Foster Kinship


About Foster & Kinship Care Education (FKCE)

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.

For More Information

Please Contact: Clarissa Campos Alvarado, FKCE Office Assistant at (805) 289-6133 or email | Rhonda Carlson, FKCE Specialist at (805) 289-6181 or email 


Join Us

We now have in-person classes available as well as many live online trainings. If you still have not joined us for a virtual training, it is not too late to try it! Our team is ready and able to walk any Zoom newbies through the process. Just let us know what you need!

Clases En Español

¡Nos complace anunciar que tenemos de vuelta clases en persona y en línea! Si todavía no haz tomado una clase en línea, ¡no es demasiado tarde! Nuestro equipo está aquí para ayudarte aprender a usar Zoom y hasta puedes acompañarnos por teléfono si se te hace más fácil. Todos los detalles de cada clase los recibirás en un correo electrónico después de cada registración. En este momento, no tenemos clases en Español, pero por favor ¡mantente al tanto y sigue revisando esta página para el anuncio de estas clases!

Si tienes preguntas, puedes comunicarte conmigo, Clarissa Campos Alvarado, por llamada o texto al (805) 289-6133 o puedes envíarme un correo electrónico a


September 2023 Class List:

Harnessing Your Happiness Hormones

Learn how stress can negatively affect four happiness hormones (Serotonin, Endorphins, Oxytocin and Dopamine), increase one stress hormone (Cortisol), as well as how to mitigate those effects.

Date & Time: Thursday, September 7, 2023, 10:30am-12:30pm 
Instructor: Nick Lawrence 
Register & more information for Happiness Hormones


Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC): Building Awareness

Increase awareness of why children in foster care are particularly vulnerable to the crime of CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 6-8pm 
Instructor: Carrie McAuliffe Sandoval 
Register & more information for CSEC


Building Your Family Toolkit: You Are Not Alone

Feeling Overwhelmed? You are not alone, and we are here to help! Be among the first 10 families to sign up and receive a free Toolkit to help organize and simplify your Kinship Family. Join us in person as we address topics and build your toolkit.

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 10-11am  
Instructor: Pam Lehtonen 
Register & more information for Building Your Toolkit


Sustaining the Caregiver Series

Recharge yourself with tips, tools, and connection to other caregivers. Join in as your schedule allows!

Date & Time: Thursdays, 10:30am-12pm (beginning September 21) 
Instructor: Nick Lawrence 
Register & more information for Sustaining the Caregiver


Communication Styles & Positive Parenting

Enhance Communication skills and explore positive parenting techniques to foster healthy relationships with children in your care.

Date & Time: Monday, September 25, 2023, 5:30-7pm 
Instructor: Anne Rodriguez 
Register & more information for Communication & Parenting


Building Your Family Toolkit: Managing Your Calendar

Each participant will be able to fill out a calendar with appointments that are pertinent to each child and have a chance to take part in an interactive activity with other kinship parents.

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 10-11am  
Instructor: Pam Lehtonen 
Register & more information for Building Your Toolkit 


Stay Up-To-Date | Mantengase Informado

Don't miss out on our trainings and events! Sign up for e-newsletter to receive our Monthly Newsletter and class announcements! 

¡Nuestras clases han comenzado! Para recibir nuestro boletín mensual y anuncios de clases cuando se publiquen, puedes consultar aqui regularmente o suscríbase a nuestros correos electrónicos.