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Foster / Kinship Care Education Trainings


Pre-Service Class:

Pride Training

This 24-hour training provides basic training required for those who wish to become foster/ adoptive parents. Participants will learn basic fostering skills, as well as what the county expects of them. This class is a good introduction into the In-Service classes. Pride teaches people that they are no longer just regular people. Pride opens your eyes and your heart to the kids you will be helping. You realize you aren't just a parent to one but a parent to many.


In-Service Classes:

AB12 Extended Foster Care

This training gives practical information to assist caregivers in working with older adolescents and young adults. The training equips the youth on how to handle realities of adult life.

A.C.T. (Adults and Children Together) Against Violence

A.C.T. teaches communities, families and teachers how to work with their kids for early violence prevention. The research underlying its philosophy is based primarily on 0 to 8 years-old, but this training will include all ages. Anger management, problem solving skills/ conflict resolution, the effects of media on children’s behavior, and positive discipline will be addressed in an atmosphere of fun activities and discussion. Never boring, often provocative, this training will provide useful tools for addressing violence and its prevention.

Attachment Parenting

Learn about attachment; develop techniques for parenting your attachment-challenged child; take care of yourself; facilitate development attachment with your child; teach self control and setting limits; and fit discipline into the mix. Learn about current models for parenting the attachment-challenged child, about some things that work well, and others that work better.

Barriers to Effective Parenting

Learn highly effective ways to parent any child; foster, adopted, step or biological. The Boy's Town Model is based on 25 years of development, research and proven effectiveness. It is safe and humane parenting approach that is based on teaching appropriate behaviors with a focus on skill development. Along with developing skills, this model also promotes strong positive relationships between the parent/ caregiver and child. Classes are taught on a continuum, therefore it is beneficial to attend all classes.

Brain Development

The purpose of this training is to provide an opportunity to foster parents, social workers, public health, mental health, therapists, etc., to educate these individuals who have tremendous impact on the children and families requiring child protective services about new research in brain chemistry and development, and the importance and knowledge of Infant-Mental Health, and how these systems and service providers need reflect on their practice and the processes they employ to maximize positive outcomes for foster youth.

Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Many children in the foster care system have lived through traumatic experiences. Understanding how trauma affects children can help you to make sense of your child's baffling behavior, feelings and attitudes. Once you understand why your child behaves the way he or she does, you'll be better prepared to help him or her cope with the effects of trauma. This workshop will improve your ability to communicate with your child, learn skills and techniques to influence your child's behavior and attitudes, and learn ways to reduce the stress of parenting a traumatized child. The goal is to make you a more effective resource parent, and to enable you to have more of the positive experiences that make being a resource parent so worthwhile.

CPR & First Aid

Learn how to take care of your loved ones or any others in need should an emergency, accident or injury occur. Learn how to save a life. The trainers show you how to do dressings, help stop bleeding, basic arm slings, help save a drowning victim, and other simple emergency tips. Trainers is certified by the American Red Cross. The FKCE Program will now be handing out certificates as instructed by the county for the CPR/First Aid classes. The CPR/Fisrt Aid class will continue to be free to all participants. The certification is good for 2 years.

Dad's Class

Monthly meetings will be hosted by Jim Nielsen and Yaraid Hamilton. The meeting will provide Foster and Adoptive dads a safe place to ask questions and share techniques that other dads use to raise children.

Explosive Child

In this workshop you will learn how to work with the hand you were dealt. We will discuss emotional regulation, cognitive flexibility, literal thinking, social skills, temperament sensory /motor skills and problem solving.

Guardianship Clinics

Twice a year, a local family law attorney, who is also a kinship provider, facilitates a clinic to assist participants with filling out guardianship papers. During this clinic, any questions regarding legal issues surrounding kinship care can be addressed.

Infertility Class

One out of six couples experience infertility issues. The FKCE Program has started a class for people who cannot have children or are dealing with infertility within their marriage. This class discusses many topics that include; different ways ways to have a family, how to get happy again, how to move forward, what it means to remian childless, and ways to cope with infertility.


This regular class focuses on the issues relative caregivers are faced with as they raise their family's children. Family dynamics, school advocacy, working with the system, and obtaining necessary resources are some of the topics covered. Located in Humboldt, Del Norte, and Redway, these classes offer support and resources to family members who are caregivers, or who may be concerned about the children, and wondering what is possible. Once a quarter, a family law attorney is available at this class. He is a kinship provider and can assist you with any needed legal issues.


Sensitivity Training: Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning Intersexual Ally Young People

As of Jan. 2013, AB 1856 mandates all foster parents and child welfare personnel have yearly cultural competency training working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersexual Ally community.

LGBTQQIA youth face unique challenges “being gay in the USA”. Many find ‘being out’ creates conflicts either at home, school, church, foster families, peers (or all of them!) This highly interactive, informational, down to earth training is designed to help participants learn:

- Correct definitions and terms for working with LGBTQQIA youth

- The parallel traumas shared by sexual abuse survivors and LGBTQQIA youth

- What to do when religious beliefs clash with therapeutic interventions

- How to be allies with this remarkably diverse population of human beings

Licensing Process Paperwork

Sometimes the paperwork for the licensing process can be overwhelming. Attending this class will assist you in completing your paperwork packet as easily and quickly as possible.

