Foster Kinship Care Education
Why do we have Foster and Kinship Care Education Program?
From 1989 to 1998, the number of children in California’s foster care system has grown by more than 50%--from 68,000 to 105,000. This dramatic increase in the state’s foster care population has been attributed to many factors—there are a greater number of children living in poverty, increasing numbers of parents who abuse alcohol and drugs, and increasing cases of child abuse and neglect. In 1984, legislation (Senate Bill 2003, Royce) was passed to create the Foster Children and Parent Training Fund for the training of foster parents. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has responsibility for overseeing and allocating the funds to local colleges statewide.
The mission of the Foster and Kinship Care Education Program is to provide quality education and support opportunities to caregivers of children and youth in out-of-home care so that these providers ;may meet the educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of children and youth in the foster care system.
At Fresno City College:
Here, at Fresno City College, both current and prospective foster parents and kinship providers in both Fresno and Madera counties are offered many support services to assist them in providing quality care of children who are placed in their homes.
Training: All trainings are free of charge and are offered in both Fresno and Madera counties. These trainings are regularly scheduled and include:
• The required 12-hours of state mandated training that one must complete to be considered “placement ready”
• Training in the topic areas of behavior management, child developmental stages, parenting and self-esteem as required by the state
• Training in the area of children with special needs, medical issues, nutrition, and intervention which meet the additional requirements for those who provide care to children who are “medically fragile” and/or “at risk”.
Lending library: A book and video resource library is available on campus with current materials, information, and resources that may be checked-out and used as support in the homes of foster and kinship providers.
Foster Kinship Care Education Coordinator
(559) 442-8210 firstname.lastname@example.org