The Foster and Kinship Care Education Program is making a difference daily in helping foster parents and foster youth.
The Foster and Kinship Care Education Program oversees an abundance of free classes and workshops supporting not only foster parents, but also those caring for young relatives placed in their home. These workshops, classes and support services – ranging from Toddler Tantrums to Supporting Successful Reunification – are helping foster, adoptive, and kinship parents to be informed and prepared to meet a foster child’s educational, behavioral and developmental needs.
The Foster and Kinship Care Education program is rooted in 1984 legislation creating the Foster Children and Parent Training Fund to train foster parents. The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office was given responsibility to oversee the fund and allocate dollars to support community college initiatives statewide. The Chancellor’s Office and local community colleges work in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services, a state advisory committee, and county departments of social services, along with foster parent and kinship care associations.
More than 60,000 youth are in the California foster care system. The Foster and Kinship Care Education program is playing a vital role in providing licensed foster parents and relative caregivers with the training and education that can help them meet the multifaceted and often complex needs of foster children in their care.