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FREE Foster Parent Training available on a regular basis at Cenpatico U. Here is the link to learn more:

Foster Parent Training and Certificates available online at

 The Children's Bureau bring us great information on the Child Welface Information Gateway. Also available is the Family Engagement Inventory. Learn more about livebooks in the Parenting After Adoption section.

A Practice Guide to Family Search and Engagement from CUNY, Hunter College.

Special Education Guide Book for Parents for the Virginia Department of Education. Also, you may want to view this Powerpoint on Credits and Graduation Requirements for Students with 504 plans and IEPs.

Kinship Care School Enrollment law in Virginia when relatives have physical or legal custody of children. Read more about kinship care enrollment facts.

Resource and information if you are experiencing difficulty getting an IEP for a child in your care.

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center works collaboratively with families, schools, and communities to provide educational success for children, with a focus on children with disabilities. 

Formed Families Forward provides training and direct support to northern Virginia foster, adoptive, and kinship families raising children and youth with disabilities and other special educational needs. Check out their regional, state, and national resource directory.

Wrights Law is a special education resource to foster advocacy for children with disabilities.  

Great Expectations is a program of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education to support young adults from foster in an educational transition to community college. Check out this informational sheet on accessing community college support through Great Expectations. 

Foster 2 Success is a national program based in Virginia with a mission to ensure that young adults with a foster care history have the opportunity to attend college and graduate!

America's College Fund for Foster Youth provides access to infromation ranging from scholarships and vouchers to mentoring and support. 

The following webinars are available for viewing:

Fostering Futures: How the process works for extending care to 21

Originally presented September 21, 2016


Em Parente, Foster Care Program Manager, will take us through the policy and practices of the Fostering Futures program. The webinar will explain not only process but eligibility in foster care and adoption.

Kinship Adoption Webinar

Originally presented July 23, 2013


Grandparents and other relatives who are considering caring for relative children who are in the custody of public child welfare agencies need to consider a number of factors before making the decision. What level of support is the agency offering in term of monthly cash benefits, medical coverage, and other special services? Does the support vary if you choose to be a foster parent, legal guardian, or adoptive parent? What are the agency requirements for each of these categories? These and other question will be addressed in the webinar.

The presenters will be Josh Kroll, Project Coordinator, Adoption Subsidy Resource Center at the North American Council on Adoptable Children, and Joe Kroll, Executive Director for the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

What do I do when nothing works? Problem solving for children with severe behaviors

Originally presented April 24, 2013

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Wilma Vance is a lifelong coach to parents and uses her years of experience and training as a foster and adoptive mom to help other parents.

Children who have survived abuse, neglect, and abandonment are forced to find ways to cope with the infringement on their trust and respect of caregivers. Difficult behaviors are a symptom of the challenges they are facing internally. This webinar is one mother's explanation of how she has successfully used strategies based on nurturing and respect to help children through their difficulties.

From Negotiation to Collaboration: It's all for the children!

Originally Presented March 20, 2013

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This webinar will discuss with participants a different strategy for working with the system and its workers to secure what children need. Participants will learn the PATH model for planning and be provided tips for applying these techniques with the child's service planning team.

Advocacy: A Multiple Approach to System Change

Originally presented on March 13, 2013

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This webinar will explore with registrants the various avenues they can use to change the child welfare system in Virginia. Participants will learn:
  • Local strategies for impacting community systems of care
  • State strategies beyond writing to your legislator which have a tremendous impact on the services and funding children receive.
  • National action coalitions which can assist advocates in influencing federal legislation and regulation.

Wednesday Webinar on VEMAT

Originally presented on February 20, 2013

VEMAT has become a part of the child welfare vocabulary. It is a result of the federal government requiring Virginia to have a statewide methodology for determine additional care rates in foster and adoptive homes.

Learn about the VEMAT and the most recent changes. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of state staff and one of the FACES' members who served on the VEMAT committee.

Presenter Vernon Simmons is the Foster Care Services Supervisor with the Division of Family Services Permanency Unit at VDSS.

Webinar on Managed Care for Foster and Adopted Children: What you need to know

Originally presented on February 6, 2013

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The process has already begun to convert Medicaid health coverage for children in Foster Care and those eligible via Adoption Assistance to Managed Care from fee-for-service. Basically this means that all foster care children who are in foster family homes (and those in level A and B residential care) will be assigned to one of a number of Managed Care organizations beginning either on July 1 or October 1, 2013 depending on which part of the state the child is residing. This will also happen for children in adoptive placement who are Medicaid eligible as a result of an Adoption Assistance Agreement.

Vernon Simmons, the Foster Care Services Supervisor with the Division of Family Services Permanency Unit at VDSS, will be conducting our Wednesday Webinar on February 6 to go into more detail about this process and to explain how this will change foster care providers' interaction with health care providers. Vernon will discuss the role of Foster and Adoptive Parents and local agency caseworkers in this new process.

Adoption Assistance Webinar

Originally presented January 30, 2013

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In this session, you will learn the basics of adoption assistance for children adopted from foster care. Topics include eligibility, benefits, and more. Participants will receive state specific information and will come away with concrete information and strategies to better advocate for foster and adopted children with special needs.

Josh Kroll: Josh is the Project Coordinator of the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center, a program of the North American Council on Adoptable Children. He has worked at NACAC for 14.5 years, 9 years as a program assistant to the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center and 3.5 year as Project Coordinator. In his 12 years working with the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center he gained an extensive knowledge of federal and state laws and policies that he draws upon to answer thousands of inquiries from parents, workers, and administrators.

In addition to his work with the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center, he has supported NACAC's parent group work. He has also co-written NACAC's federal adoption tax credit fact sheets. Beginning in July 2011 he is the Region 5 Advisor to the National Foster Parent Association. He was named a 2012 Angel in Adoption for his work on the adoption tax credit.

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Ashland, VA 23005
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