Foster & Kinship Care Education Program

The mission of the Foster & Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE) is to provide quality education and support opportunities to caregivers of children and youth in out-of-home care so that these providers can meet the educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of children and youth in the foster care system. The Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges administers and directs the FKCE Program in 68 community colleges throughout the state to train and support resource families throughout the state of California.

The term resource family is used to describe families who care for children in out-of-home placement through the child welfare system and includes:

  • Foster care families, families who are licensed to provide a home for children in the child welfare system
  • Kinship care families, families who are caring for a relative who is in out-of-home placement. For example, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and older siblings often provide homes for children in the child welfare system.
  • Non-relative extended family members (NREFMs), families who had a previous relationship with the child's family before becoming the caregiver. For example, NREFMs may be the child’s teacher or coach, or a family friend.

Cabrillo College FKCE works with the County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Family & Children’s Services to provide training and support for the resource families in the county. Cabrillo FKCE provides pre-service training required for foster care licensing, training for kinship caregivers, and continuing education trainings on topics such as the importance of healthy attachment, child development and addressing developmental delays, helping children who have experienced trauma, impacts of grief and loss, positive discipline methods, advocating for children in the education system, and working with child welfare.