Foster and Kinship Care (FKCE)

FKCE

 

FKCE classes are now being held online due to COVID-19. See the workshop schedule below for more details.

 

The Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) program at Lake Tahoe Community College offers FREE classes and trainings for current and prospective Resource Families (foster care and kinship care, relative or non-relative) who live in South Lake Tahoe. Our programs are designed to engage and educate Resource Families so they are able to meet the educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of children and youth. Training topics we offer cover a wide range of subjects, with a focus on Trauma, Resource Family Approval (formally Foster Family), and Kinship Providers support and trainings.

  

 

 

 

Contact


Dana McKnight-Flentroy
FKCE Program Director
(530) 541-4660 x 528
 
Kay Huxtable
FKCE Program Assistant
(530) 541-4660 x 575

 




Forms

Please review and complete the appropriate forms to participate and complete coursework:
 
 
 

Highlighted Resources
 
We would like to bring awareness to traumatic brain injury and shaken baby syndrome. Here are some informative videos in hopes of preventing the devastating, lifelong impact on infants and children.
 
 
 

ZOOM Information

We look forward to providing you with our Foster and Kinship Care Education training in a live online environment via Zoom. 

Here are the requirements of your participation in order to receive credit/certification:

Zoom Guidelines:
 
 

 

2021 Trainings
  • Mejores prácticas para la atención informada sobre traumatismos 

Aprenderá a comprender el desarrollo saludable, cómo funciona el cerebro y la regulación social y emocional saludable. Exploraremos cómo puede ocurrir el trauma y cómo afecta al cerebro en desarrollo joven, entenderemos cómo el trauma y sus efectos en el cuidador, aprenderemos habilidades de atención compasivas y basadas en trauma. Esta serie es imprescindible para aquellos que crían hijos que han sufrido abuso, negligencia y han ingresado en hogares de crianza.

4 horas
Abril 13 & Mayo 11, 2021
6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructora: Nayeli Rojas, Estudiante de SW y apoyo de cuidado adoptive experimentado
 
  • 7 Habits of the Highly Effective Family During COVID-19 (6 hours)

The Steven Covey’s work has had an impact on parenting. Some of his famous 7 Habits of Highly Successful People can easily apply to families especially during this pandemic. During this class we will utilize Steven Covey’s principals “Habits” to bring families together in unity and to help address issues families are facing during this crucial time. These Habits are: Be Proactive, Begin With the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, Synergize and Sharpen the Saw. If these tools intrigue you, then join Rochelle to learn some new insights about parenting your children and teens.

6 hours
Tuesdays, April 6, 13 & 20, 2021
6pm-8pm
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
 
  • The Real Impact & Effects of the Media on the Family: What We Can Do

Participants will learn findings from studies on media content that covers positive effects such as early learning, exposure to new ideas & knowledge, greater contact for social support along with the negative effects, which could include, sleep disturbances, attention & learning disorders, increased incidence of obesity, depression, exposure to inappropriate/unsafe content. Participants learn useful ways to encourage curiosity and positive aspects of learning through the media, how to prevent children from spending too much time in the media at the expense of human interactions, avoid overexposure to materials that cannot be properly processed or understood and promote personal, family and social values to avoid being completely influenced by the media. You will leave with tools to better manage, monitor and utilize the media in productive and positive ways for the family.

6 hours
Wednesday, April 7, 14 & 21, 2021
6pm-8pm
Instructor: Nicolas Huerta, Tahoe Family Resource Specialist/Trainer
 
  • Best Practices for Trauma Informed Care

You will learn about understanding healthy development, how the brain functions, and healthy social & emotional regulation. We will be exploring how trauma can occur and how it effects the young developing brain, understand how trauma and it’s effects on the caregiver, learn compassionate and trauma informed care skills. This series is a must for those who parent children who have experienced, abuse, neglect and entered foster care.

4 hours
Thursdays, April 8 & 15, 2021
6pm-8pm
Instructor: Sarah Craven, M.S.W., Sacramento County CPS Social Worker
  • Situational Crisis: How to Intervene to De-escalate
This class is designed to help resource parents develop skills and tools to address, avoid, and deescalate situational crisis. This class will help resource parents learn what constitute situational crisis verse an ongoing behavioral pattern. Resource parents will learn tools to help assess their own triggers and teach them how to relate to the foster child to avoid a situational crisis.
 
4 hours
Saturday, April 10 2021
10am – 12pm (12-1 lunch) 1pm - 3pm
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
 
  • Perceptions: Through the Eyes of a Child
Training explores the important role trauma and perceptions play in a youth’s journey through all systems of care. Participants will view and discuss an interview of a youth who spent his whole childhood in the system.
 
