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 ZoomConfer.

We are excited to announce our list of upcoming FKCE classes on ZoomConfer. 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

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: 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.

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.

Classes are held on Zoom:
Wednesdays 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
When: August 25, 2020 through December 16, 2020 (No Class: Wednesday, November 11, 2020)

Register in advance for this meeting

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

Foster Care Classes

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)

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 

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

YESS ILP Schedule Overview

Daily Living Skills:

Financial Literacy:

Educational Resources:
Wednesdays, August 25, 2020 through December 16, 2020 ( No Class: Wednesday, November 11, 2020) 6:00 PM to 8:00PM Pacific Time

Employment Options:

Employment Options:

YESS ILP Class Outline 2020

YESS/ILP Classes

Classes are held on Zoom:
When: Wednesdays, August 25, 2020 through December 16, 2020 (No Class: Wednesday, November 11, 2020) 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.

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm






August 26, 2020

Welcome:  Introductions, Self-Assessments,

Identifying Educational and Career Goals. Also allow students to provide input regarding what they would like to cover this school year,

celebration ideas

Rochelle Bard

September 2, 2020

Food; what’s good and bad, what to buy, where to buy, how to prepare. Will look at the foods we love, the ones we don’t, what our body needs to survive, the different places we can buy food and some basics on meal preparation.

Rochelle Bard


September 9, 2020

How to Cook on A Budget. Cooking Demonstration

Rochelle Bard

September 16, 2020

Estrella Aman (former foster/adopted child) owns her own business; The Organizing Compass. She will cover how to organize and stay organized

Rochelle Bard/Guest Speaker

September 23, 2020

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

Rochelle Bard

September 30 2020

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

Rochelle Bard/ Guest Speaker

October 7, 2020

Putting it all together, Q & A Celebration

Rochelle Bard

October 14, 2020

Financial Awareness: What is a bank account and how does it work. Will look at the basics of a checking and savings account, deposits and withdrawals, debit and credit cards.

How to Manage Money, Pocket change, filling applications

Rochelle Bard/ Guest Speaker

October 21, 2020

Learning about loans and renting apartments

Rochelle Bard/ Guest Speaker

October 28, 2020

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 Speaker

November 4, 2020

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/ Possible Guest Speaker

No Class November 11, 2020



November 18, 2020

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 25, 2020

Buying practice 2: will create purchase opportunities for big ticket items (i.e. car, boat, house). Use Pocket change App

Rochelle Bard

December 2, 2020

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

Rochelle Bard

December 9, 2020

Complete Self-Assessment regarding finances, budgeting, income

Rochelle Bard

December 16, 2020

Putting it all together: Financial Competency/ Celebration

Rochelle Bard


Raquel Arata

Program Director:
Dana McKnight Flentroy

Admin Assistant:
Masha Yarmolyuk

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


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


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



Classes are held via zoom.