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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:

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


Educational Champion Training

When a child in foster care needs a viable adult in his life to support, advocate, and remove barriers to his or her education, the court may appoint a surrogate to fill this role. Whether you hold education rights for a student or want to learn more to support a student in foster care, this training is for you!  Each module can be taken independently, or you may register for both. Download flyer

Foster Youth Education Rights in the Era of COVID 19

Wednesday October 27, 2021, 1-3pm

Instructor: Laura Welbourn

Register & more information for Ed Champ Training


Trauma-Informed Care: How to Mend a Broken Heart

Topics include a scary event vs. a traumatic experience, trauma formation, cortisol levels and mindset impact. We will enter 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

Wednesday October 27, 2021, 6-9pm

Instructor: Nick Lawrence

Register & more info for Trauma Care


Parenting the Sexually Abused Child (Class in Spanish)

NEW! Recognize the signs of sexual abuse and how to support children who have been harmed. Download flyer

Thursday October 28, 2021, 6-8pm

Instructor: Raquel Montes

Register & more information for Parenting


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

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 and one stress hormone. 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

Wednesday November 3, 6-9pm 

Instructor: Nick Lawrence 

Register for Happiness Hormones 


Trauma Informed Practices in Schools (TIPS) 

Physiological impacts of trauma on the brain and possible emotional, behavioral, social, and intellectual/academic impacts on students. How schools and classrooms are creating trauma sensitive learning environments and strategies for responding to trauma.

NOTE: TIPS I (1st session) can be taken without taking TIPS II (2nd session) but TIPS II should not be taken unless one has already attended a TIPS training within the past two years. Download flyer 

TIPS Part 1

Monday, November 8, 2021, 1-3pm 

TIPS Part 2

Monday, November 15, 2021, 1-3pm 

Instructor: Lori Rangel 

Register & more information for TIPS Part 1 &2


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

Register & more information for Holidays


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 November 10, 2021, 6-8pm

Instructor: Nick Lawrence

Register & more info for Stereotype


“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

Register & more information for Arguing


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

Register & more information for Strong


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

Register & more information for Managing Stress


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 

Register & more information for Tantrums


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

Pt 1 Thursday December 9, 2021, 6-9pm

Pt 2 Thursday December 9, 2021, 6-8pm

Instructor: Nick Lawrence

Register & more info for Sexuality


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* 


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 – 6:30pm (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 Octobre:

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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