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.


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

Our Annual Conference is  back!

Family running on beach, father flying kite in front,1 kid alongside, grandparents and 1 child behind
  • Registration for the conference now open 
  • You MUST register no later than March 17
  • If you do not receive an email confirmation, be sure to check your SPAM/JUNKMAIL and then feel free to contact us if needed.
  • You will receive a follow up email inviting you to select your workshops, please reply to this email to secure space in the workshop of your choice!

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!

Make sure to subscribe to our emails to receive our Monthly Newsletter and class announcements!


March 2023 Class list 

All classes offered via Zoom unless otherwise indicated

Sustaining the Caregiver “Drop in” Series

NEW! Recharge yourself with tips, tools and connection to other caregivers.  Join in on Monday evenings or Thursday mornings as your schedule allows!

Mondays (March 6, 13, 20, 27) 6:30pm-8pm and Thursdays (March 9, 16, 23,30) 10:30am-noon

Instructor: Nick Lawrence 

Register & more information for Sustaining the Caregiver

Abuse, Trauma and the Subconscious Mind

NEW! Learn how abuse and trauma affect the developing brain of a child and forms the subconscious mind.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 6-8pm

Instructor: Anne Rodriguez 

Register & more information for Abuse & Trauma

Harnessing Happiness Hormones

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

Thursday, March 9, 2023 6-9pm

Instructor: Nick Lawrence 

Register & more information for Happiness

Explosive Behaviors

NEW! Join us for in-depth discussion on why children have explosive behaviors and what can caregivers do to intervene.

Thursday, March 16, 6pm-9pm

Instructor: Lori Switanowski 

Register & more information for Explosive Behaviors

Stop the Arguing with Teens

Explore and practice strategies and techniques to manage arguments or potential arguments with teens.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 6-8:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Judy Osterhage 

Register & more information for Stop the Arguing

Soaring Higher: Supporting Educational Dreams of Children & Youth in Foster Care Conference (In Person)

Saturday, March 25, 2023 9am-2pm

Register by Friday, March 17 and join us for a day of connection, education and relaxation! Free food and goodies! Available in Spanish!

Register & more information for Soaring Higher Conference

Stress Management

NEW! Discuss various methods to reduce stress in the moment and take emotional control back now!

Monday, March 27, 2023, 5:30-7pm

Instructor: Anne Rodriguez 

Register & more information for Stress Management

Turning Dreams into Degrees

Learn how caregivers can support eleventh and twelfth grade students in foster care in their transition to higher education.

Thursday, March 30 2023, 6pm-8pm

Instructors: Noelle Ewing & Elizabeth Clews

Register & more information for Dreams

Save the Dates for April 

Online Classes:

4/11/23, Tuesday at 6pm, Positive Parenting, Anne Rodriguez

4/13/23, Thursday at 6pm, Nervous System Overload Nick Lawrence

4/17/23, Monday at 6pm, Choices & Decision Making, Dr. Judy

4/20/23, Thursday at 6pm, Handling Emotions Before, During and After Visits, Lori Switanowski

4/24/23, Monday at 5:30pm, Allegation Prevention, Anne Rodriguez

4/26/23, Wednesday at 6pm, Teaching Responsibility & Problem Solving, Dr. Judy



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.

¡Nos complace anunciar que traeremos de vuelta CLASES EN PERSONA SIN PANTALLA! Únase a nosotros este otoño y conozca a nuestro equipo, ya sea Camarillo o Ventura. También continuamos con nuestras clases regulares de zoom, puede unirse a nosotros en persona o a través de zoom.

 Como saben, Bryan ha sido el asistente de oficina del programa FKCE durante el año pasado, pero se mudó a una nueva posición.

Para futuras preguntas, puede llamarme o enviarme un mensaje de texto, Renee Cervantez, al 805-626-8656 o envíeme un correo electrónico a





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