sip of summer is had. And with the new year, there are often new challenges. As many say, “Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems.” But mental health issues that are diagnosed and treated early have the best prognosis and do not have to become “big problems.”. As our children grow into tweens and teens, there is...
Description: This includes: A free monthly Webinar, A 1-minute Insight Video, Free Counseling Insights Handouts (Safety and Wellness Plan, Goal Setting, Informal Suicide Risk Assessment and Identifying Emotions), Free Handouts (Examples include: Mindful Breathing Tips, Myths about Suicide, Healthy Habit Log, Crisis Response Log, and more), Free Manual (Subscribe to our newsletter and receive a free download of our 52 page Anxiety – Practical Intervention Strategies resource manual)
Description: A growing body of research has made it increasingly apparent that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a critical public health issue. ACEs are potentially traumatic experiences and events, ranging from abuse and neglect to living with an adult with a mental illness. They can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being in childhood or later in life.1 However, more important than exposure to any specific event of this type is the accumulation of multiple adversities during...
Description: Childhood trauma is common. More than two thirds of children in the United States experience a traumatic event or circumstances—such as abuse or neglect, death of a loved one, or community violence—by the time they turn 16. Young children in particular are disproportionately exposed to traumatic events and circumstances. Children exposed to trauma may display heightened aggression, impulsivity, or poor social skills. They often struggle...
Description: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SAMHSA Strategic Initiatives help provide treatment and services for people with mental and substance use disorders, support the families of people with mental and substance...
Description: Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Description: What is ARC? ARC is a framework for intervention with youth and families who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged traumatic stress. ARC identifies three core domains that are frequently impacted among traumatized youth, and which are relevant to future resiliency. Designed to be applied flexibly across child- and family-serving systems, ARC provides a theoretical framework, core principles of intervention, and a guiding structure for providers. ARC is designed for youth from early...
Description: NCTIC works to eliminate the use of seclusion, restraints, and other coercive practices and to develop the knowledge base on trauma-informed care. Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. NCTIC facilitates the adoption of trauma-informed environments in the delivery of a broad range of services including mental health, substance use, housing,...
Description: The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success is a handbook for teachers written and compiled by OSPI and Western Washington University staff. It contains valuable information that will be helpful to you on a daily basis as you work with students whose learning has been adversely impacted by trauma in their lives.
Description: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC) Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) (Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute) Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (2008) (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, NCTSN) Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence (Activities Guide) Handbook: The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success (Compassionate Schools: The Heart of...
Description: All kids feel anxious from time to time. But kids with learning and attention issues are more likely to struggle with anxiety. How can you tell whether your child's level of anxiety is typical and appropriate? Learn when it's something to be worried about or a side effect of a medication like Ritalin. Then, read what one mother learned when her son got a 504 plan—beginning with the fact that there's absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
Description: The mental health of our children is a natural and important concern for us all. The fact is, many mental disorders have their beginnings in childhood or adolescence, yet may go undiagnosed and untreated for years. We refer to mental disorders using different “umbrella” terms such as emotional disturbance, behavioral disorders, or mental illness. Beneath these umbrella terms, there is actually a wide range of specific conditions that differ from one another in their characteristics...
Description: Do you want to start the conversation on mental health within your community? Do you want to offer support to parents and your around mental health? The Virginia Family Network and Youth MOVE Virginia offer free, customizedable "Done in a Day' mental helath workshops or presentations to all communities in Virginia. Presentations can range from 1-2 hours while workshops can run up to 6 hours Both options can target various audiences including youth, parents, schoolprofessionals, youth serving...
Description: Virginia Family Network is a statewide grassroots movement of families committed to providing opportunities that support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs towards balance and improved family functioning. Similarly, Youth MOVE Virginia (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) is a statewide grassroots movement to provide youth an HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU? Resources:• Helpline – 1-888-486-8264 - Toll free warmline for a...
Description: Healthy brain development is essential for realizing one’s full potential and for overall well-being. For children and youth who experience child abuse or neglect and associated trauma, brain development may be interrupted, leading to functional impairments. Ongoing maltreatment can alter a child’s brain development and affect mental, emotional, and behavioral health into adulthood. Frontline child welfare professionals are in a unique position to recognize developmental delays in...
