Prevent Child Abuse California says, “In loving hands children blossom.” California Child Abuse Prevention has a slogan that demonstrates how caring adults — those willing to open their hearts and homes — can change a child’s life.
This message is the cornerstone of all instruction offered to Yolo County foster, kinship and adoptive parents through Woodland Community College’s Foster and Kinship Care Education Program. The theme is introduced in “pre-approval” classes for prospective foster parents and is woven into all continuing education courses for resource parents, our foster and relative care providers.
“Every interaction with a hurt child is a chance to make a positive difference that can help them rebuild safety and trust,” said WCC FKCE Director Cherie Schroeder. “Resource parents are a critical piece in helping abused and neglected children heal.”
On Monday, Sept. 9, Yolo County residents interested in becoming a Resource Family – Foster Parents – are invited to attend a free introductory class from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Woodland Community College. This class and series is being held in both English and Spanish.
The workshop, held in Room 101 is located at the front of campus, in the 100 building, Room 101, the first door inside on the left. This is the first in a series of four additional required trainings to meet California Approval Mandates that address caring for dependent children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.
The first evening is a general information meeting designed to answer prospective foster parents’ questions about approval requirements, general expectations and a chance to get to know one another. During the 12 hours of required classes, several Yolo County foster and adoptive parents share experiences of traditional foster care and fostering-to-adoption journeys.
For additional information about becoming a Yolo Approved Resource Parent and to make a difference in the life of a local foster child, contact: Cherie Schroeder at 530-574-1964; or visit: yolofostercare.com.
Community members and guests are welcome. Classes are free and open to the public. No parking permits are needed after 6 p.m. at Woodland Community College. We hope you consider joining us to learn more about the urgent need for foster parents.