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Registration is Open! Spring Forward Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Fun Day: Reignite Your Why! April 13, 2024, 8:30am-2:00pm (Formed Families Forward)


Register for Spring Forward Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Family Fun Day - This year, Spring Forward will be held at the Science and Technology Campus of George Mason University in Manassas on April 13 from 8:30am-2:00pm.  While parents, caregivers and professionals are enjoying sessions presented by experts in education and support of foster, adoptive and kinship families, children age 4-9 will take part in outdoor activities organized by Camp Sarraka while youth ages 10 and up will engage in GMU's outdoor experiential challenge course "The EDGE".  More information on the inclusive programming for children and teens is provided below or can be found by visiting

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Sinarski                                                 

Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH is a highly sought-after therapist, speaker, and change-maker. Weaving user-friendly brain science into everything she does, Jessica ignites both passion and know-how in audiences. Extensive post-graduate training and 15+ years as a clinician and educator led her to create the resource and training platform, BraveBrains. She partners with school districts and child welfare agencies around the world to unlock resilience in children and adults alike. 

Breakout session topics include: academic vocabulary development; behavioral health crisis supports; engaging with law enforcement; kinship care; programs for supporting youth after high school;and positive parenting strategies.


4/13/2024 8:30 AM - 4/13/2024 2:00 PM


GMU Science & Tech Campus
10900 University Blvd, 
Manassas, VA 20110


Family Engagement Recreation