Foster and Kinship Education

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Welcome to the Foster and Kinship Education Program

The Foster and Kinship Education (FKCE) Program provide quality education and support opportunities for caregivers of children and youth in out-of-home care so that these providers may meet the educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of children and youth. The FKCE Program is a statewide program funded by the California Community College Chancellor's Office. This program provides a wide variety of training programs for resource parents through 57 California Community Colleges.

Foster Parents and Relative Caregivers are required by the state to have pre-service training prior to children being placed in their homes and renewal training each year thereafter.  To assist foster/kinship parents with this process, we offer more than 500 hours of training each year. Each class provides a Certificate of Completion for each training course that you complete. These certificates confirm the completion of training hours for those that require annual certification.  

How to Become a Foster Parent

There are thousands of children in California's foster care system who require temporary out-of-home care because of neglect, abuse, or exploitation. The preferred placement of children who require out-of-home care is with relatives. If a home with relatives is not a possibility, foster parents, relative caregivers and other caretakers provide a supportive and stable environment for children who cannot live with their birth parents until family problems are resolved. In most cases, the foster parents and care providers work with social services staff to reunite the child with birth parents. Foster parents often provide care to many different children.

A license is required to operate a foster home. The process requires a licensing worker to visit your home and meet with you and other family members. Minimum personal, safety, and space requirements are required by law. Foster parents work with social services staff to decide the type of child best suited for their home.

Children who require out-of-home care generally come under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. The juvenile dependency process involves a series of hearings and case reviews which may result in foster care placement, including placement with relatives.

To become a foster parent, the applicant(s) must complete an Informational Meeting and the Resource Family Orientation. Attend Pre-Approval training to learn how to meet the needs of children in care and how to best work with the child’s family. Applicant(s) must be certified in CPR and First aid by completing in classroom-hands on training.

The Resource Family Approval Program (RFA) is a Pre-Service training mandated by the Department of Children and Family Services for all prospective Resource (foster parents) and Adoptive parents in the County of Los Angeles.  The length of the training is 20 hours.  This training is co-facilitated by two professionals:  an experienced Resource Parent and a Community College Trainer.  All participants must complete the orientation conducted by the Community Care Licensing (CCL) department for the State of California prior to enrolling in the RFA.

For Orientation please call 1-888-811-1121, for Pre-Approval training call (213) 640-3082.

Our comprehensive training topics includes:

  • F-Rate Certification (Medically Fragile Children in Foster Care)
  • D-Rate Certification (Children with severe emotional and/or behavioral problems)
  • The F-Rate certification is specialized training for caregivers (licensed foster parents, relative caregivers, or non-relative legal guardians) to develop the skills necessary to effectively handle the unique challenges of caring for children with special medical needs such as severe asthma, traumatic brain injury, shaken baby syndrome, and prenatal alcohol or drug exposure.
  • The D-Rate certification is specialized training for caregivers (licensed foster parents, relative caregivers, or non-relative legal guardians) to develop the skills necessary to effectively handle the unique challenges of caring for children with severe emotional and/or behavioral problems.