Cabrillo College Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) provides Fostering Foundations, a required pre-service training for prospective foster and adoptive parents. Sessions, which are comprised of five three-hour classes, are offered four times a year in English and once a year in Spanish. Participants are introduced to the knowledge and skills needed to become effective foster and adoptive parents. They also are provided with the information to make an informed decision about fostering or adopting. Classes are free and must be completed before placement of children into you home can be considered. Training topics include:
- Working with the child welfare system
- Meeting a child’s developmental needs, particularly in the areas of attachment, loss, and discipline
- The importance of family connections and permanency
SPARK Successfully Parenting At-Risk Kids
Cabrillo College offers SPARK training, which addresses the unique needs of children born with alcohol or drug exposure, or with substance abuse issues in their family of origin.
Five three-hour sessions cover the following topics:
- Effects of drug and alcohol exposure on children.
- Effective parenting techniques for children affected by substance abuse, including early intervention and environmental accommodations
- Information about addiction and recovery
These classes are free.
Kinship Fostering Foundations and SPARK
These training's provide the information conveyed in Fostering Foundations and SPARK with focus on the special issues facing kinship caregivers. The classes provide resources and support for kinship caregivers, as well as a place to meet and talk with others who are raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters.
Cabrillo College Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) Continuing Education
Cabrillo FKCE provides continuing education for resource families after licensure or approval. A variety of training opportunities are provided yearly, focusing on topics such as:
- Healthy attachment parenting
- Positive discipline
- Mental health issues for children in care
- Impact of loss and trauma
- Working with the schools
- Caregiver families and the court process
- Adolescent issues
La Manzana Community Resource Center
The La Manzana Community Resource Center in Watsonville provides parent education classes including the "Triple P" Positive Parenting Program, which teaches parenting strategies and tools. Classes may be one-on-one or in a group setting. Other training's including family, nutrition and leadership are available.
Live Oak Family Resource Center
The Live Oak Family Resource Center offers continuing education classes on such topics as parent/child classes, positive discipline, and mentoring youth -- just to name a few. For more information about training opportunities offered through La Manzana or the Live Oak Family Resource Center, contact the Resource Family Liaison at: (831) 476-7284, ext. 102 or (831) 724-2997, ext. 213.
Ongoing Training Opportunities
Ongoing training opportunities are offered free of charge through the County of Santa Cruz Foster Care and Adoption Programs as well as Cabrillo College. Each year licensed foster parents must complete eight additional hours of training in order to keep their license current. http://sites.google.com/a/cabrillo.edu/foster-care/home/calendar