Foster And Kinship Care

The Foster and Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE) 

All face to face classes are suspended for now. 

We will begin the FKCE interactive on-line classes starting in April that you can participate via your phone, iPad, computer. Detailed info will follow with a class offerings through an e-mail or website. You can e-mail us at FosterCare@arc.losrios.edu with any questions. Thank you for your patience through transition due to Covid-19 viruses. 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. 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

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 
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:
January 22, 2020 through March 4, 2020

Employment Options:
March 11, 2020 through April 22, 2020

Employment Options:
April 29, 2020 through May 20, 2020

YESS ILP Fall Class Outline 2019

DAILY LIVING SKILLS TOPIC PRESENTER
No Classes Until January 22, 2020    

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

Please provide your name, phone number and email address. 
Consider yourself registered for class.  You will not get a return call or email back unless the class is cancelled. 
Thank you for your interest in our classes.

Call 916-484-8626

Registration 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 at:
American River College
Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm
Room: HEED 700