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Foster and Kinship Care

The Foster and Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE)

All Face to Face classes are suspended for now due to COVID-19. We are doing all FKCE classes via ConferZoom.

The FKCE Office will be CLOSED from June 28 through August 13, 2021.
There will be no classes in July and classes will resume the week of August 16, 2021

We are excited to announce our list of upcoming FKCE classes on ConferZoom. Each class has a link to register for the class. Once you have registered you will receive a link for the class. We have attached ARC Zoom Guidelines for attending our FKCE classes on Zoom in English and Spanish.

At each class, the instructor will verify all attendees and classes will be interactive. Once class has been completed the instructor will forward attendee’s information and within 5 working days you will receive a certificate of completion via email. If it is a class series, the certificates will be emailed 5 business days after the last class of the series.

We need all participants to complete a registration form and release of information which is located on our website. This allows us to document your attendance and report back to Sacramento County what classes you have taken to maintain your licensed status. These are to be emailed to fostercare@arc.losrios.edu

We will be adding additional classes, so please visit our website for updates. We know that this will be a new experience for some and appreciate your patience during this transition. If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to us via our email: FosterCare@arc.losrios.edu or Leave a message at (916) 484-8626. No live person to answer but all calls will be returned. Thank you for your patience through this transition due to Covid-19 virus.

All Spanish classes Por favor llame a Nayeli Rojas con cualquier pregunta al 916-709-5667.

Foster Care Classes

Current Foster Youth

Ages 16-18 are invited to join our YESS ILP classes. Foster youth who live in foster or group homes are welcomed. All prior foster youth ages 18 to 21 are also welcomed to attend our YESS/ILP Classes. The FKCE Office will be closed from June 28 through August 13, 2021. There will be no classes in July and classes will resume the week of August 16, 2021.

Register in advance for this meeting

Passcode: Empower

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We Invite You to Join Our Holding Hands Foster Care Education Classes

When you are:

  • Parenting a child placed in out-of-home care and you want to improve your parenting skills
  • Taking care of a relative's child
  • Needing to complete State mandated foster care education requirements
  • Interested in being a foster or adoptive parent

FKCE Stands for Care

Community College Foster & Kinship Care Education is supporting foster and kinship caregivers efforts more and more. We know that caregivers like you understand that parenting another's child is more than just warm and tender affection. Whether you are taking on the responsibility of caring for a relative's child or a child from within the foster care system, we understand that there is much you need to know.

We can give you the extra support you want by offering specialized educational classes. 
We will connect you with services and individuals that will offer information and resources that will help you make a greater difference.

On-Going Foster Care Education

California State Law Requires licensed foster parents to complete 12 hours of annual foster care education. Given that children are coming into the court system with greater histories of abuse and neglect than ever before, it has become more important than ever to develop excellent parenting skills, knowledge of the court system, and strong and on-going support systems.
The community college Foster & Kinship Care Education Program annually offers classes on a variety of topics, including:

  • Cultural diversity and sensitivity
  • Accessing education and health services
  • Adolescent pregnancy prevention
  • Medically fragile infants and children
  • Self-esteem enhancement
  • Understanding and working with the court system
  • Basic child development
  • Adoption and concurrent planning issues
  • Special issues as needed

There are no fees. California is supporting your efforts to increase your care- giving skills and knowledge. Classes are held in a variety of locations throughout Sacramento.

YESS Independent Living Program (ILP)

Classes are held on Zoom until further notice:

When: Tuesdays, August 17, 2021 through December 14, 2021 for Fall Semester and resume January 18, 2022 through May 31, 2022. 6:00 PM to 8:00PM Pacific Time

Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting                         

The YESS ILP (Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success Independent Living Program)

The YESS ILP (Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success Independent Living Program) prepares foster youth, 16-21 years of age, for their move into independent adult living.

Each year, approximately 4,000 of California's foster youth turn 18 and become independent, many without the necessary skills to support themselves. Studies show that as many as 50 percent of emancipated foster youth become homeless, have serious money problems, or are incarcerated. To better prepare foster youth for independence, Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success - California (YESS-California) aims to help current and former foster youth transition successfully into9 self-sufficiency and adulthood. The program was developed in 2007 through collaboration between the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the California Department of Social Services.  