Description: In almost every early care and education (ECE) program across the country, there are children who have experienced trauma or who will, during their early childhood, experience traumatic events. Trauma in early childhood takes many forms, including abuse or neglect, witnessing violence, and having prolonged separation from or loss of a parent. An extensive body of research has documented the negative impacts of trauma on young children’s behavior, learning, and other long-term school- and...
Description: The beginning of each school year offers students and staff members an opportunity to start a new learning journey.  This year students across the Commonwealth are entering schools on the heels of widely publicized events in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In order to provide guidance to students, school staff may be looking for resources to help students, educators, and communities have conversations about those events. Students of all backgrounds are experiencing a time in which social...
Description: Autism Speaks provides a list of safety products, including: Safety Teaching Stories from Twigtale Life Journey through Autism: A Guide to Safety from the Organization for Autism Research Alert Me Bands AMBER Alert GPS Angel Guard AngelSense Autism ID Card Autism Safety Initiative AWAARE: Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education Collaboration BE SAFE The Movie (BSTM) And many more...
Description: This includes the following chapters: Enhancing Progress for Meaningful Family Engagement in all Aspects of Positive BehavioralInterventions and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Family Engagement Foundations: Supporting Children and Families Engaging Families Through School-Wide Positive Behavior Support: Building PartnershipsAcross Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Translating Family Engagement Strategies to Practice in Local Sites Implementing PBIS Promoting Family Engagement...
Description: This web app provides online resources to help famililies raising children and youth in foster care and kinship care, where children and youth are brought up by non-birth parent relatives. The following topics are covered: Trying to Enroll a Child in School? Concerned about Learning or School? Concerned about Mental Health or Behaviors? Need Public Benefits? Concerned about Transitions Through School and After? Concerned about Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs? Involved in the Court...
Description: The Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations, the Administration for Community Living, the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS have worked together to develop the resources at this website, which was released in January 2017. Visit the site to discover concept papers, discussion questions, examples, and frameworks. Taken together they provide an...
Description: The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). We collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR. NIDILRR funds more than 250 projects each year that conduct research on a wide range of issues including technology, health and function, independent living, and capacity...
Description: The Every Child Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Under ESSA, the States and Districts are given more leeway as to how federal dollars are to be spent on education. This reduces the role of federal oversight by giving power back to the states to make decisions about appropriate spending and to have greater flexibility in setting their own academic performance targets and effective interventions. To help, Congress created a block grant called the...
Description: One out of every 4 children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. Help is available. Hope is possible! This site includes: Child Trauma: A Toolkit for Educators School Resources for School Personnel Bullying & Cyber Bullying: Awareness/Prevention Psychological First Aid: For School- A Complete Manual Other Network Resources for Educators on Child Trauma Schools and Trauma: Speaker Series (Free Online Education- must create an...
Description: You can play an important role in helping your children and teenagers recover from traumatic events. We have designed these pages for birth parents, adoptive parents, resource/foster parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all others who care for children and teens. We are using the words "child" or "children" to include adolescents. Although teens may not think of themselves as children, parents and caregivers most often refer those of any age (toddler, school-age, teen, youth, adult) in our...
Description: Information for Educators: Trauma Facts for Educators Suggestions for Educators Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: Preschool Children Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: Elementary School Students Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: Middle School Students Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: High School Students Brief Information on Childhood Traumatic Grief for School Personnel Self Care for Educators Information for Parents and Caregivers:...
Description: According to the latest statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 43.8 million Americans, or 18.5% of the national population, experience mental illness every year. Mental illness is a broad term defined by the Mayo Clinic as any disorder that affects one’s mood, thinking, or behavior. When mental illness influences family life, work, education, and other aspects day-to-day life, the condition is known as a psychiatric disability. A recent report from Johns Hopkins...
Description: Who We Are The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works. Where We Come From Members of the National Federation come from all...
Description: The Virginia Family Special Education Connection Website provides Local Disability Services information for all of the Counties/Cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These services include: Arc (The Arc) Care Connection for Children (Health Department Program) Centers for Independent Living Child Development Services Program - Clinics Community Services Board (CSB) Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Department of Social...
Description: Trauma affects youth in all communities, and responses to those experiences by child-serving systems are critical. It is important for providers serving youth to understand how best to respond and support healing. This brief discusses the concept and prevalence of trauma; techniques for coping with, and recovering from trauma at an individual and systems level; the core principles for building a framework for understanding trauma; and implementation of elements essential for a trauma-informed...
