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:


Ashley Kredel
Program Assistant
(949) 582-4884

Nicole Major View profile information for Nicole Loftus
Program Director
(949) 582-4217

Fax: (949) 364-2513

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
*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 July-December 2014:

  • LGBT Youth: Creating Safe Spaces (Licensing Requirement)- Please refer to page 4 of the newsletter for the list of sites and dates this topic is held.
  • 6th Annual College and Career Fair, September 20 from 9:00am-12:30pm (University of California, Irvine: Irvine 92602). All caregivers, mentors, CASAs and youth 12-19 years are welcome. Please call for information. See the back page of the newsletter for details.
  • Developing Professional Resiliency, instructed by Lynn Young; September 23 from 9:00am-12:00pm (OC SSA Children and Family Services, Annex Auditorium: 744 N. Eckhoff St., Orange 92868). Please see page 4 in the newsletter for the details; call to register.
  • My Guidance, Their Success: Polish Up Your Act and Land the Job You Want, September 29 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 3 in the newsletter for the details.
  • The Addicted Family, instructed by Charles Peterson; Tuesday, October 14 from 1:00-4:00pm (OC SSA Children and Family Services, Annex Auditorium: 744 N. Eckhoff St., Orange 92868). Please see page 5 in the newsletter for the details; call to register. **Please note the time change for this class
  • Social Media's Ugly Side, instructed by Gary Taylor Jr.; October 18 from 9:00am-3:30pm (Westminster FRC, Community Services Building, Room B: 8200 Westminster Blvd., Westminster 92683). Limited seating, please call to register. Lunch and refreshments provided; and free respite event for children (must pre-register by October 14). Please see page 6 in the newsletter for the details.

  • Please note the following changes:
    - Due to the Veterans Day holiday, the November 11th Grief and Loss for Children training at Western Youth Services will now take place on Tuesday, November 18th instead.

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, 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:

In late Spring 2014 the English Pre-Licensing classes (formerly PRIDE) changed to a new curriculum focused on trauma-informed practice, now called the Trauma Informed Parenting (T.I.P.) Series. The Spanish T.I.P. Series will be available by 2015. Please call (888) 871-5437 to inquire about becoming a foster parent.

Olive Crest and New Alternatives Family Support Services host monthly guest speakers in Santa Ana. See page 13 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 9 for the Adoption Series (Spanish page 16) dates for July-December 2014.