Foster and Kinship Care Education

Foster & Kinship Care Education

Our mission is to provide quality workshops, classes and support opportunities to Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship (relative) caregivers of children and youth in out-of-home care.  We offer classes that will meet the foster and relative caregiver annual 8-hour requirement.

Class topics address unique parenting challenges and ensure that caregivers have the training they need to meet the educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of their children.  We aim to inform, inspire and support our caregivers and equip them to make a positive difference in the lives of the children in their homes and hearts.

**Please visit our "Classes" tab to view and enroll in our ONLINE CLASSES.**

                                                      Vaya a la pestaña "Clases"             

                                         We offer classes in English and Spanish.  

 

                                                                                                    

Until further notice there are no In-Person classes offered at this time.

 

Our Foster & Kinship Care Education classes serve all of Orange County.

All classes are FREE and open to the community

 

 A Program of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Providing classes to enhance your parenting skills, strengthen your support network, and increase your understanding of the children in your care.

Come and be a part of a supportive learning community!

Ph: (949) 582-4884
scfkce@saddleback.edu

Mission

The mission of the Foster and Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE) 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.

Why is the FKCE Program Important?

The 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, there are increasing numbers of parents who abuse alcohol and drugs, and there has been an increase of cases of child abuse and neglect. The FKCE program plays a vital role in providing licensed foster parents and relative caregivers (now called Resource Families) with the training and education that will help them in meeting the multifaceted and often complex needs of the foster children in their care.

What about Training?

All training sessions are FREE. Our target audience is mainly Resource Families (foster parents and relative caregivers) and respite caregivers. However, most classes are OPEN to EVERYONE in the community including social workers, group home staff, family, and friends.  For a list of upcoming classes, please refer to the class schedule. Childcare is provided only at sites where it is offered. Please see the class schedule for details.

Where are Classes Held?

Classes are held at various sites throughout Orange County. See the “ Locations” tab or “Classes” tab for the various locations.

How do I Register for Training for In-Person Classes?

You must pre-register to ensure your place in the class. All FKCE 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? Call (949) 582-4884 or email scfkce@saddleback.edu.

What Type of Classes are Offered?

Our class topics meet the educational needs of resource families and are updated twice a year to meet the local needs of these families in our community.

Whether you are new to being a resource family or are an experienced caregiver, Foster and Kinship Care Education provides you with FREE classes to enhance your parenting skills while providing much-needed support and will increase your understanding of youth in out-of-home care.  
 

We also have a comprehensive menu of classes in Spanish. See our “Classes” tab for the current schedule of classes. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for an Online class?

 

How to Take an Online Foster and Kinship Care Education 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 a 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?

Classes are held at various sites throughout Orange County. See the “Locations” tab or “Classes" tab for the various locations.

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 held at OC Social Services- Children and Family Services, 744 North Eckhoff St., Orange, 92868.
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.

 

FOSTER YOUTH ATTENDING SADDLEBACK COLLEGE

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.

View Our Current Class Flyer via Constant Contact and Join In!

Classes in English:  https://conta.cc/2JeTVQw

Classes in Spanish:  https://conta.cc/3jJXoD7


ONLINE CLASSES HERE!    

(scroll to bottom to view classes offered in Spanish)

 (Desplácese hacia abajo para ver las clases en español. )     

We offer Closed Captioning. One Week In Advance: send an email request to mwehr@saddleback.edu

Include your name, class title, date, time, and instructor name. 


How To Enroll in an ONLINE Class:

 

Find the class that you would like to take.

Click on the Registration Link under the class title.

Complete the registration questions.

You will receive a return email about joining the class.

Follow Zoom Etiquette during class

(Detailed instructions can be found under our "FAQs" tab)

 

Zoom Etiquette

 

Be on time

Wear appropriate clothing

No multitasking

Frame yourself in the camera correctly

Have the right lighting in front of you

Remember, this is a classroom

Mute yourself when not speaking

Look into the camera/computer and limit distractions

No children in class


 

November 2020 Online Classes

Enroll in advance.  You will receive a confirmation email about joining the class.

