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 or Bryan Salazar, FKCE Office Assistant at (805) 289-6358 or email  


Fall Update:

Hello from the Foster & Kinship Care Education Program, 

Feel free to download flyers of our classes to share.

We invite you to take part in a collaborative training needs assessment survey to share your thoughts and be entered to win raffle prizes.  Your feedback will help inform our training for 2022.

As always, we are here to assist, so feel free to reach out!

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.  

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Fall 2021 Training


Handling Holiday Stress

NEW! Get strategies for managing the stress associated with the challenges of the Holiday Season.  Download flyer

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage

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“Stop the Arguing” with teens

Teens argue to prove a point, change a mind, protest or express defiance over limits imposed. We will explore and practice many strategies and techniques to manage arguments or potential arguments to preserve the relationship.  Download flyer

Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 6:00-8:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage

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Raising Strong and Resilient Children (Class in Spanish)

NEW! Learn how to raise strong and resilient children who know and believe in themselves. Discuss ways of increasing social and emotional skills, effective communication, as well as the importance of safe and nurturing relationships. Download Flyer

Wednesday November 24, 2021, 6:30-8pm

Instructor: Raquel Montes

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Managing Stress during the Holidays (Class in Spanish)

NEW! Holidays do not have to be a time of stress. Join us to network with others on how to manage parental stress during the holidays. We will also review the impact of loss and grief on a children’s life and why it is so important to teach children to celebrate the holidays but mostly themselves. Download Flyer

Thursday December 2, 2021, 6:30-8pm

Instructor: Raquel Montes

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Tantrums & Challenging Behaviors 

Learn parenting techniques to deal with tantrums and the difficult, challenging behaviors of children and teens.  Download flyer

Monday, December 6, 2021, 6-8:30pm 

Instructor: Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage 

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Ouch that Stereotype Hurts!


Learn how to speak up when someone says something biased, support people in saying something and stopping misdirected or unintentional harm to friends, colleagues, or family members. It is a terrific way to check one’s own unintentional biases and to create a common language around biases.  Download flyer

Wednesday December 9, 2021, 6-8pm

Instructor: Nick Lawrence

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Developing Healthy Sexuality

NEW! Find out how to talk youth of any age, about the "Facts of Life." There is no one way to discuss sexuality with kids. This workshop helps build confidence to say, “I don’t know,” or “Let’s find out,” and “Wow! I am so glad you asked! ” Download flyer

Date: Thursday December 9, 2021, 6-8pm

Instructor: Nick Lawrence

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True Colors 

An Overview of the TRUE COLORS Personality Methodology   Download flyer

Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 6-8:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage 

Register & more information for True Colors 



We will be offering CPR and First Aid Recertification classes in person. September and October CPR/First Aid classes will be held before the vaccine mandate and the November classes will take place after the deadline. 



*Participants must already possess a valid CPR and/or First Aid Card and need RENEWAL.  

Priority goes to Ventura County Resource Families. Class size is limited. Online Registration in advance is required. 

 *Masks required* 


CPR: October 8, 2021  (Waitlist only)

First Aid: November 5, 2021 (Waitlist only)

CPR: November 12, 2021  (Waitlist only)

Location: Ventura College Day Road Center Ventura, CA 93003 

Time: 4:30pm – 7 pm (please arrive no later than 4:15)   

 Online Registration (Click here to register) 

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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.


¡Saludos del Programa de Educación de Cuidado de Crianza y Parentesco!

Esperamos que todos tuvieron un verano seguro y tranquilo.  Nos complace estar de vuelta para apoyarlos mientras nos embarcamos en otra nueva temporada de desafíos e incertidumbre juntos.

Como ya sabrá, el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Condado de Ventura aprobó recientemente las vacunas obligatorias contra el Covid-19.  Estamos procediendo con la deliberación a medida que evaluamos cómo eso afectará las actividades en persona para nuestro programa.  En este momento, la mayor parte de nuestras clases continuará a través de Zoom.

Clases de 2021:

Criando un niño/a que fue abusado sexualmente

Esta nueva clase está diseñada específicamente para padres adoptivos, cuidadores familiares y personal de hogares grupales como reconocer los signos de abuso sexual y cómo apoyar a los niños/as que han sido perjudicados.

28 de octubre, 2021 (6pm - 8pm)

Instructora: Raquel Montes 

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Criar Niños Fuertes y Capaces

Aprenda cómo criar a niños fuertes y capaces que se conocen y creen en ellos mismos. Discuta maneras de aumentar las habilidades sociales y emocionales, el autoestima, la comunicación efectiva, así como la importancia de las relaciones seguras y enriquecedoras

noviembre 24, 2021 (6:30pm-8pm)

Instructora: Raquel Montes 

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Maneje su Estrés durante los Días Festivos y Apoye a los niños a Través de la Pérdida

Los días festivos no tienen porqué ser un momento de estrés. Únase con nosotros y discuta cómo manejar el estrés de los padres durante los días festivos. También revisaremos el impacto de la pérdida y el dolor en la vida de un niño y por qué es tan importante enseñar a los niños a celebrar sobre todo a ellos mismos en la vida.

diciembre 2, 2021 (6:30pm-8pm)

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