Resources from the School Social Worker

September 20, 2017

Resources from the School Social Worker:

Below you will find some resources/announcements that have been given to you by our school social Worker, Angie Huber. If you have questions, please call her. Her number is (703) 988-8222. Thank you.

Kinship Café

The Kinship Family Institute is offering a Kinship Café once a month this summer – the event is free, dinner is included and the whole family is invited. 

Kinship Café: Dinner and Discussion for Kinship Caregivers

Wednesdays: June 20, July 18 and August 22

6p to 8pm

Pick one or enjoy all three!

Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Fairfax

Activities provided for children age 0 to 17.

Registration is REQUIRED no later than the Friday before the event. Register online or by emailing KFI@fairfaxcounty.gov or calling 703-246-4653.

The Kinship Navigation line, the KFI’s helpline, is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Please call 703-246-4KIN (4546) to talk to a kinship navigator to receive connections to services and resources and feel supported in your kinship situation. Kinship care is the full-time care, nurturing and protection of a child by a relative or close family friend.

Summer Feeds Program 

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we!  The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the FEEDS (Food for Every Child to Eat During Summer) BBQ program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer.

This USDA-funded program is FREE to all children 18 years and under and only $2 for adults. There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome!

Meal service will be provided at the following sites:  https://www.fcps.edu/feeds, Monday to Friday from 11:30-1:00 pm (Poe MS starts at 11:00am) starting June 18 to August 27, with no service on July 4th.  

Dominion Hospital Summer Programs (Attachment)

Dominion Hospital’s Summer Programs will be providing our school age outpatients a toolbox this summer in order to allow children and adolescents the opportunity for greater success this coming school year.  https://dominionhospital.com/service/all-services

Crisis Resources

We know that some of the school communities are looking for information to help support conversations or discussions regarding the recent violence in Texas.  In response to this violence, students and school communities may be experiencing a wide variety of feelings. Organizations such as School Social Work Association of America (SWWAA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and The National Child Stress Network have compiled online resources to help school staff members provide ongoing support to students and families. Below are some of these resources that you may find helpful in talking to your child.  Please let Angie Huber, School Social Worker, know if there is anything we can do to support you.

Summer 2018 Enrichment Institutes and Camps

Enrichment institutes and camps focus on specific areas such as fine and performing arts, technology, study skills, science, and world languages.  FCPS and non-FCPS students are welcome.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Camp, Tech Adventure Camp (TAC), Institute for the Arts (IFTA), and the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) classes will be held at Lake Braddock Secondary School.  Programs run between June 25 and July 27, 2018.  Bus transportation is provided from select high schools and middle schools outside of the Lake Braddock pyramid.  Transportation to and from the selected high schools is the responsibility of the parent/guardian or student.

Grade level eligibility for each program refers to the current 2017-18 school year.  Click on central institutes and camps for additional information.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will host a technology institute for middle school students and a science and engineering institute for high school students.

ACE enrichment classes stimulate students’ curiosity and provide creative learning experiences in the areas of culinary arts, leadership, test preparation, technology, study skills, ESOL, and world language exploration.  ACE also offers a premier driver’s education Behind the Wheel program to prepare students to obtain their driver’s license.  Click on ACE enrichment classes for additional information.

Hypothermia Prevention Program

The Hypothermia Prevention Program is one of the county’s most successful public-private partnerships that offers shelter and other resources to families and individuals. The program incorporates the collaborative work of area faith communities, civic organizations, businesses, and individual volunteers.

The hypothermia shelters operate seven days a week from December through March. In addition, a "no turn-away" policy is implemented outside of that timeframe based on temperature and weather conditions at all of the emergency homeless shelters. Safety tips through the CDC; https://www.cdc.gov/Features/WinterWeather/index.html

Winter Social Work Newsletter

Winter and Spring RecQuest (Attachments)

The Winter and Spring RecQuest and Teens In Action registrations are now posted on the Neighborhood and Community Services website. See links below, fliers in Spanish are attached. Please share and encourage participation in these great programs!

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/recquest.htm

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/teens_in_action.htm

Women’s Center Events Calendar

The Women’s Center December classes and events calendar: The Smart Split: What You Need to Know about the Legal Aspects of Separation and Divorce; Re-entering the Work Force; Divorce 101 and 102, How to Create a Targeted Resume; A Mindful Life Webinar; Marital Assets and Liabilities in Divorce

Future Quest is a FREE college and career conference held every two years for middle and high school students with disabilities, young adults with disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them. It is organized by George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Transition Coalition. One of the largest events of its kind in Virginia, Future Quest features more than 40 workshops and 40 exhibits related to successful life after high school. http://www.futurequestgmu.org/

New Digital Citizenship Course for Families with Teens - In alignment with IGNITE, the Instructional Services Department Digital Citizenship Project Team has created a free optional course for parents and teenagers titled Digital Citizenship for Families with Teens. FCPS will celebrate Digital Citizenship Week, October 16th – 20th. This course is available now on the public website for school staff to review. Schools are encouraged to promote the course broadly during Digital Citizenship Week, the third week of October. A marketing package is available for schools to use to promote the course within the school community. (Use your @fcpsschools.net account to access the materials.) In the near future, some translated resources will be available for parents on their ParentVue Digital Citizenship tab in FCPS 24-7. Although much of the content is appropriate for upper elementary students, the intended audience for the course is students in grades 7 and up and their parents. The purpose of the course is to strengthen conversations at home about issues such as privacy and security, social media use, screen time, digital footprint, cyberbullying, copyright, and more. It is meant to support and not replace any current school-level efforts in these areas.

ARTS – Addiction Recovery Treatment Services - What is Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services? On April 1, 2017, Virginia’s Medicaid program launched an enhanced substance use disorder treatment benefit - Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS). The ARTS benefit provides treatment for those with substance use disorders across the state. The ARTS benefit expands access to a comprehensive continuum of addiction treatment services for all enrolled members in Medicaid, FAMIS, FAMIS MOMS and the Governor’s Access Plan (GAP) including expanded community-based addiction and recovery treatment services and coverage of inpatient detoxification and residential substance use disorder treatment. Medicaid Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) program, including lists of providers by region, is available on the DMAS page at http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/Content_pgs/bh-home.aspx

  • Basic Need Resources: Please let me know if your child may need school supplies or a haircut. We can often find help for these areas of need.

  • Here is the link and resource for families on the Mason and Partner clinics in Fairfax county. This is a free clinic for the uninsured; https://chhs.gmu.edu/mapclinic/
  • Formed Families Forward provides training and support to families in northern Virginia formed through foster care, kinship care and adoption. Formed Families Forward has released its full slate of fall trainings and events. They are also promoting their Stronger Together peer support groups for youth and young adults.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 2017 Announcement  - The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website has information about the recent announcement on DACA including information about the upcoming October 5, 2017 deadline for eligible renewal requests. Additionally, there are many local organizations offering free clinics to support families with DACA related questions and renewal procedures.

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