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The Foster & Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE) provides 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.
Why is the FKCE Program Important?
Children enter foster care as a result of abuse and neglect, often due to parental abuse of alcohol and drugs. The FKCE program plays a vital role in providing approved resource parents (foster parents and relative caregivers) with the training and education that will help them meet the multifaceted and often complex needs of the foster children in their care.
The FKCE program was established in 1984 following the passage of Senate Bill 2003, the Foster Children and Parent Training Fund. This act designated the California Community College Chancellor's Office as the agency to administer the program, which provides funding to community colleges for the provision of education and training to potential and existing resource parents.
The Modesto Junior College FKCE program works with the Stanislaus County Adult, Child, and Family Services Division of the Community Services Agency to provide training and support for the resource families in the county. MJC's FKCE program provides caregivers with continuing education training on topics such as understanding attachment and bonding, helping children who have experienced trauma, impacts of grief and loss, positive discipline methods, advocating for children in the education system, and working with the child welfare system.