Foster and Kinship Care Education FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for an Online class?

1.   Select your class from our website (go to the "Classes" tab), or select your class from the flyer that you

      may have received.

2.   At least three days in advance of the class, click on the Registration Link for your class.

3.   Complete each field on the registration page.

4.   You will then receive an email with the "Click Here to Join" link.  Please note that if you register early and

      are not be able to find your "Click Here to Join" link email,  you will need to register for the class again

      by going to:

      www.saddleback.edu/el/fkce , go to the "Classes" tab, find your class , click on the Registration Link,

      and register for the class again.  This will immediately generate a confirmation email with a new

      "Click Here to Join" link that you can click on to join the class.

5.   Write the date of your class on your calendar as a reminder of your upcoming class. You may also receive

      an email reminder prior to class from the instructor.

6.   On the day of the class, “Join the Class” by clicking the link on the invitation to join the class.

7.   You are not required to have a Zoom account to join a class.

8.   Before you attend class, please review the Zoom Etiquette for Online Classes document.

9.   You must be present for the entire class time to receive credit. There will be a class evaluation at

      the end of  class.

 

What to Expect in Your Online “Virtual” Class

1.   Your instructor will have questions for you in lieu of a paper class sign- in sheet.

2.   When the class instruction begins, follow the Zoom Etiquette for Online Classes.

3.   At the end of class, you will receive a link in the chat box to complete a class evaluation.  When the class is          completed, you will receive:

      A Certificate of Completion

 

(The registration FAQs below pertain mostly to In-Person classes.  Our In-Person classes have been postponed until further notice. Go to our "Classes" tab for current ONLINE CLASS information.)

How do I register for an in-person class?

You must pre-register to ensure your place in the class. All Foster & Kinship Care Education classes are free.

In the class schedule, you will find a wide variety of in-person courses to provide you with the knowledge and support to be the best caregiver you can be. Please note that all approved resource caregivers must do eight training hours every year.

HOW TO REGISTER:

Open the "Classes" tab and view or print the Schedule of Classes. Select your classes. Follow the registration instructions listed under the location of your class.

When registering, please provide:
•          Your name, phone number, and email address
•          The class name, location, and time.

Please note there must be at least two participants for classes to be held.   Classes start promptly at the start time indicated in the catalog. In order to receive the full credit hours for a class, you must arrive on time and attend the entire class.

Canceling your registration: If you need to cancel your registration, just call our office or send an email and let us know.  This way we can offer your place to someone else, or take the necessary steps to change the status of our class offering.

Priority registration is given to Resource Families (prospective, new and/or licensed) and respite caregivers. However, space permitting, most of our classes are open to the community.  We encourage social services staff, juvenile probation officers, group home staff, foster family agency homes (FFAs), and family and friends of resource families to participate in our classes.  Children are welcome when childcare is offered.

Questions? Please send us an email scfkce@saddleback.edu.

 

How much are your classes?

All FKCE classes are free.

Where are the classes located?

All FKCE classes are currently only offered remotely.  When COVID restrictions ease, we look forward to offering classes in-person as well.

Is childcare available? 

Children are welcome when childcare is offered. See each site listed in the class schedule for details.

How can I become involved in FKCE as a resource parent?

Join us for our quarterly FKCE Advisory Board meetings.

Meetings are currently held remotely.

Contact Martine Wehr at mwehr@saddleback.edu or (949) 582-4217 for dates of our upcoming meetings.

Do you offer classes for youth?

Our classes are primarily for adults who are caring for children in out-of-home care. We may occasionally offer a class where youth may attend with their resource parent, but that would be clearly stated in the class description in the class catalog.

Do you offer Closed Captioning services?

We offer Closed Captioning services.  At least one week in advance, please send an email request to mwehr@saddleback.edu. Please include your name, class title, date, time, and instructor name.

 

Whom do I contact concerning foster youth who may want to attend Saddleback College?

 

BRIDGES Program

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) has recognized that there is a significant deficit regarding youth from foster care attending higher education. Acknowledging this need, they are sponsoring a concerted effort called the Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) to bring issues affecting these youth to the forefront and to improve the ability of these youth to access post-secondary education and benefit from the support services that are available but are often unknown to them.

Saddleback College offers supportive services to current and former foster youth through the Bridges to Foster Student Success (BRIDGES) Program. The BRIDGES Program (formerly known as the S.T.E.P.S Program) is funded through the Saddleback College Student Equity Program and is committed to supporting current and former foster youth students. The BRIDGES Program serves as the primary support service for current and former foster youth to access both on-campus and off-campus resources. 

Location: SSC 126

BRIDGES Phone: (949) 582-4622
Fax: (949) 364-6949
Email: 
sceops@saddleback.edu
 

Office Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesdays 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fridays 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

What types of services and support are available to a former foster youth who attends Saddleback College? 

If your youth needs help to register for Saddleback College classes,  please contact Jeffrey Hannibal at the EOPS office at (949) 582-4620. Location: SSC 126.

Have questions about Financial Aid? Visit http://www.saddleback.edu/fao .

You can also stop by the Financial Aid office on campus or contact Donata Thokozile at tsenda@saddleback.edu (949) 582-4233. Location SSC 106.

 

After a foster youth has registered as a Saddleback College student, they may elect to meet with an Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) counselor to learn about the many support resources and programs available to them on campus. Visit  http://www.saddleback.edu/eops or call (949) 582-4620. Location: SSC 126.