There are five 6-week series of classes in:

  • Education and Training
  • Jobs & Careers
  • Personal Survival
  • Money & Budgeting
  • Wellness

Current foster youth ages 16-18 are invited to join our YESS ILP classes. Foster youth who live in foster or group homes are welcomed. Classes are held at:

American River College 
Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento, CA 95841 
ROOM: HEED 700

Contact Dana McKnight Flentroy for more information at: 916-484-8094

YESS ILP Schedule Overview

Daily Living Skills:
TBA

Financial Literacy:
TBA

Educational Resources:
TBA

Employment Options:
TBA

Employment Options:
TBA

YESS ILP Class Outline 2021

Classes are held on Zoom:

When: Wednesdays, January 20, 2020 through May 26, 2021
(No Class: Wednesday, March 31, 2021) 6:00 PM to 8:00PM Pacific Time
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrduqvqDwpHdNoG6vao5osN-DeCdSMbkFh
Passcode: Empower
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

 

TOPIC

PRESENTER

Adult Daily Living Skills

Outcomes: Participant proficient in general household skills and secure adult connections

Ideas: Creating Meals, Finding Housing and Resources, House Management (cleaning/organizing), creating relationships (pets/LGBTQ), safety

 

 

 

August 17, 2021

Preparing to become “Independent”. What are your goals, housing needs, desires, and future plans? Complete self-assessment

Rochelle Bard

August 24, 2021

Learning to shop on a budget for household items and groceries. Develop menu

Rochelle Bard

August 31, 2021

Creating Meals on a Budget-Cooking with the recipe based on the low budget meal

Rochelle Bard/Guest Speaker Chef Lorraine.

September 7, 2021

What is the cost of living? Searching for housing. Obtaining resources for living arrangements. Finding different resources for transitioning youth, college students, or young adults.

Rochelle Bard

September 14, 2021

How to maintain a healthy, safe, and clean living environment.  Safety Precautions, Cleaning Standard

Rochelle Bard/Guest Speaker House cleaning/janitorial service.

September 21, 2021

Relationships: How to create and maintain all types of relationships, ways to communicate and how to create and maintain boundaries.

Rochelle Bard

September 28, 2021

LGBTQ Advocate.  Will discuss pronouns, gender identification, expression, sexual orientation, how to cultivate healthy talk.

Rochelle Bard/Guest Speaker Youth Advocate

Financial Literacy

Outcomes: Participant open a bank account, create a personal budget, understanding of credit/loans.

Ideas: Credit Unions speaking, credit score, budgeting

 

 

October 5, 2021

Fundamentals to Financial Freedom

Rochelle Bard-Guest Speaker Dr. Enora Webb

October 12, 2021

Opening Bank Account, Checking, Savings, and Money Market Accounts. Learning to Budget

Rochelle Bard-Guest Speaker From Financial Institution

October 19, 2021

How do credit cards and loan work, and what’s the process to get one? Will look at the function of a loan, how to apply, interest rates and standard terms of conditions

Rochelle Bard-Guest from Financial Institution

October 26, 2021

What is a credit report and credit score. Will look at actual sample copy of a credit report and explain what goes into the calculation of a credit score, and how your credit score now influences far more than just getting a loan.

Rochelle Bard

November 2, 2021

Buying practice. Will create different purchase opportunities to bring together the previous topics (i.e. bank account, budget, loans and credit). Will start with standard items (i.e. rent, utilities, gas, groceries, etc.)

Rochelle Bard

November 9, 2021

How to manage the income the average foster youth receive from 16-25 years. 

Rochelle Bard

November 16, 2021

Complete Self-Assessment regarding finances, budgeting, income

Rochelle Bard

Mixture of Subjects

Variety of Outcomes for creating balance in your life

 

November 23, 2021

Possible NO CLASS

 

November 30, 2021

Power of the Heart and Mind-Connection to Leadership

Rochelle Bard Guest Speaker Dr. Enora Webb

December 7, 2021

How to manage the income the average foster youth receive from 16-25 years. 

Rochelle Bard

December 14, 2021

Complete Self-Assessment regarding finances, budgeting, income

Rochelle Bard

NO CLASSES December 21 & 28, 2021, January 4 & 11, 2022

CLASSES RESUME:

January 18, 2022

NO CLASSES December 22 & 29, 2021, January 5 & 12, 2022

CLASSES RESUME:

January 19, 2022

 

Contact

Dean:
Raquel Arata

Program Director:
Dana McKnight Flentroy

Admin Assistant:
Masha Yarmolyuk

Phone: (916) 484-8626
Fax: (916) 484-8817

Hours


Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Location

Lower Library, Rm. L033

To Register For Classes

To Register For Classes: please follow the zoom link (on the calendar of classes and events page)

English Forms:
Participant Registration
Release of Info

Spanish Forms:
Participant Registration
Release of Info

Call 916-484-8626

To Contact

The YESS/ILP (Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success Independent Living Program)

Prepares foster youth for their move into independent adult living.

The program is FREE to all foster youth or adults 16-21 years old who are or have been in foster care or group homes.

Program Series of Classes Include:

  • Daily Living Skills
  • Financial Knowledge
  • Educational Resources
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Maintaining Wellness

GUEST SPEAKERS

CELEBRATIONS OF ACHIEVEMENTS

Classes are held via zoom.