2 hours
Saturday, April 10 2021
10am – 12pm (12-1 lunch) 1pm -3pm
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
 
  • Life Space Intervention
Learn how to turn youths challenging behaviors into learning opportunities. Life Space Intervention is a powerful tool for teaching self-management and values. It uses the youth’s reaction to difficult situations as way to help youth gain insight and understanding into their own feeling and behaviors. Participates will explore the importance of supportive communication, fine tune Active Listening Skills and learn the Evidence Based Processing Tool (LSI).
 
2 hours
Saturday, April 17, 2021
1pm – 3pm
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Expert Trainer/Supervisor CRH

 

  • Working with Teen Survivors of Abuse & Responding to Child Sexual Abuse Disclosures

This class will examine the types of child abuse, effects of domestic violence (DV) on children/adolescents, ACE Studies, understanding child sexual abuse, identifying what signs to recognize, handling disclosures of sexual abuse, warning signs of abuse and how to respond/provide appropriate support or interventions.

2 hours
Monday, April 19, 2021
6pm-8pm
Instructor: Jaycee Macias, Volunteer Coordinator & Prevention Educator & Lisa Piazza, Prevention Coordinator, Live Violence Free
 
  • Types and Impacts of Bullying

In this class, you will learn about the different types of bullying and how it relates to trauma. How these traumatic experiences influences our children/youth., including, sexual abuse, online safety, and how to help/empower our youth that are being bullied.

2 hours
Thursday, April 22, 2021
6pm-8pm
Instructor: Jesse James Miller, CSUS FKCE/YESS/ILP Intern
 
  • Nuts & Bolts of being a RFA Home
A foster care system back to basics. Learn the legal basis for the who, what, where when and why of the California Foster system. Topics include home environment, capacity rules, prudent parent, mandated reporting, confidentiality, working with social workers, visitation and the courts. We will cover the updated Children’s Rights. Having a solid knowledge base will help you navigate the system that governs the children you are supporting.
 
4 hours
Saturday, April 24, 2021
10am – 12pm (12-1 lunch) 1pm - 3pm
Instructor: Sarah Craven, M.S.W., Sacramento County CPS Social Worker
 
  • Relapse Prevention: What We Need to Know to Support Our Children & Families

This class will cover the complexity of substance use/abuse and recovery. The many aspects of substance abuse will be presented along with the techniques to assist with relapse prevention. You will learn what you need to know when working with the substance user and family along with the different dynamics that occur. You will learn about the recovery cycle and components in this presentation.

2 hours
Monday, April 26, 2021
10am – 12pm (12-1 lunch) 1pm - 3pm
Instructor: Betty Fedor, El Dorado County & Allison Hibbard, Executive Director, Mountain High Recovery
 
  • School Climate: Transitioning Our Children through COVID-19: How to help your child who is struggling

Is your child struggling in school? Do you know your child’s learning style? Children struggle in many different ways in school. We will discuss these struggles, especially related to all the transitions in learning with the pandemic. You will learn tools on how to communicate with the school & staff, and to record relevant information. Demystify the stigmas you or your children may have. Leave with your own action plan to tackle your concerns and identify their learning style.

2 hours
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: “Espi” Espinoza, Child Advocate (SCOE)
 
  • New Nurtured Heart Series

The Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with challenging behaviors. Often parents have tried many parenting techniques only to become discouraged when they do not work well. This approach works well for all children, especially those who have not responded well to traditional techniques, and will facilitate parenting success. Children whose parents learn to energize them are much more likely to do well in school; have healthy self- esteem; exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior; and avoid high-risk activities such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. Our objective is to see you have a positive relationship with your kids!

6 hours
Wednesdays, April 28, May 5 & 12, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
 
  • Supporting our LGBTQ Youth

This class will provide education and learning on how to support foster youth coming out, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, appropriate terminology, pronouns, providing safe spaces, and resources that promote safe sex and answers questions of romantic attraction/relationships.

2 hours
Thursday, April 29, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Jesse James Miller, CSUS FKCE/YESS/ILP Intern
 
  • What is Healthy Human Sexual Development and What do we Need to Know when Caring for Youth who have been Sexually Exploited (New required class for all RFA families)

This class will cover what is healthy sexual development and how do we care for youth would have been sexually exploited. You will learn about new legislation, Senate Bill 89 which addresses the reproductive rights of youth and Non Minor Dependents in foster care. What are their rights to confidentiality and reasonable and prudent parent standards? Discussion on providing guidance and engaging youth in conversation about healthy sexual development/reproductive and sexual health will be covered. You will learn about current contraception methods and how to provide appropriate referral resource/ material to youth. This class will also cover caring for youth who have been sexually exploited and ways to assist the youth in healing. Although the subject matter can be difficult to hear it essential to understand and support our foster youth around healthy sexual development. This class is a mandated course for all RFA families.

