Foster & Kinship Care Education Program

A Cañada College & San Mateo County Resource Family Approval Collaboration

The mission of the Foster and Kinship Care Education Program “is to provide 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 in the foster care system.”

Target Populations:

  • Resource (formally ‘Foster’) Parents
  • Relative caregivers
  • Current and former foster youth

FKCE was established in 1984 as a result of the Senate Bill 2003- the Foster Children and Parent Training Act. The Community College Chancellor’s Office was designated the agency to administer the program and to provide funding to Community Colleges for the provision of training and education to potential and existing foster parents.  Cañada College’s Education and Human Development Department works closely with San Mateo County Human Services Agency to provide free orientations, classes and workshops for the Pre-Approval and Post-Approval trainings for the Resource Families. 

If you are interested in offering a safe, stable, and nurturing home for children (newborn to 21 years of age) suffering from, or at risk of, abuse or neglect, your first step is to connect with the San Mateo County Human Services Agency.
 
Carlos Smith
Recruitment Coordinator
San Mateo County Human Services Agency
1 Davis Drive | Belmont, CA  94402
csmith@smcgov.org | (650) 802-7637

Ayse Dogan
Resource Family Recruitment, Approval & Training Supervisor
Children & Family Services
San Mateo County Human Services Agency
1 Davis Drive | Belmont, CA 94402
adogan@smcgov.org | (650) 802-5142

 
We thank you in advance for making such a positive difference in the lives of the children and youth in our county.
Kären Wiggins-Dowler, Instructional Specialist, FKCE Program