Description: This guidance, issued on October 21, 2014 by the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, addresses the bullying of students with disabilities. The guidance is in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities.
Description: Although definitions of bullying vary, experts generally agree that the core elements of bullying consist of unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children involving a real or perceived power imbalance. There is also an element of repetition, meaning the behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time. Types of bullying include: Physical abuse Verbal abuse Social exclusion Spreading rumors Cyberbullying (via e-mails, texts, websites) The Centers for Disease Control...
Description: Sleep affects how children feel and function. By helping your child to get the recommended amount of sleep, you can improve your child's health, psychological well-being , and safety. Sleep is key to your child's growth and development as well as his/her ability to learn. (Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine)
Description: STRYVE, or Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24. STRYVE’s vision is safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities. STRYVE’s goals are to: Increase awareness that youth violence can and should be...
Description: An easy-to-read booklet on Bipolar Disorder in children and teens that explains what it is, when it starts and how to get help. (NIMH- National Institute of Mental Health)
Description: This Adolescent Health Highlight presents key research findings on characteristics that are associated with resilience; describes program strategies that promote resilience; discusses links between resilience and avoidance of risk-taking behaviors; and provides helpful resources on the topic of resilience.
Description: This information sheet is provided to help you recognize and understand sports concussion. Neurologists from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) are doctors who identify and treat diseases of the brain and nervous system. The following evidence-based information* is provided by experts who carefully reviewed all available scientific studies on evaluating and managing sports concussion in athletes. Concussion is a serious health issue.
Description: The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation was created through a grant from the Office of Head Start. The Center translates research in healthy mental development into materials tailored to the needs of each of the target audiences, and makes them available on this website.  This site includes Best Practice Tutorials designed to enhance your skills and knowledge around how to implement effective mental health consultation in Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs.
Description: At Lumos Labs, we believe in improving brains —and lives. That’s why we created the most effective online tool for cognitive enhancement. Drawing on the newest developments in neuroscience, Lumosity.com offers brain training exercises that work. Regardless of your age, Lumosity can make you smarter and more mentally fit. There is a free trial available. There is a membership cost.
Description: The purpose of this Resource Document is to present and describe 15 principles for State, district, and school staff; parents; and other stakeholders to consider when States, localities, and districts develop policies and procedures, which should be in writing on the use of restraint and seclusion.
Description: This resource contains 2 different reinforcement inventories. The items in this questionnaire refer to things and experiences that may give a person, satisfaction, or pleasureable feelings.  It requires the child, parent and/or professional to check items that describe how much the individual enjoys the things described.  
Description: Goal Improve the healthy development, health, safety, and well-being of adolescents and young adults. Overview Adolescents (ages 10 to 19) and young adults (ages 20 to 24) make up 21 percent of the population of the United States.1 The behavioral patterns established during these developmental periods help determine young people's current health status and their risk for developing chronic diseases in adulthood.2 Although adolescence and young adulthood are generally healthy times of life,...
Description: Concern about responding to behavior problems and promoting social and emotional learning are related and are embedded into the six arenas we frame to encompass the content of student/learning supports.
Description: This bilingual family Guide was developed with the support of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services CARING FOR EVERY CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH: Communities Together Campaign, a national initiative to promote mental wellbeing in children. The Guide is intended to assist parents and caregivers about how to seek help for children with mental health problems. Information is provided on what they need to know, ask, expect, and do to get the most out of...
Description: The Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN), a program of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support, and stability they seek. This site includes: Education: The path to mental health begins with knowledge. People who have mood disorders can more readily achieve wellness when they recognize the symptoms and understand the issues related to this spectrum of conditions. Written in plain English and crafted in...
Description: Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. During the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. By supporting the caring adults who touch the lives of infants and toddlers, we hope to maximize our long-term impact in ensuring all infants and...
Description: The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of how school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) as a framework for improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and relevance of practices to prevent school violence and bullying behavior, in particular. (OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
Description: The items in this questionnaire refer to things and experiences that may give a child joy, satisfaction, and/or pleasurable feelings. (Autism, intellectual disabilities, behavior)