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Foster and Kinship Care Education Program

Spring 2015 Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions





Where do I start to become a Foster/Adoptive Parent with the County of San Diego?


  • Call 877-792-KIDS (5437) to sign up for an Orientation.


What training hours are required to become a Foster/Adoptive Parent?

  • 27-hour Pre-Service called TIPS (Trauma Informed Pre-Service) for English speakers
  • 27-hour Pre-Service called PRIDE for Spanish speakers for fall, 2013—after then, TIPS will be in Spanish.
  • Call the 800-200-1222 to register


What training hours are required ongoing?

  • Each licensed County Foster/Adoptive Parent (each person listed on the license) must complete 8 hours of approved training per year.
  • All training in this Pink Flier qualifies as on-going training.
  • If you take training from another source, you need to get that approved by your FHL worker.


What extra adoption classes do I need?

  • After you finish Pre-Service, you will be assigned an Adoption Social Worker who will tell you which of the Adoption Preparation classes you should complete.
  • Then you call 800-200-1222 to register for those.


Who can come to these classes?

  • Prospective Foster/Adoptive (Resource) parents
  • Licensed County Foster/Adoptive Parents
  • Foster Family Agency Foster Parents and Staff
  • Kinship Caregivers (whether formal or informal)
  • Social workers and other professionals who work with Foster/Adoptive Parents
  • Respite caregivers who will be serving foster/adoptive parents
  • These classes are not for the general public or generally for birth parents.


How can I use online classes to meet my mandated annual training?

  • San Diego County has approved Foster/Adoptive Parents to use 4 out of the 8 mandated ongoing training hours to be the online classes.


How do I sign up for First Aid and CPR?

  • Call the number of the class monitor listed on the First Aid/CPR pages which are always at the end of the Pink Flier.
  • Remember, these classes are only for the people listed in the first answer. 
  • Also remember that First Aid and CPR are licensing requirements and do not count toward your annual training mandate.


Is there a fee for these classes?

  • No, there is never a fee for any of these classes for any participants. (They are sponsored by the State of California and Federal Government.)


Can children come to these classes?

  • No, no one under 18 years of age can attend the classes due to lack of childcare, presentation of inappropriate content for children, and liability issues.

Foster Care

If you know someone who wants to become a foster parent, have him/her call
this number to get details on a Foster Parent Orientation in their neighborhood.
1-877-792-KIDS (5437)
If you know someone who is looking for the foster parent initial or pre-service classes
“TIPS” Trauma Informed Pre-Service,
tell them to call 1-800-200-1222 to get information and/or to register.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: For people who take TIPS, but do not get their Foster Home
license right away, TIPS must be completed within the last 12 months at the time of the


If you know someone who wants to adopt a child from the county:
1-877-423-6788; (En Español llame al (619) 409-3125.)
If your Adoption Social Worker has told you that you need to take the
“Adoption Preparation” classes, call the 1-800-200-1222 toll free registration line to register.

Kinship Care

  • If you are a relative raising a child such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle; you are a kinship caregiver. 
  • If you or someone you know is raising a child either placed by the Juvenile Court or informally, you can call the YMCA Kinship Navigator Program which coordinates support groups.  They also have navigators who are able to assist individual kinship caregivers in a wide variety of ways.
  • Call them at 1-877-YMCA4KIN  (1-877-9622-4-546).

Respite Care

If you are a foster or kinship parent who has a child placed through the
County of San Diego Juvenile Court Dependency Section,
to arrange FREE respite care.

Foster Parent Mentor Program

  • If you are a foster parent licensed through the County of San Diego, you qualify
    for this unique program designed to increase retention and placement stability
    of foster care placements.
    Call 1-800-200-1222
     To have a mentor assigned to you to assist with issues like: systems problems, personal
    problems, child or biological parent problems, and help in finding resources for you.

Kinship Care Education

If you are a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, etc. raising your relative’s children––then you are a Kinship Caregiver.
There is no formal requirement for you to attend classes or workshops, but many kinship caregivers have expressed a desire for more training in specific areas to help them better meet the needs of the children in their care and themselves as well.  You are welcome to attend any of the classes or workshops in this flyer.  Just call the registration line at 1-800-200-1222 or in the case of the Foster Parent Support Group Workshops, call the contact person for that group for directions.
There are also support groups especially for kinship caregivers that are listed below. Food and childcare are provided at some the meetings through an FAKCE sub-contract with the YMCA. There are some other groups that meet on their own in the community.



Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 16, Apr 20

North Inland

   5:30-7:30 p.m.


Palomar YMCA

1050 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92026


Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24, Apr 28

North Coastal 

5:30-7:30 p.m.


Community Lutheran Church

4701 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056

1st & 3rd Wednesday

Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 15


   5:30-7:30 p.m.


YMCA Youth Center

2929 Meade Avenue

San Diego, 92116

2nd & 4th Thursday

Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 26, Apr 23


   5:30-7:30 p.m.


McGrath YMCA

12006 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91911

1st & 3rd Thursday

Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16




South Bay YMCA

1201 Paseo Magda
Chula Vista, 91910

2nd & 4th Thursday

Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 26, Apr 23

South PM

   5:30-7:30 PM


South Bay YMCA

1201 Paseo Magda
Chula Vista, 91910

1st & 3rd Friday

Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 17

South A

  9:30- 11:30 am


Trolley Trestle Apartments

746 Ada Street; Chula Vista, CA 91911

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Governing Board Members:  Greg Barr, Bill Garrett, Edwin Hiel, Debbie Justeson, Mary Kay Rosinski
   Student Members: Samantha Elliot, Mohammed Alyasini. 
   Chancellor: Cindy L. Miles, Ph.D.
   Grossmont College President: Sunita V. Cooke, Ph.D.
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