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We Stand for Care

Community college Foster and 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 provide support by offering specialized educational classes.
  • We connect you with services and individuals that will offer information and resources that will help you make a greater difference.
  • 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.

Foster Care Education Classes

We invite you to join our foster care education classes if 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

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Ongoing Education for Caregivers

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 and 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

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Education for Foster Youth

YESS Independent Living Program (ILP)

The Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success Independent Living Program (YESS ILP) prepares foster youth for their move into independent adult living. The program is free to all foster youth or adults aged 16 to 21 who are or have been in foster care or group homes.



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