Foster Kinship


The Ventura College Foster and Kinship Care Education Program provides quality education and support activities to the 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.

Classes are provided in both English & Spanish, at NO COST for anyone wanting to attend. In all classes, first priority will go to Foster Parents and Kinship Providers*, now referred to as Resource Parents.
*Kinship refers to families raising relative's children, either through an informal arrangement or formal (court) arrangement.


Call Rhonda Carlson, FKCE Specialist at (805) 289-6181 or email


June 2021 Trainings

All classes currently online via Zoom and via telephone audio.  More classes will be added soon! Check back here frequently or sign up for our monthly e-newsletter

Highlights Include:

  • New trainer Nick Lawrence!  Nick brings a wealth of experience as a Resource Parent and FKCE Program Director at Santa Rosa Junior College. Nick’s 3-hour classes (with breaks!) will be an immersive and rewarding experience well worth your time. Spend Tuesdays with Nick beginning May 25th
  • Networking with Nora!  Do you only have a little time but need to connect?  Join Nora, Carrie & Renee Mondays evenings for an hour beginning June 7th


Trauma-Informed Care: How to Mend a Broken Heart, Including Your Own

NEW! Topics include a scary event vs. a trauma; trauma formation, cortisol levels and mindset impact. We will make use of several hands-on activities to enter into an in-depth discussion of neuroscience, the autonomic nervous system, the 5 Languages of Love and guided meditations to help mend the damage done from endured trauma. Download flyer 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 6-9pm

Instructor: Nick Lawrence

Register for Trauma Care

Understanding Art Therapy & Overview and Interpretation of Children’s Art

Art can be a coping technique of self-expression and self-awareness employing various media to describe feelings and thoughts in ways that verbal language cannot. It can be a helpful tool to help children express pain & joy.  Participants will look at and discuss several examples from children of all ages. Download flyer

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 6-8:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage

Register for Art

Dynamics of Families: Sharing our Insights

NEW! Raising a family “in the system” can be challenging!  There is so much we can learn from each other and from those who have learned to navigate the many processes.  Each week will feature a topic that we can discuss briefly and then more importantly, find out what you are struggling with and share some options that will help. Download flyer

Mondays: June 7, June 14, June 21 and June 28 (attend any or all!) 6:30-7:30pm

Facilitators: Nora Hayes with Carrie McAuliffe Sandoval and/or Renee Cervantez

Register for Family Dynamics

Harnessing Your Happiness Hormones: Who is driving this Bus-You or Your Hormones?

NEW! Over time, many factors in our lives affect our hormone levels. Stress has the worst impact on us and can negatively affect four happiness hormones (Serotonin, Endorphins, Oxytocin and Dopamine) and one stress hormone (Cortisol). Participants take a hormone quiz to determine their "hormone deficit." This is an eye-opening experience about the necessity for better and more consistent self-care. Download flyer

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6-9pm

Instructor: Nick Lawrence

Register for Happiness Hormones

Chores, Allowance & Store Wars

Reframing chores as family contributions, determining allowance readiness and purpose, and strategies for avoiding battles at the store. Download flyer

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6-8:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage

Register for Chores

Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Your Care: The Gender Spectrum

NEW! An introduction to essential concepts and culture of LGBTQ people; how to be a resource parent to an LGBTQ youth if your religious beliefs are in conflict; how the idea of being a public servant can guide you to provide a loving and safe home to LGBTQ youth. Download flyer

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6-9pm

Instructor: Nick Lawrence

Register for LGBTQ

Importance of Play (in Spanish)

Summer is almost here and this season brings less stress but maybe more work for caregivers. Learn how to integrate play, fun and art this summer to cultivate a strong connection with a child/youth that can help them heal. Every child and caregiver deserve moments of joy playing together.

Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:30-8pm

Instructor: Raquel Montes

Register for Play

Class is entirely in Spanish.  Subscribe here to receive newsletter in Spanish.



CPR classes, including re-certification trainings, are available at Ventura College. 
These classes are only open to foster/approved resource parents. Spaces are very limited, so please register as soon as possible!


For any questions regarding these CPR classes, please email Daniel Rangel at



Estas clases se ofrecen gratis y toman lugar en línea por medio de Zoom. Si no tienes acceso a Zoom, también puedes llamar por medio de tu teléfono.
Todos los detalles se recibirán en un correo electrónico de confirmación de registración.


Clases de junio


Importancia de Juego

NUEVA CLASE- ¡El verano ya casi llega! Esta temporada generalmente trae menos estrés a los niños / jóvenes, pero puede aumentar el trabajo para los cuidadores. Aprenda a integrar el juego, la alegría y el arte para cultivar fuertes conexiones y promover la curación. Los cuidadores y los niños/jóvenes merecen momentos de alegría jugando juntos.

Describa cómo jugar con su hijo fermenta buenas conexiones y crea un ambiente de seguridad.
Aprenda sobre el arte creativo y el uso de historias que contribuye al aprendizaje y desarrollo.
Descubra que actividades estand disponibles para su familia este verano.

Jueves, 24 de junio @ 6:30 pm -8 pm

Instructora: Raquel Montes

Para registrarse, haga clic aquí



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