FKCE Stands For Care

The Woodland Community College Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) program serves Yolo County foster parents, kinship/relative care providers, and individuals interested in becoming foster parents or in adopting a child.

We provide free classes and workshops to individuals who are:

  • Parenting a child placed in out-of-home care and you want to improve your parenting skills
  • Taking care of a relative's child
  • Need to complete the State mandated foster care education requirements
  • Interested in being a foster or adoptive parent

The mission of Woodland Community College Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) is to provide quality education and training for care providers of children and youth in out-of-home care so that these providers can meet the child's educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs. There are 523,000 reasons to provide education and support to families caring for children placed outside their birth families. This is the number of youth in the United States currently living in foster care because their own family is in crisis and cannot provide for their day-to-day needs.

Foster, kinship care, and adoption promotes the healing process for a child by offering a stable and secure environment. Whether you are taking on the responsibility of raising a relative's child, a child from within the foster care system, or considering adoption from foster care, we appreciate that there is much you want and need to know. The Foster and Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE) provides specialized parenting classes throughout the year that serve to make this experience a success for you and for the children who come to live in your home.

Initial foster care education, Pre-Service, is for those interested in becoming a licensed Yolo County Foster Parent, or an adoptive home through the State of California 's Adoption unit. Pre-Service helps you through the licensing process, promotes an understanding of the child welfare system, and allows you to know more about the children who may come to live in your home. Classes also allow you to meet social workers and other foster and adoptive parents, who can help guide and support you on your parenting path. On-going foster care classes serve to maintain required training hours and provide continuing education and support to families. The relative caregiver is encouraged to attend our Kinship Care Education classes, a place to support and learn more about services available to families caring for a relative's child.

Foster, kinship and adoptive parents are very special individuals. They are the folks willing to step-up to care for a child placed out-of-home, most often due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or the death of a parent. All our parents come to know that it requires much more than love to parent a hurt child. FKCE is here to provide the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to ensure the safety, permanency and well being of the child. Our classes are free and open to the public. For those interested learning more about Yolo County foster care and adoption, our calendar of classes, or our kinship program, please call Cherie Schroeder at (530) 661-5772.