The Foster and Kinship Education (FKCE) Program provides quality education and support opportunities for 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.The FKCE Program is a statewide program funded by the California Community College Chancellor's Office. This program provides a wide variety of training programs for resource parents through 57 California Community Colleges . There are 17 Community Colleges in Los Angeles county that provide the FKCE program. The FKCE programs in Los Angeles works colloboratively with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services on curriculum for resource parents.
Resource parents are required by the state and county to have pre-service training before children are placed in their homes and, annual renewal training, each year thereafter. In order to help respource parents meet these annual training needs, Los Angeles Mission College's (LAMC) FKCE Program offers a variety of training topics which meet state, county and current California Resource Family Approval (RFA) written direcitves annual training guidelines.
Included in the training topics that are offered are specialized care increment training including the F-Rate (medically challenged foster children) and D-Rate (behaviorally challenged foster children) pre-service training. Additionally, the FKCE program at LAMC offeres W-Rate (Whole Foster Family Home training to care for parenting teens in foster care) pre-service training, Resource Family Approval (RFA) annual renewal training, Higher Education training as well annual renewal training for the Basic (B), "F", "D', and "W" rates. Training for resource parents is available in both English and Spanish.