ARC - Foster And Kinship Care

The Foster and Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE) 

provides free parenting training for foster parents and interested non-foster parents. American River College is proud to offer these classes on a rotating basis each year to fulfill the State's mandated training requirement.

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 And Kinship Care Calendar of Classes and Events

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.

Kinship Care Classes

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

Are you a grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sibling, or cousin 
raising a child who has temporarily or permanently lost their parents?

You are not alone...Grandparents or non-parent relatives care for well over one million California children.

The greatest reward to your being a parenting grandparent or relative caregiver is in knowing that a child is safe and cared for within your family. In spite of this, there are some challenges you may face:

  • Changes in lifestyle and routines
  • Financial struggles
  • Changes in family relationships
  • Dealing with feelings of isolation, grief, anger, fear and frustration
  • Lack of child care and respite care services
  • Lack of information on legal and community resources
  • Health problems caused by the pressures of parenting responsibilities

"My husband and I are retired. We had planned to spend some time with our grandchildren. We did not expect to have them all of the time... We are parenting
four of our grandchildren. This has caused a big adjustment for us."

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 2019-2020

Daily Living Skills:
September 11, 2019 through October 23, 2019

Financial Literacy:
October 30, 2019 through December 18, 2019

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
September 11, 2019 Welcome: Branding/Review prior year & coming up year/points/celebration ideas Espi Espinoza
September 18, 2019 Nutrition Basics/ Where to buy, prepare, etc Espi Espinoza/ David Woods Barkley
September 25, 2019 ILP KickOFF Will be held at Sierra 2 Community Center
October 2, 2019 Organizing Espi Espinoza/ Guest
October 9, 2019 Developing & Maintaining Healthy Relationships Espi Espinoza/ Guest
October 16, 2019 Human Sexual Development/ Sogie/ LGTBQ Awareness Espi Espinoza/ Guest
October 23, 2019 Celebration Espi Espinoza
FINANCIAL KNOWLEDGE    
October 30, 2019 Financial Basics David Woods Barkley/ Guest
November 6, 2019 What is a budget and how does it work? How to manage a budget. Espi Espinoza/ David Woods Barkley
November 13, 2019 Credit cards, loans, interest, how does it all work Espi Espinoza/ David Woods Barkley
November 20, 2019 What is a credit report and credit score. Calculation of a credit score, and how your credit score now influences far more than just getting a loan. Espi Espinoza/ David Woods Barkley
November 27, 2019 NO CLASS  
December 4, 2019 Buying practice 1. (i.e. bank account, budget, loans and credit). Cover standard items (i.e. rent, utilities, gas, groceries, etc.) Espi Espinoza/ David Woods Barkley
December 11, 2019 Buying practice 2: Will create purchase opportunities for big ticket items (i.e. car, boat, house). Espi Espinoza/ David Woods Barkley
December 18, 2019 Course/Semester Celebration  
No Classes Until January 22, 2020    

Foster & Kinship Care Contacts

DeanDiana Hicks
Admin. Asst.: Liliya Dorofeyev
Program Director: Dana McKnight Flentroy
Instructional Assistant: Masha Yarmolyuk
Phone: (916) 484-8626
Fax:  (916) 484-8817


  

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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Office Location: Davies Hall, 3rd Floor

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