6 hours
Tuesdays, May 4, 11 & 18, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Rochelle Bard MSSW. & Dana McKnight, M.S.W.

How do we become who we are? Training will explore the age old nature versus nurture debate which questions whether human behavior is determined by the environment, either prenatal or during a person's life, or by a person's genes. Training will focus on the documentary “Three Identical Strangers”. After viewing documentary, participates will discuss Nature vs Nurture in relationship to the impact we might have and road blocks we might encounter in raising someone else’s children.

2 hours
Thursday, May 6, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
 
  • Understanding Typical Behaviors of Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Traumatized: Effective Intervention Strategies

Each stage of development has its own unique challenges and rewards. The parents will be able to identify the different stages of development, behavioral and developmental challenges in each stage, and understand how trauma can affect the various stages of development.

Resource parents will learn how to assess the different behavioral patterns, understand the trauma cycle, and how it affects the teenager’s stage of development as well as their behaviors. Resource parents will learn how to help them overcome their obstacles. This class will help parents/caregivers assist the children through transition in each stage of development, develop, and enhance their overall well-being, build rapport, positive support system, and to help them become productive individual.

4 hours
Saturday, May 8, 2021
10am –12pm (lunch 12-1) 1pm - 3pm
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
 
  • Dynamics of Sexual Abuse

This class is a 4 hour course that helps foster parents and caregivers identify the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse and assists children/victims of abuse through recovery. This class will help parents and others who work with victims to develop appropriate intervention strategies and support systems. This class will help parents develop skills to provide “therapeutic parenting” to these children/teens.

4 hours
Saturday, May 15, 2021
10am –12pm (lunch 12-1) 1pm - 3pm
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
 
  • Sexting, Cyberbullying and Adolescent Relationships 

This class will discuss social media and the impact of “constant connection,” sexting realities and risks, online porn, personal policies on using social media. Sexting has led to bullying, cyberbullying and even suicide. The discussion of how teens harass and bully as a result of social media. Areas covered will include the prevalence, course and consequences of teen dating violence, describe positive and negatives of a connected adolescent, recognize the importance of screening and timely management of coerced and non-consensual texting, what are healthy adolescent relationships and warning signs of dangerous relationships, communication and conflict. You will leave with more awareness of the role social media plays in our youth’s lives.

4 hours
Thursdays, May 13 & 20, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Chris “Espi” Espinoza, Child Advocate (SCOE)
 
  • Suicide TALK

Every 28 seconds someone dies by suicide, unfortunately it has recently become the 2nd leading cause of death for young people. Suicide Talk is an introductory to the topic of Suicide, it includes examining why someone might experience thoughts of, explores Stigmas /Attitudes and teaches to how you can be a part of a suicide safer community.

2 hours
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Expert Trainer/Supervisor CRH
 
  • Dependency Court Process and CASA Role

This class will cover the reasons minor’s come into the child welfare system, what are the child welfare codes and the dependency court process. The child welfare court process from the beginning to reunification/permanency will be covered. You will leave knowing the difference from 300 to 600 status, ways you can communicate to the court, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) role, 14 day notices and permanency planning.

2 hours
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Mario Guerrero, Program Manager, Child Advocates of El Dorado County
 
  • Internet Safety for our Youth

We are a media oriented society and especially during this time of COVID-19. Please join us in learning how to keep our youth safe on the internet. There are predator’s on the internet, the dark web and many other potential risks. Learn how to manage social media in a positive way to support our youth with interaction that are safe.

2 hours
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Mario Guerrero, Program Manager, Child Advocates of El Dorado County
 
  • Safety First

This class will provide essential information for keeping families safe. We will explore a variety of safety topics such as personal safetyand child safety in and outside of the home. Participants will learn safety concerns that may not be readily apparent.

2 hours
Thursday, May 27, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Michelle Gray, M.S.W., Expert Trainer

The majority of incidents of challenging behavior and crisis events that youth exhibit are triggered by overwhelming emotions or traumatic stress responses. This training will assist care-givers to prevent or de-escalate crisis and provide adults with the skills and knowledge so they can become the catalyst through with youth change old habits, destructive responses and maladaptive behavior patterns. Participates will learn The Phases of Typical Crisis, Importance of Knowing Ourselves and Our Youth, How to Manage the Environment and numerous tools/techniques for de-escalating /managing challenging behaviors.

6 hours
Tuesdays, June 1, 8 & 15, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Expert Trainer/Supervisor CRH
 
  • Foster Youth Rights & The Role of the Ombudsperson

You will learn what are the new Foster Youth Rights and how you as caregivers can make sure that each foster youth’s rights are being met. You will learn what your rights and responsibilities are as a caregiver of foster youth. What happens if a foster youth’s rights are being violated? What is and what role does the Ombudsperson play. This class will be a great opportunity to get all your questions answered about foster youth rights.

