Social Work, Education, Counseling and Other Professionals Connect and Learn at 6th Annual Spring Forward Family Fun Day and Regional Conference


Families formed through foster care, adoption, and kinship care and the professionals who support them, will gather for Spring Forward Family Fun Day and Regional Conference. This year’s theme is Navigating Systems to Build Stronger Families. Held at the Science and Technology Campus of George Mason University in Manassas, foster and adoptive parents, kinship caregivers, and social service and education professionals will choose from sessions presented by experts in counseling, education and child welfare.

During the four-hour interactive workshop, Wendy Besmann, author of Family Road Map and the Road Map® series of training curricula, will guide professionals to deepen their understanding of the barriers to meaningful family engagement. Social workers, educators, counselors and other helping professionals participating in this workshop will gain first-hand perspectives on the barriers to family empowerment, learn a 'road map' for empowering families to navigate systems, and master a consultative approach of the road map to use with families.

4 hours of Social Work CEs are available. The Spring Forward Family Fun Day and Regional Conference is hosted by Formed Families Forward, and co-sponsored by Virginia Department of Social Services, NewFound Families and the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center at GMU.

Nearly 11 percent of children and youth in northern Virginia are living in homes with adoptive parents, foster parents, or kinship relatives. More than 5300 children and youth are in foster care across Virginia. Children in these “formed” families are at higher risk of emotional, physical, learning disabilities and special needs that challenge home and school success. Families and the professionals who work with families welcome opportunities like Spring Forward Family Fun Day to come together, connect with others who share similar experiences, and gain new skills.

Until March 3, 2019, early bird pricing is $35 per professional.


4/27/2019 9:00 AM - 4/27/2019 2:00 PM


Science and Technology Campus of GMU
10900 University Boulevard 
Manassas, VA 20110-2203


Kelly Henderson- Formed Families ForwardExecutive Director
(703) 539-2904


Collaboration Family Engagement Professional Development Professional Resources