Foster & Kinship Care Education Program

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Our Mission:

The Foster and Kinship Care Education Program provides 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.

"The More We Know, The More They Grow"

Program Staff:

couplebabycropped.jpgAshley Kredel
(949) 582-4884
FKCE Interim Program Director
Fax: (949) 364-2513

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Hours/Days subject to change; office closed Fridays.

FKCE Guiding Values:

The development of the Foster and Kinship Care Education program is guided by the belief that children and youth will achieve their fullest potential when:

  • Children/youth feel they belong to families that are strong, safe and nurturing.
  • There is consistency in care.
  • Caregivers are qualified, caring and knowledgeable.
  • Caregivers are retained.
  • Caregivers are linked to and collaborate with community support services.
  • There is permanency that is in the best interest of the child.

Specialized Trainings/Series for January-June 2015:

  • Early Childhood Development in Child Welfare: Supporting Lifelong Healthy Outcomes, instructed by Lynn Young; January 27 from 9:00am-4:00pm (Aliso Viejo Conference Center, 31 Santa Barbara Dr. Aliso Viejo 92656). Please see page 3 in the newsletters; pre-registration required before Jan. 20; continental breakfast and lunch served.
  • Trauma Informed Parenting, instructed by Robert Waddington; January 28 from 6:30-8:30pm (OC SSA Children and Family Services, Annex Auditorium: 744 N. Eckhoff St., Orange 92868) Please see page 7 in the newsletter for details.
  • From Foster to Future Families, instructed by Maria Barragan; Saturdays January 31 and February 7 from 12:30-4:30pm (USC School of Social Work, 2300 Michelson Dr. Irvine 92602). All caregivers, mentors, CASAs and youth 13-21 years are welcome. Please see page 6 in the newsletter for the details; call to register. Snacks provided.
  • My Guidance, Their Success: Polish Up Your Act and Land the Job You Want, instructed by Sandy Barba; February 2 from 6:00-8:30pm (Orangewood Children's Foundation, Conference Room: 1575 E. 17th St., Santa Ana 92705). Limited seating, please call to register. Light dinner provided and opportunity drawing. All caregivers, mentors, CASAs and youth 12-19 years are welcome. Please see page 4 in the newsletter for the details.
  • Early Childhood Development in Child Welfare: Supporting Lifelong Healthy Outcomes, instructed by Martha Hughes; March 16, 23, and 30 from 6:00-8:30pm (800 N. Eckhoff St.- Room 1309, Orange 92868). Please see page 3 in the newsletter.
  • Organize for Success! Helping Your Child/Teen Succeed in Self-Management, instructed by Nellie Valentine, Swanky Brain, Inc.; March 21 from 9:00am-3:30pm (Magnolia Park FRC, 11402 Magnolia Street, Garden Grove 92841). Limited seating, please call to register. Lunch and refreshments provided; and free child care for children 3 years and older (must pre-register by calling 714-530-7413. Please see page 5 in the newsletter for the details.
  • LGBT Youth: Creating Safe Spaces (Licensing Requirement)- Please refer to page 7 of the newsletter for the list of sites and dates this topic is held.

We invite you to view our class schedule in the FKCE Newsletter. New series, specialized trainings, and guest speakers were added to the schedule, plus you will find information on the recurring monthly sites and details on CPR/1st Aid, Pre-licensing classes (T.I.P.), Attachment, and Adoption classes. Courses are offered at a variety of sites throughout Orange County for your convenience. Please refer to the FKCE Sites Map to find a location nearest you.

**If you are registered for a CPR class, please note that it is your responsibility to email/call us back after you receive the confirmation call (roughly a week before the class). If we do not hear back from you in that time, your name will be dropped from the roster as we have a long wait list. After you confirm, we will send the site and parking information to you.

To register for any class, please call (949) 582-4884 or email:


A few additional highlights:

Olive Crest and New Alternatives Family Support Services host monthly guest speakers in Santa Ana. See page 14 for information on all guest speakers and topics.

Please see page 9 in the FKCE Newsletter for the Attachment Series (Spanish page 17) and Page 10 for the Adoption Series (Spanish page 16) dates for January-June 2015.