Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE)

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 in-person 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.

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

All classes are FREE and open to the community.

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 A Program of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Providing classes throughout Orange County 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 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?

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 a class?

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.

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.

Resource Family Support Opportunities

 

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.

 

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 we can restore hope and build community around these wonderful kids & their families. If you are a Foster or Kinship Family in need of support, please contact Erin Kim: ekim@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

 

 

Contact Us

 

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

 

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