 

 

Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Brenda Crary, LMFT

TBRI -  Connecting Principles

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcOigpjkpH93v5eHlH9sPzxt6QxljFOLZ 

 

Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Kathy McCarrell, MSW

What to Expect in the Journey-An Insider's View of the Adoption Experience

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsf-2qqjgtGNUSmHRQ8sp8KsxOMT6RLxfS

 

Friday, November 20, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Erin Kim, Resource Parent Mentor

Learning Circle: Supporting Transitions

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdeqsrTksHNeBj-uCJI9NPmbMGqKHNLMA 

 

Monday, November 30, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Robert Waddington, MSW

Navigating the New Covid-19 World with Our Children

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAud-2qrD8rHdT5HxoNHUvORiWeYdnExA5X

 


 DECEMBER 2020 Online Classes

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Renae Dupuis, MDiv.

Rituals and Routines to Create a Safe Home

https://ocunited.org/initiatives/fostercare/respite/fkcewinter2021/ 

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Brenda Crary, LMFT and Tristen McGhee

Adult Attachment: How We Connect

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtcOitrjIiGtd-KJTq5Dk8iqXFdofBbDnQ

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Erin Kim, Resource Parent Mentor and Raina Lee, OCDE

How to Thrive During Distance Learning

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtf-mppj8sHdCUrut86yaquOCjdt02CfoS

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Robert Waddington, MSW

Working with Birth Parents

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMuduGrpjstE90t50bd8d-ya7XDf8Pih-3O

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lindy Johnson, MSW

Hurt by Grief+Loss: Healed by YES

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpcuyrrT0rE920ee8owuw9qWBPbowmmiGv

 

Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Brenda Crary, LMFT

TBRI - Correcting Principles

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqfu2trjwuH9ZdH3yynYP8BJ95UBhuKoEn 

 

Thursday, December 3, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Kathy McCarrell, MSW

Finding Balance: Caring for Yourself While You Care for Others

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrdeCvrjooH9AYAuygsUJVJ7nR5mqNKT4z

 

Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Jacob Evans

Understanding Addiction

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpcOqhqj8uGNwoxn8aCr1LuGeEXEgpoFqR

 

Monday, December 7, 2020 6:30-8:30 pm Erin Kim, Resource Parent Mentor

Learning Circle: Partnerships in Caregiving

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpdOuorDsqHNPB3Ey2OprMim7-UVDptWjT 

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Brenda Crary, LMFT

Emotional Regulation

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvf-uspz0oH9XA82q8_A5jeKMzn0dXSZ5X

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Robert Waddington, MSW

Supporting Cultural Ties and Identity

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApcuqgrjwqHtD5ZtjNqNZQ-ECaZB40qu83

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rick Bazant, Psy.D

Anger Management

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpf-mhrjouGt1V3cCzIQL8ZBcrg7X7LMhu

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 6:30-8:30pm Rick Bazant, Psy.D

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Awareness

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtd-6vrzwqGtSLbspsG8WbrWJs95yjIkCi 

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Robert Waddington, MSW

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApfu-qrDIuG90ugUMU8fW5RUg3EimdawOX

 

Thursday, December 10, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Kathy McCarrell, MSW

Building Self Esteem and Character in Children

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkf-mupzkiHNXi7eKAM4Q_NH-ng4h-5giv

 

Thursday, December 10, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Robert Waddington, MSW

Self-Care for Caregivers in the Time of COVID-19

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcu-hqD8oH9K_x_nO9hjdpVjSKbA6viNZ

 

Friday, December 11, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Erin Kim, Resource Parent Mentor

Learning Circle: Partnerships in Caregiving

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcO2uqTMoGd1uMdF2SQ23KHu1rmVhYf9h 

 

Saturday, December 12, 2020 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. David Adams, Psy.D, LPCC, BCBA-D

Positive Discipline Strategies for Traumatized Children

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqduCpqzkvHdUa2ulyy_6yqIMdzDdynOgb

 

Monday, December 14, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Robert Waddington, MSW

Prudent Parenting

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdu-sqj0qHdZoovK6mrhe0x60nJ-c6pPd

 

Thursday, December 17, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Kathy McCarrell, MSW

Understanding Domestic Violence and Its Effect on Children

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcumurT0tGtSOxQ303lNQrWVwslX4IDYg

 

Saturday, December 19, 2020  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Renae Dupuis, MDiv.             