Love and Logic

Love and Logic parenting is a cornerstone for any parent wanting a practical, no-nonsense approach to parenting. Come learn how to talk to your kids so they will listen, learn and change behavior. Learn the most effective style and logical formulas you can use to teach your child personal success. Four steps to teaching responsibility; the COOL formula; guiding your child to solve the problem; four parenting types; their problem your way; enforceable statements; one -liners; letting empathy and consequences teach. This curriculum is comprehensive, fast-paced, fun, and it makes sense! In-class problem solving will help you apply the model to your situation.

Love and Logic for Preschoolers

Tried and true parenting help for the younger child. Learn how to put an end to exhausting whining and arguing, practical tips handling misbehavior in public, a proven plan for ending bedtime battles; tips for getting your kids to behave without having to repeat yourself or raise your voice. This class is fun and fast-paced, and recommended for anyone who deals with preschool aged children, infants and toddlers. Trouble shooting childhood misbehavior and parenting roadblocks will be a component of each class.

NAMI Mental Health Basics

The Basics Program was developed by the national Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to help parents with children who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having mental health challenges. Covered are the concept of mental illness as a brain disorder; the biology of mental illness and getting an accurate diagnosis; treatment options; the burden on the family; an overview of school, mental health and juvenile justice systems your child may be involved with. The emphasis is on gaining the knowledge and skills needed to be an advocate for your child, your own and your family’s needs.

Nurturing Parenting

The Nurturing Parenting Programs are developed from a strong philosophical basis that supports the growth and development of parents and youth as caring people who treat themselves, other, and the environment with respect and dignity.

Parenting the Drug and Alcohol Exposed Child *Work of Ira Chasnoff

Prenatal drug and alcohol exposure changes the structure of the brain. When a child's brain is affected by drug and alcohol exposure prenatally, their behavior is also affected, along with their physical, emotional and cognitive development. Learn to recognize, support and normalize child's behavior through the lens of altered development. Ira Chasnoff's work is researched based and current. Come learn how to parent a child of any age who has a background of prenatal drug and alcohol exposure.

Parenting Special Needs Children: Discipline and School

Defiance? Public tantrums? Homework problems? Poor social skills? Difficulty navigating the school system? Parenting is tough, not to mention the added issue of parenting a child with special needs.

Discipline: Appropriate parental expectations of children with special needs, knowing the difference between “can’t” and “won’t”, specific parent interventions that help children be successful behaviorally, helping children with maladaptive behaviors, and a pro-social skills model for parenting that is highly successful for children with a variety of special needs.

School: Educational Advocacy for your special needs child: tips on succeeding in school and the roadblocks to effective learning, resources available to your special needs child in the school setting, help with school lingo; what an IEP and a Section 504 are and how they may benefit your child; how to request testing /assessment to find out if your child is eligible for an IEP or 504; gain a working knowledge of the term “discrepancy” and how it determines eligibility for an IEP; understand the appropriate modifications you may ask for if your child qualifies for an IEP and how to prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.

Parenting Traumatized Children

DVD series by Dr. Bruce Perry, with a focus on brain development and meeting childhood developmental needs. The areas covered include: the human brain: how the brain develops; the importance of early childhood; neglect: how poverty of experience disrupts development; the fear response: the impact of childhood trauma; living and working with traumatized children; and violence and childhood. Discussion and guidance follow each topic.

Putting The Pieces Together

Helping parents gain a better understanding of the risk of multiple negative impacts: the biological, social and psychological factors that must be considered and addressed when parenting children with compromised developmental histories.

Teen Class

This class is open to people who are or were in foster care, adopted or were raised by relatives or friends. They meet every 2nd and 4th Monday monthly from 4-6pm. Come support and connect with people who’ve shared some of the same experiences you may have.

The Fun Facts about Your Mouth

This class is offered to parents and kids who want to learn more about healthy nutrition and basic facts on teeth from birth to adulthood. This training includes hands on hygiene instructions, dental experiments, and facts on how to fight against the bacteria that lives in your mouth.

This is your Life

Children in foster and relative care sometimes find themselves lost, and lifebooking can help them understand where they are and also provide continuity. Lifebooking is scrap booking with additional information included, such as birth certificates, report cards and drawings the kids have done.

-Bridgeville group sometimes includes other types of crafts.

-Crescent City group is open to children who are accompanied by a parent.

-Eureka group is open to children of at least 8, who attend with their parent and personalize their own books.

Why Series

Parents have many "Why questions." Foster and adoptive parents face unique situations and challenges throughout day to day life with their children. During this workshop series, parents will learn "WHY" the memories of their foster or adoptive child affect their response to their environments. With this understanding and using the Biosocial Cognition Model, foster or adoptive parents can identify a child's needs thus enabling the child to grow into adulthood with positive self-esteem and the ability to achieve their potential. Through this new concept and methodology based upon biology, neuro-scientific research and genetics: parents learn developmental brain function, the chemical nature of synaptic connections and the effect of past memories on the future. Parents gain new knowledge and the use of a new tool that empowers their day to day parenting decisions.

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