Foster Care Education

6/10/20

Antelope Valley Resource Infusion Invites you to share your perspective on CHILD AND FAMILY WELLBEING AND SAFETY IN THE ANTELOPE VALLEY.


YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED!


Join us in a virtual conversation focusing in child and family wellbeing and safety in the Antelope Valley. This is an opportunity to share your perspective on what’s going well and what else needs to be done.

Register for this virtual community event!
Where: Virtual meeting through Zoom Space is limited – register through Eventbrite.


When: June 9, 2020 at 1pm,
(click to register) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/child-and-family-wellbeing-in-the-antelope-valley-hosted-by-avri-tickets-108046447834?aff=CESession1
and

June 11, 2020 at 6:30pm
(click to register) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/child-and-family-wellbeing-in-the-antelope-valley-hosted-by-avri-session-2-tickets-108052919190?ref=estw
For Spanish speakers:
Reuniones también se realizarán en español. Para más información, envíe un mensaje a rmartinez@first5la.org

 

 

 

6/1/20

The California Department of Social Services is supporting Parents Anonymous in the launch of the new California Parent and Youth Helpline, which provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  We are requesting your assistance in promoting the helpline by sharing the below information with your contacts and placing the logo on relevant websites:

The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages.  For more information, visit: https://caparentyouthhelpline.org/

6/1/20

East LA College offering online classes: All workshops/trainings will be online via Zoom. Please PRE-REGISTER through EMAIL: fkce@elac.edu or TEXT/CALL: 323-695-1552. FKCE Zoom Participant Guide and workshop information will be sent out once Registered. ~ Todos los talleres/entrenamientos se llevaran acabo en la plataforma Zoom. Por favor de PRE-REGISTRARSE por correo electrónico: fkce@elac.edu o LLAME/TEXTO al 323-695-1552. En cuanto se registre recibirá información sobre la Guía de Participante de Zoom e información del taller/entrenamiento.

College of the Canyons also offering online foster care classes at:

https://www.canyons.edu/academics/ece/professional/foster-kinship.php

5/22/20

Vicarious Trauma Workshop

May 30th ~ 10a to 12p or June 2nd ~ 5:30p to 7:30p Space is limited and pre-registration is required. https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkcOCgqDIqGNwKcRKtg xBi2jOtnutsnzga

5/13/20

WEBINAR: Thu, May 28, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT

CAREGIVER RESOURCES AND HOW TO FIND THEM Caregiver Support Webinar Series Premier Caregivers open their hearts and homes to children across the state. Sometimes caregivers want to know more about the laws and policies that affect them and their foster/kinship children. Join the California Department of Social Services analysts Andrew Leung and Lily Colby for a webinar covering how to navigate the CDSS webpage; CDSS and external resources for caregivers, and where to turn with questions. This free webinar is the first in a series intended for caregivers and those who work directly with caregivers.

To register:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9203880301315459595

 

5/12/20

Unemployment benefits for transitional youth:

Unemployment benefits

Cash payments between $40 and $1050 per week for up to 39 weeks (amount depends on prior earnings)

• Individuals who have been laid off or had hours reduced

• Under new federal rules, many groups are newly eligible to apply including gig workers, self-employed & part-time workers

 

Apply online at www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm

Checklist of what you need to apply: www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de2326.pdf

• Given the volume of claims it will likely take at least three weeks to receive benefits

• Claims take effect when you apply, not when you lost your job, so apply ASAP

• Applicants typically must answer yes to the question “Are you ready and willing to accept work that matches your work skills” to qualify

 

www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment

https://kids-alliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/OYC_UnemploymentInsurance.pdf

 

 

 

 

5/11/20

Pandemic EBT

Get help buying food while schools are closed 

Get help buying food while schools are closed Because schools are closed due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits in addition to their pick up meals from school. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT. 

 

Pandemic EBT

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits will be available for eligible California families soon!

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.

Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving in May, 2020.

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May.

 

Links:

5/5/20

Higher Education classes coming up: https://www.canyons.edu/academics/ece/professional/foster-kinship.php

WWW.ECCOMMUNITYED.COM OR CALL 310-660-6460. PLEASE LEAVE A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE OR EMAIL US AT COMMED@ELCAMINO.EDU

 

4/24/20

Food pantry by zip codes: https://www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator/

4/20/20

College of the Canyons also offering online foster care classes at:

https://www.canyons.edu/academics/ece/professional/foster-kinship.php

4/14/20

El Camino College is offering online classes (through zoom). 

TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES: ONLINE AT WWW.ECCOMMUNITYED.COM OR CALL 310-660-6460. PLEASE LEAVE A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE OR EMAIL US AT COMMED@ELCAMINO.EDU

 

4/9/20

Dear Resource Families:

At this point, Antelope Valley College is not offering and pre-service or renewal foster care classes. However, Pasadena City College is. Here is their information:

At least through April 20th, all renewal workshops will be offered via Zoom video conferencing. Please register as usual through Surveymonkey and we will send you links to register for Zoom. *Important instructions*  Please make sure you download the Zoom app in advance to access the workshop on-time from a device that has a camera and microphone (you cannot participate via audio only).  By registering for Zoom, you consent to being recorded. We will follow HIPAA requirements.  Please make sure you are available for the entire class and in a place that is quiet where you can participate undisturbed and can type responses.  Admittance to the class will close 15 minutes after the start time.  If you are absent from the virtual classroom for more than 10 minutes, you will be dismissed and not receive credit.  You will be required to show ID at the start of class and complete a post-test in order to receive your certificate.  Your certificate will be emailed to you as a PDF unless you specifically request it to be mailed.

To register for renewal hours: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8ZDL72W

For information: For more information: http://fostercare2.wixsite.com/pccfostercare or email fostercare@pasadena.edu or call 626-585-3037

4/8/20

Dear Resource Families:

Please email me at korlic-babic@avc.edu and I will send you (via email) a book written for foster children in your care. 

 

4/2/20

Drive-through Food Pantry: Saturday, April 4th; 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Where: The Highlands Christian Fellowship, 39625 20th St. W, Palmdale

 

Dear Resource Families:

Pasadena City College is offering online renewal classes. Here is the link to registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8ZDL72W. They will provide a certificate upon completion. Once they input the hours you have taken through them, we can print you a transcript. 

Also, if you need a Child Abuse Mandated Reporting Training, click on the following link: 

https://mandatedreporterca.com/. You will get a certificate from them. This class will not be in our database.

Again, please check with the college website for updates. 

Thank you and stay safe.

Dear Resource Families:

Antelope Valley College has responded to the threat of the COVID-19 virus and our college is closed through April 13th. Please check the college website www.avc.edu for the updates. All foster parent classes (pre-service and renewal) have been canceled. Should you need a transcript, please inform your social worker that they can get it by emailing the program director, Katarina Orlic-Babic at korlic-babic@avc.edu. Once back on campus, we will revise the class schedule and offer the classes at a later time. Stay safe. 

Here are some websites that may assist you in keeping your child(ren) engaged at home:

http://www.first5california.com/

https://simplysupport4ece.weebly.com/resources.html

pbskids.org

https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage

 

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.

Do you want more information on how to become a resource family?

 

http://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/Resource-Family-Approval-Program

 

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. 

 

 

Last updated: June 10, 2020