TBRI - Introduction and Overview           

https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/xZieCo2nkMivMpO4c1dNQm?domain=ocunited.org/


 

JANUARY 2021 Online Classes

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021  6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Renae Dupuis, MDiv.     

Social Media and Cyber Security             

https://ocunited.org/initiatives/fostercare/respite/fkcewinter2021/ 

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021  6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Robert Waddington, MSW             

Managing Everyday Behaviors

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvdeuupjkoG9AOHvaiHP_wlgCom1zmjRqq

 

Thursday, January 7, 2021  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Brenda Crary, LMFT and Tristen McGhee      

TBRI Caregiver Training- Overview and Introduction

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqdOGtqjgtGNOic3g8Xnb_IBCkWJ8A9aTB

 

Thursday, January 7, 2021  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.   Kathy McCarrell, MSW             

Supporting Cultural Ties and Identity             

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkce-trj4tGtdnFkLwq3FwizFJrxFLVjoN

 

Saturday, January 9, 2021  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Robert Waddington, MSW    

Attachment Parenting

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqfuuurzsuH9VA5aFYMzxGZ_iS5s51KcRd

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021   10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Brenda Crary, LMFT and Tristen McGhee      

Adult Attachment: How We Connect

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvdeqprDsqGd3RQN3FSx1DYfY5FxD1uuOo

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.   Rick Bazant, Psy.D          

How to Mentor the Teen/Tween Brain

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpceGhqTMtGNeYgrvT3Z5EubukENEaFRc9

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021   6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Robert Waddington, MSW             

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdeihrzgpHtwtqxqKrKtloULgIQihFovM

 

Thursday, January 14, 2021   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Robert Waddington, MSW             

Anger Management             

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrc-2tqjorGdfvPXoYV21-ey9I4gFYX-o6

 

Thursday, January 14, 2021   10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Brenda Crary, LMFT and Tristen McGhee       

TBRI Caregiver Training- Empowering Principles

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctdOCoqjsjGNc4JyMQzSThdn9VUEMvFmwP

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021  12:30 - 4:30 p.m.   Brenda Crary, LMFT             

Emotional Regulation             

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtd-ihrDgtH9JIrDJhLGGZKh6ciuoCbcuE

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Robert Waddington, MSW             

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers             

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAuc--pqjwuHtOrpiQTxgyCRwCSD5O7k-J0

 

Thursday, January 21, 2021    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Robert Waddington, MSW             

Prudent Parenting             

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdO-hrDwjGtJUxIvYB87lx6pD44q6ed-J

 

Thursday, January 21, 2021    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Brenda Crary, LMFT and Tristen McGhee      

TBRI Caregiver Training - Connecting Principles             

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtc--tpj8oHdxcDZa_Um1bH-FeWKm6dv3j

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Robert Waddington, MSW             

Building Self-Esteem and Character in the Traumatized Child

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsduiupz8oE9CWOHGiwTOV2dOlWA3Uw7na

 

Thursday, January 28, 2021   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Robert Waddington, MSW             

Navigating the New COVID-19 World with Our Children             

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErd-6sqj8uEtPtgYy_yrZjO2e04suJztTn

 

Thursday, January 28, 2021   10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Brenda Crary, LMFT and Tristen McGhee      

TBRI Caregiver Training - Correcting Principles             

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAodumorT4tHNOnLx-8jLm4n6Tps1a_6E2B

 

(Check back frequently - more classes are being added)


 

CLASSES OFFERED IN SPANISH

 

Busque su clase y luego haga clic en el enlace de registro.

Recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación sobre cómo unirse a la clase.

