Bakersfield College

Foster and Kinship Care Education Program

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MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Foster and Kinship Care Education Program is to provide quality education and support opportunities for care givers 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.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Foster and Kinship Care Education Program is administered through the Community College Chancellorís Office. This program assists foster care providers, relative/kinship care providers and non relative extended family members in learning essential skills for parenting the troubled and at-risk children in their care. The Foster and Kinship Care Education Program provides quality education and support opportunities to 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 Foster and Kinship Care Education Program is a statewide program that includes an assessment of education needs, the development and provision of specialized instruction, educational support services, and jointly organized outreach efforts to the foster care parent population. This program is a partnership with the Chancellorís Office, The California Department of Social Services, the California State Foster Parent Association, California Community Colleges, County Social Services, foster parents, and public and private agencies who work together to plan and deliver a statewide program of community college training.

The Kern County Department of Human Services sends the foster parents to BC for in-service training to meet their mandated 8 hours required to maintain placements in their home. Relative/kinship caregivers and non relative extended family members are encouraged to attend these trainings. Workshops are offered in Bakersfield and outlying areas. Various professional experts throughout Kern County are recruited to facilitate these specialized trainings along with BC Child Development instructors.

The BC Foster and Kinship Care Education Program collaborates with Kern County Department of Human Services and the Kern County Foster Parent Association to serve caregivers throughout Kern County. This program meets BCís vision, mission and goals.

TRAINING
Bakersfield College provides free specialized training on child and youth related issues. A combined eight hours of training fulfills Kern County Department of Human Services mandated eight hours of Foster Parent training required per year for placements in your home. A Bakersfield College certificate verifying the training hours is provided to each participant at the end of each training session and the hours are also reported to the Kern County Department of Human Services.  Download the modules covered in the PRIDE training.

BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE FOSTER AND KINSHIP CARE EDUCATION PROGRAM 2014-2015 TRAINING SCHEDULES

* FREE TRAINING

*BC FKCE Program Training Schedule Training Descriptions

 

 

SPECIALIZED TRAINING: