Foster Care Education
Foster/Kinship Care Education is a statewide program funded by the California Community College Chancellor's Office. This program provides a variety of training programs for foster parents through California Community Colleges. Foster parents are required by the state to have pre-service training before children are placed in their homes and renewal training each year thereafter. In order to help foster parents through this process, we offer more than 300 hours of training each year in both English and Spanish. Included in this training are specialized F-Rate (medically fragile foster children) pre-service, D-Rate (behaviorally difficult foster children) pre-service, and regular renewal-hour seminars in both English and Spanish.
The Foster and Kinship Care Education Program provides quality education and support opportunities for care givers 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.
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Each month, we feature one frequently asked question and answer about Continuum of Care Reform and the state's new Resource Family Approval process.
Q: Counties issue caregivers a "Resource Family Approval Certificate" once they are approved as a resource family. This certificate includes the family's full name and address. It also includes the date of approval and whether there are any conditions placed on the approval. Does it include anything else?
A: Yes, the certificate includes the number of children the resource family is willing and able to care for. It is important to note that the capacity does not necessarily equate to the number of children currently in the family's home. For example, a family could have two children in their home prior to being approved, but they might have room in their home and be willing to care for five children total. The certificate should, therefore, say the capacity is five. It is important for the certificate to reflect accurately the capacity so that there are not delays in funding if additional children are later placed in the caregiver's home.
AB 2121 Supports Foster Youth in Charter Schools
The Alliance for Children’s Rights supports AB 2121 (Caballero) which requires charter schools to comply with existing statutory requirements supporting educational outcomes for highly mobile student populations, including youth in foster care. The bill requires local educational agencies (LEAs), including school districts, county offices of education and charter schools, to support timely high school graduation by exempting those who transfer any time after the completion of the second year of high school from all requirements in excess of state graduation requirements, unless the student is reasonably able to complete any additional local graduation requirements in time to graduate by the end of the fourth year. AB 2121 also requires the LEA to inform the student of the option to remain in school for a fifth year in order to complete any additional local graduation requirements.
Youth in foster care demonstrate the poorest high school graduation outcomes of any group statewide (58% compared to 84% of all students statewide). This achievement gap is caused in part by the high mobility of foster youth, who transfer schools an average of eight times while in care, losing an average of six months of educational progress with each move. AB 2121 supports academic success for youth in foster care graduating on time and with their peers by extending existing requirements to charter schools.
AB 2121 passed the Assembly and is awaiting committee assignment in the Senate.