 


 

Thursday, November 19, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Jessica Escalante, MA

Desarrollo Infantil (0-17 anos) 

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-2oqzwpHtbOEEwzp5NHi6RCjhH8lmU5

 

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Maria Diaz-Nunez and OCDE     

Como Crecer Durante el Aprendizaje a Distancia       

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkceyvpzkqHdSt4goOaZ4IY-7qDaoP4fD0

 

Thursday, December 10, 2020    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Elizabeth Hutchinson

Como ser un padre prudente              

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqf-igqj0rHtyinQDEkiribCuEyb8juVuv

 

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Jessica Escalante, MA

Desarrollo Infantil (0-17 anos)

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqcu2vrTguEtaTqKqmAFbqY04p22xm4KXA

 

 


Cuenta Conmigo: Se proveerán temas esenciales para padres sustitutos en un ambiente que fomenta apoyo.

 

Facilitado por Laura Villegas

Se dará crédito por dos horas por clase. ¿Tiene preguntas? Comuníquese con Laura Villegas, (714) 944-4427.

 

Viernes, 20 de noviembre de 2020 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Laura Villegas

Apoyando en momentos de transición 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdu2gqz0tGNQnD_es0FxZ8MPcSoz8d8W9(link is external)

 

Lunes, 7 de diciembre de 2020    6:30-8:30 p.m. Laura Villegas

Cómo trabajar en equipo para criar a nuestros niños 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vfuqurj4uHtNw34P9TiP31AhO3MQSPO25(link is external)

 

Viernes, 11 de diciembre de 2020 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Laura Villegas

Cómo trabajar en equipo para criar a nuestros niños

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvd-qqqDMuHdSNiecumCALxo2UU9Lm9N4c

 

(Las clases se agregan con frecuencia.)


IN-PERSON CLASSES:

In-Person classes are not offered at this time. We will update this site when we have new information.

 

Foster and Kinship Care classes (In-Person) are offered at various locations throughout Orange County.

 

(In-Person classes are postponed until further notice.)

 


To view a list of locations, click on the Program Locations map.

 

Image showing locations of the various FKCE site locations

Resource Family Support Opportunities

Coast Hills Church

5 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Heart and Home is a monthly support group that meets the first Sunday of every month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Please r.s.v.p. ahead of time for Free Childcare / inquiries at heartandhome4kids@gmail.com.  Heart and Home's purpose is to support families caring for children through foster care, guardianship, adoption, and Safe Families.

 

County of Orange California

OC Social Services Agency - Children Family Services

 

Visit their website for information on Foster Care, Adoptions, Resources, Events and more:

https://oc4kids.com/

 

Family Resource Center

22481 Aspan Street, Suite B, Lake Forest, CA 92630

The South Orange County Family Resource Center (SOCFRC) offers a host of different programs designed as resources for parents. For more information on any of these services,

Click on http://www.socfrc.org/Services-Programs or call 949.364.0500.

 

KinshipCareCA.org

We hope to connect you to the services you need most, when you need them, in real time.  Find local resources and best-fit services providers by visiting us at:

KinshipCareCA.org.

 

Foster Care Auxiliary of Orange County

Foster Care Auxiliary is a proactive group of foster parents, social workers and community members dedicated to working together to provide high quality care to dependent children, foster parent support and legislative advocacy.

 

Mariners Church

 Foster Youth & Families 5001 Newport Coast Dr. Irvine, CA 92603
949.769.8100; tmcmullen@marinerschurch.org

Foster Youth & Families is an Outreach Ministry at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA. The ministry provides education, events and services to the foster population in Orange County. https://fostercare.marinerschurch.org/about/

It truly takes a village to care for the foster youth & vulnerable children in our community! We believe everyone can play a significant part. Many of the families who welcome children into their homes need a loving community & support system to help sustain them for the long-term needs that their children have -through prayer, meals and transportation. If you are a Foster or Kinship Family in need of support, please contact Tammy McMullen:  tmcmullen@marinerschurch.org 

 

OC United

418/436 W Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832 (714) 515-3085

(Classroom is in the back.) OC United provides resources and support to caregivers, children, and young adults from the foster care system through programs for parents and caregivers (RESPITE) and aged-out foster youth (THRIVE).

