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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.



Last updated: February 22, 2018