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May 26, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
You may or may not have heard of the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. The show depicts many issues that affect teens today, including bullying, sexual assault, and suicide. It can be difficult as a parent to decipher whether or not to even allow kids to watch it, but if you do allow them, how to talk to them about the issues that arise. In her blog post, Kayla Marston, an elementary school couselor talks about the concerns regarding 13 Reasons Why as well as how to address them.  Here are a few of the concerns:
May 5, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
 
April 26, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
     
April 19, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Formed Families Forward is hosting a family fun day for all adoptive and foster families next Saturday, April 29th! Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bruce Thyer, will give a presentation on "What Really Works and Doesn't Work for Tough Kids" and families will have their choice of breakout sessions including a Q&A with Dr. Thyer and a presentation on "Cruising Through Conflict: How Kinship and Other Formed Families Can Keep the Peace". There will also be a teen breakout session, "Poetry in Motion: The Rap Connection".
April 11, 2017
Margeline Thomas
"A Family Is What You Make It" That’s what National Public Radio Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep says.
April 6, 2017
Kate Simpson
Pregnant?  Our pregnancy counselors are here to listen and help.
April 5, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Helping teens navigate safety when it comes to technology can be difficult for parents - especially parents who have recently adopted their older child. Often, teens come into your home with already established habits and routines when it comes to their phones and social media, so it is helpful to set rules and guidelines to ensure they are using technology in a safe and healthy way. Read the article below from an adoptive mom who is just beginning her journey of raising teenagers. 
March 30, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
A Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) diagnosis often times can give children in foster care a scary and misunderstood label. Often, adoptive parents aren't particularly sure what RAD is or exactly what it looks like. While it may not be the right choice for some families, adoptive parents should be aware of the realities and implications of RAD before making a decision.
March 28, 2017
Alex Williams, PWNL's Outreach Coordinator is holding a workshop tomorrow, March 29th, 2017 at 7PM in Leesburg! Are you or someone you know interested in older child adoption, or are just passionate about being an active citizen? Attend our workshop to learn about why children enter the foster care system, the experiences they have, and ways that individuals, families, and communities can help address the growing number of children in need of permanent families. 
March 27, 2017
Andrea, Adoptive Mother
Wow – the day was here!  We were on our way to the hospital to visit with the birth parents (who we had only met two days prior) and meet our son!  We were incredibly excited, yet probably the most nervous we have ever been!  What do we say?  What if we cry?  Is it ok to hold him?  What if they change their mind?  A million scenarios were racing through our minds.

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