Foster & Kinship Care Education Guidelines
LOCATION: Classes are held in various buildings on the San Bernardino Valley College campus, which is located at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92410, as well as locations off campus. Please check for classroom location by calling (909) 384-4457. Other locations include: Priscilla’s Helping Hands Project R.E.A.C.H. @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship in San Bernardino and Westside Kinship Support Services in San Bernardino. Addresses are provided in the back of this booklet.
TRAINING CERTIFICATE: Some FKCE facilitators issue training certificates for each class, but the State of California no longer requires foster parents to show certificates to their social workers as proof of training hours completed. All class sign-in sheets and participant registration forms are entered into the state’s database after all trainings. If individuals would like to receive a copy of their FKCE class transcripts, please contact the SBVC Foster & Kinship Care Education Program office, (909) 384-4457, and allow one week for processing.
PARKING: Parking permits are provided for participants who are pre-registered. Parking permits are required for all SBVC campus lots and campus streets. Avoid reserved, staff, visitor, green and red-zoned spaces. Daily permits can be purchased from yellow dispensers in parking lots 1, 5, 7, 8, and 9 only. Daily permits cost $2.00. Free parking is provided across the street at the Pro Swap Meet (632 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.).
NO CHILDCARE: Per SBVC campus policy, children are not permitted in the classroom under any conditions and are not to be left unattended in any campus facility. Childcare will not be provided for any of the FKCE classes.
REGISTRATION: In order to provide you with quality training and professional services, we recommend that all participants adhere to the following guidelines:
The following frequently asked questions may be helpful to you:
Do I have to pre-register in order to attend a class?
Yes. There is no way for us to contact you regarding class changes or cancellations if you do not pre-register.
How do I register for a class?
You may register by doing one of the following:
• Call the Foster & Kinship Care Education (FKCE) Office at (909) 384-4457
• Email your registration to firstname.lastname@example.org
• The FKCE office will only return a call if there is a question regarding your registration.
Is there a fee to attend classes?
No. Training sessions are free and are open to anyone in the community.
I am not a foster parent or a relative caregiver. Can I still attend the classes?
YES. Although our target audience is mainly foster parents and relative caregivers, our trainings are open to everyone in the community including social workers, group home staff, family and friends.
What if I can’t make it to a class after I have registered?
No problem! Just call our office to cancel your seat in order to offer it to someone else who may be waiting for a space.
What if a class gets cancelled or moved? How will I know?
Our office will make every effort to contact you with any cancellations and/or changes. This is why it is important to pre-register and provide your contact information when doing so. Class cancellations Monday through Friday after 4:00 p.m. will not provide us time to reach you by phone. Please note that notices will be posted at the training sites to the best of our ability regarding unforeseen cancellations.
DISABILITY SERVICES: For disability-related reasonable accommodations, please contact the FKCE Program office at (909) 384-4457 no later than two weeks prior to the date services are needed.
QUESTIONS: For further information, contact the SBVC Foster & Kinship Care Education Program office:
San Bernardino Valley College
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92410
Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. The office will be closed the following dates: 9/1/14, 11/11/14, 11/27/14 -11/29/14, and 12/25/14 – 1/1/15. Visit our website. The SBVC Student Services posts this FKCE class schedule on its webpage: www.valleycollege.edu then type Foster in the Google search box on the upper right hand corner.