Statewide Learning Objectives

In 2005, California’s Resource Family Training Workgroup recommended that rather than develop a standard caregiver curriculum to be used by the State, a set of learning outcomes/objectives would best serve the need for standardization. The caregiver curricula now in use in the counties are nationally known curricula developed and tested by experts and it did not seem beneficial to discontinue their use.

The workgroup concluded that the 41 learning outcomes/objectives would help the State achieve a more standardized county training without mandating only one curriculum to be used statewide. The 41 learning outcomes/objectives should be included in the various resource family training curricula when training resource families. ACL NO. 05-06, June 15, 2005 .

Foster And Kinship Care Education (FKCE)

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) Program – The FKCE program was established in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in 1984 following the passage of Senate Bill 2003, known as the Foster Children and Parent Training Act. This act designated the Chancellor’s Office as the agency to administer the program and provide funding to the community colleges for the provision of education and training to potential and existing foster parents.

Parenting Resources For Information, Development And Education (PRIDE)

Parenting Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE) Training  – The PRIDE program is designed to strengthen the quality of family foster care and adoption services. This is accomplished by providing a standardized, consistent, structured framework for the competency-based recruitment, preparation, and selection of foster parents and adoptive parents, and for foster parent in-service training and ongoing professional development. 

Therapeutic Treatment Foster Home

Therapeutic Treatment Foster Home training – Therapeutic treatment foster care programs generally require more training for foster parents, provide more support for children and caregivers than regular family.

Emergency Foster Home training – In some cases, a child will be left with no family to care for him or the child's immediate removal from his current home is necessitated by extreme circumstances. Emergency foster families are specialists at taking children at almost no notice. Often the children will be traumatized by the incident which led to their removal. Foster homes that have been accepted and authorized to be emergency foster homes will have bedrooms already prepared, food available, and will have the appropriate clothing for that age of child. They may have to run out to the store to get some things right before, but they'll be prepared. That is what they were designed to do, and they do a great service to any community.

Training Resources

Emergency Foster Home training  – In some cases, a child will be left with no family to care for him or the child's immediate removal from his current home is necessitated by extreme circumstances. Emergency foster families are specialists at taking children at almost no notice. Often the children will be traumatized by the incident which has made them at least temporarily parentless and will need intensive help. Foster homes that have been accepted and authorized to be emergency foster homes will have bedrooms already prepared, food available, and will have the appropriate clothing for that age of child. They may have to run out to the store to get some things right before, but they'll be prepared. That is what they were designed to do, and they do a great service to any community. Contact your  County Recruitment and Training Information

National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections – The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections at the Hunter College School of Social Work is a training, technical assistance, and information services organization dedicated to help strengthen the capacity of State, local, Tribal and other publicly administered or supported child welfare agencies to: institutionalize a safety-focused, family-centered, and community-based approach to meet the needs of children, youth and families. The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections is a service of the Children’s Bureau – ACF/DHHS.

Relevant Reading for Foster Parents Woodland Community College FKCE program

Foster Parent College – provides innovative, research-based, interactive online courses for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents. FosterParentCollege.com® launched in 2004. It is an operating division of Northwest Media, Inc. of Eugene, OR, a publisher of training materials for social services agencies. All courses for FPC are conceived and developed in-house by the Northwest Media team of researchers, educators, writers, artists, animators and programmers.

Contact Us

Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman
Toll-free telephone: 1-877-846-1602
E-mail: fosterfamilyhelp@dss.ca.gov