RESPITE Support Group (2nd & 4th Sundays) – 2:00-3:30pm – OC United 434/436 Classrooms.  Childcare available with registration. For more information and resources contact: Renae M. Dupuis, Trauma Specialist and Program Director - renaed@ocunited.org, 714-515-3094.

THRIVE stands for Transitional Home Recognizing Independence, Value, and Empowerment. The THRIVE Program empowers former-foster and at-risk youth toward healthy independence within the community by coming alongside them with case management, counseling, and providing the skills necessary to succeed in life.  We provide practical services like budget coaching, simple cooking, mentoring, job search training, and other important life skills classes. THRIVE offers various support to both in-house and non-housing participants including Educational, Life Skills, Job Skills/Career Development, Financial Literacy/Budgeting, Mentoring, Tutoring, Therapy, Interpersonal and Spiritual growth.  Our goal is to equip young men and women to THRIVE as confident, self-sufficient adults. THRIVE Nights- If you’re a former foster youth, come join us the second and fourth Tuesday night of the month at THRIVE Night!  It’s a great place to relax, enjoy a meal, connect and hang out.  Email jimd@ocunited.org to get involved!

 

Olive Crest Kinship Support

Olive Crest’s goal is to provide services that strengthen families and encourage their success. Kinship Support Services offers support to relatives raising a relative’s children. If you are a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, extended family member, or family friend who is raising your relative’s child, and you live in Orange County, support and resources are available to you.

Olive Crest’s Kinship Program Offers:

Support Groups and Workshops: Provide opportunities for education, recreation, and support in various group settings to empower relative caregivers, build positive connections and strengthen kinship families.

Support groups resume the 2nd Wednesday of January. La Habra will resume in February -see schedule below.

1st Wednesday Spanish & English Support Group is at La Habra FRC 6-7:30pm **childcare provided

2nd Wednesday English Support Group is at the Panera in Lake Forest 10am-11:30am **no childcare

3rd Wednesday English Support Group at Olive Crest Santa Ana 6-7:30pm, Saddleback College nights time is 6-8pm **childcare and teen group available

4th Wednesday Spanish Support Group at Olive Crest Santa Ana 6-7:30pm, Saddleback College nights time is 6-8pm **childcare and teen group available

Case Management Services: Relative care advocates work closely with kinship families who may be at risk for disruption by developing an individual service plan focused on addressing specific service needs. (Advocates provide connections to community resources, respite care, and individual and family counseling.)

Relative Care Mentors: Olive Crest offers experienced relative caregivers available to offer valuable insight, guidance, and support to relative caregivers through the sharing of personal experiences on an individual or group basis.

To enroll or refer a family member to Kinship Support Services, contact kinship@olivecrest.org or call 657.622.4191; En Español: Todos los servicios están disponibles en español. Para más información, contacta kinship@olivecrest.org o 657.622.4191

 

Open Arms Adoption Resource Group

Darren and Guiselle Scott (714)  599-4473

 

Saddleback Church

Join other adoptive, kinship, and foster parents for support, training, and encouragement as we learn how to better relate to our children and bring healing. We meet at three Saddleback Church campuses. We meet every Tuesday at 11am at the Lake Forest campus, every Saturday at 4pm at the Anaheim campus, the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Rancho Capistrano campus, and every 4th Saturday at the San Clemente campus.

https://saddleback.com/care/supportgroup/Adoption-Kinship-Foster-Care-Support-Group

 

The Nest Family Therapist

https://thenestfamilytherapy.com/

Contact Us

 

Martine Wehr, JD                                                              
Director
Foster and Kinship Care Education
Ph: (949) 582-4217
mwehr@saddleback.edu

 

FKCE Program Office
Ph: (949) 582-4884 - Please leave a reply email.                                                                    
scfkce@saddleback.edu