2 hours
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Shekinah Peredo, Intake & Training Analyst/CA Office of Foster Care
 
  • What is Healthy Human Sexual Development and What do we Need to Know when Caring for Youth who have been Sexually Exploited (New required class for all RFA families)

This class will cover what is healthy sexual development and how do we care for youth would have been sexually exploited. You will learn about new legislation, Senate Bill 89 which addresses the reproductive rights of youth and Non Minor Dependents in foster care. What are their rights to confidentiality and reasonable and prudent parent standards? Discussion on providing guidance and engaging youth in conversation about healthy sexual development/reproductive and sexual health will be covered. You will learn about current contraception methods and how to provide appropriate referral resource/ material to youth. This class will also cover caring for youth who have been sexually exploited and ways to assist the youth in healing. Although the subject matter can be difficult to hear it essential to understand and support our foster youth around healthy sexual development. This class is a mandated course for all RFA families.

6 hours
Thursdays, June 3, 10 & 17, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Kristine Wells, RFA Instructor/RFA Approved Home &Adoptive Parent & Dana McKnight, M.S.W.
 
  • Yes I Can: Utilizing DBT Techniques to Empower our Youth

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes. DBT may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors. In this class we will explore negative thinking in children and youth. You will develop skills that will support you in identifying and assist the child with changing their deficit based thinking to Affirmative thinking.

2 hours
Saturday, June 5, 2021
10am – 12pm
Instructor: Diane Miller, ACSW & Dana McKnight, M.S.W.
 
  • ¿Qué es el desarrollo sexual humano saludable y qué necesitamos saber al cuidar a jóvenes que han sido explotados sexualmente? (Nueva clase obligatoria para todas las familias de RFA)

Esta clase cubrirá qué es el desarrollo sexual saludable y cómo cuidamos a los jóvenes que hubieran sido explotados sexualmente. Aprenderá sobre la nueva legislación, el Proyecto de Ley del Senado 89, que aborda los derechos reproductivos de los jóvenes y los dependientes no menores en hogares de crianza. ¿Cuáles son sus derechos a la confidencialidad y los estándares razonables y prudentes de los padres? Se abordará la discusión sobre cómo brindar orientación e involucrar a los jóvenes en conversaciones sobre el desarrollo sexual saludable / salud reproductiva y sexual. Aprenderá acerca de los métodos anticonceptivos actuales y cómo proporcionar recursos / material de referencia adecuados a los jóvenes. Esta clase también cubrirá el cuidado de los jóvenes que han sido explotados sexualmente y las formas de ayudar a los jóvenes a recuperarse. Aunque el tema puede ser difícil de escuchar, es esencial comprender y apoyar a nuestros jóvenes de crianza en torno al desarrollo sexual saludable. Esta clase es un curso obligatorio para todas las familias de RFA.

2 horas
Lunas, Junio 7 & 14, 2021
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Instructora: Nicolas Huerta, Nayeli Rojas, Estudiante de SW y apoyo de cuidado adoptive
 
  • New Nurtured Heart Series

The Nurtured Heart Approach ((NHA)) is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with challenging behaviors. Often parents have tried many parenting techniques only to become discouraged when they do not work well. This approach works well for all children, especially those who have not responded well to traditional techniques, and will facilitate parenting success. Children whose parents learn to energize them are much more likely to do well in school; have healthy self- esteem; exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior; and avoid high-risk activities such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. Our objective is to see you have a positive relationship with your kids!

6 hours
Wednesdays, June 9, 16 & 23, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
 
  • Surviving, Thriving Teens

Trauma occurring during childhood or adolescence can have a substantial impact on adolescent development and permanently alter the way their brain functions. This course will review “normal’ adolescent development, examine how trauma can derail “Normalcy”, and explore some supportive interventions to assist teens on their journey to “Greatness”.

2 hours
Saturday, June 12, 2021
6pm – 8pm
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
 
  • I Got NEEDS

Behavior and Needs go together. Whatever behavior youth exhibit, it’s always closely related to a need of some sort. The need should be our primary concern, rather than simply focusing on the youth’s behavior. Youth who grow up in stressful environments may have learned to go to extremes to have their needs met. It is our responsibility, as caring adults, to help youth develop new comping skills and find ways to meet their needs.

2 hours
Saturday, June 12, 2021
1pm – 3pm
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Expert Trainer/Supervisor CRH

Resource Family Approval


The state of California has implemented a variety of changes to help streamline the process of becoming a foster parent that are both family friendly and child centered. Pre-Service trainings based on the newly implemented process have begun at LTCC. Please contact Dana McKnight for more information or to register for classes.

 
Family and Kinship Care Education Advisory Minutes

  

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