Foster Support  

Our college is committed to help support the needs of foster families in our community. On this page you will find special programs that are dedicated to serving and supporting the unique needs of Foster Youth and Foster Parents both on campus and throughout Riverside County.

Contact us: 

Digital Library Room 112
Monday to Friday 8 am - 5 pm (Tuesday until 6pm) 
       Closed all major holidays 
Phone: (951) 222-8878
Email:
Guardian.Scholars@rcc.edu 

Current Programs Offered

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Foster and Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE)

Riverside County is dedicated to providing licensed foster parents, kinship caregivers, other interested individuals and professionals with access to educational training through our program. This training is designed to make a difference for all parties involved.

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Guardian Scholars Program (GS)

Our foster youth support services program is designed to assist current and former foster youth at RCC. Guardian Scholars can help provide the resources and other support needed to assist students in the tasks they undertake to navigate their college experience.

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Foster Youth Network

To expand college access and success for foster youth, Moreno Valley College, Norco College, and Riverside City College created the Foster Youth Support Network (FYSN), which provides a comprehensive suite of services designed to create a connected and coordinated safety net for foster youth transitioning from high school.

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Free Caregiver Workshops and Training

This program works to provide California State and Riverside County mandated continuing education classes for approved Resource Families.  
Kinship providers are required to attend annual training. Other professionals working with children (childcare providers, teachers, counselors, social workers) are also welcome to attend the Spanish or English workshops.  
 
To receive workshop updates to your email inbox, simply subscribe to get FKCE class updates! You can also call (951) 222-8822. When contacting us please provide your Name, Phone Number and, if applicable, the class that you want to attend including date/time/location. 
 
NOTE: CHILDREN ARE NOT PERMITTED to attend workshops due to the sensitive nature of the topics. Please call us with any questions. 

Training classes are:  

  • Applicable for all "D" rated Los Angeles County approved homes 
  • Cover a wide variety of topics  
  • Free of charge to participants 
  • Held mornings and evenings throughout Riverside County 
  • Likely to be cancelled if there is insufficient pre-registration 
  • Offered in English and Spanish 
  • Counted towards County Resource Family training hours requirement (minimum 8 hours of approved training required each year, including for Kinship and Relative Caregivers) 
  • Potentially applicable towards “D‐Rate” in‐service renewal hours (seek pre‐approval from LA county worker prior to attending workshops). 
  • Prospective Foster/Adoptive (Resource Families) 
  • Approved County Foster/Adoptive Families 
  • Foster Family Agency Foster Parents & Staff 
  • Kinship Caregivers (both Formal & Informal) 
  • Classes are Not Generally for Birth Parents 
  • NO ONE UNDER 18 IS PERMITTED TO ATTEND 

FKCE Zoom Classes Schedule for August - December 2021

Please Call us at (951) 222-8822 or email us at fkce@rcc.edu to register! After registering the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

In order to stay engaged in the training and receive a certificate of completion, you will need a computer (recommended) or smartphone that allows you to access your Video & Microphone capabilities.

Para seguir participando en la capacitación y recibir un certificado de finalización, necesitará una computadora (recomendada) o un teléfono inteligente que le permita acceder a sus capacidades de Video y Micrófono.

  • Staying Healthy on a Budget
    Friday, August 20th, 9am-11am
  • Turning Dreams into Degrees 
    Tuesday, August 24th, 6pm-8pm
  • Supporting Your Student at School
    Saturday, August 28th, 10am-12pm
  • Preparing Teens for Self- Sufficiency 
    Monday, August 30th 6pm-8pm 
  • Reasonable and Prudent Parenting 
    Thursday, September 2nd, 6pm-8pm
  • Family Communication: Talking to Youth about Sexuality, Anatomy & Physiology, Puberty 
    Tuesday, September 7th, 2pm-4pm
  • School Success and Mental Health
    Wednesday, September 8th 9am-11am 
  • Adoption and Permanency
    Wednesday, September 8th, 6pm-8pm
  • Staying Healthy on a Budget
    Thursday, September 9th, 9am-11am
  • Cultures & Connections
    Saturday, September 18th, 10am-12pm
  • Creating Healing Environments
    Monday, September 20th 6pm-8pm
  • Family Communication: Talking to Youth about Sexuality, Pregnancy Prevention & Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Tuesday, September 21st, 2pm-4pm
  • Education Laws & Supports for Foster Youth
    Tuesday, September 21st, 6pm-8pm
  • Understanding the Adolescent Brain Development
    Friday, September 24th, 9am-11am
  • Creating Safe Spaces
    Saturday, September 25th, 10am-12pm
  • Building Positive Social Emotional Skills in Children
    Wednesday, September 29th 9am-11am 
  • Family Communication: Talking to Youth about Sexuality, Anatomy & Physiology, Puberty
    Tuesday, October 5th, 1pm-3m
  • Creating Safe Spaces
    Thursday, October 7th, 6pm-8pm
  • Keys to Positive Teen Behavior
    Wednesday, October 13th 9am-11am
  • Grief and Loss
    Wednesday, October 13th, 6pm-8pm
  • Staying Healthy on a Budget
    Friday, October 15th, 9am-11am
  • What is an IEP? And What Does it Mean for My Child?
    Saturday, October 16th, 10am-12pm
  • Family Communication: Talking to Youth about Sexuality, Pregnancy Prevention & Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Tuesday, October 19th, 1pm-3pm
  • Turning Dreams into Degrees
    Tuesday, October 19th, 6pm-8pm
  • Teaching Compassion to Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
    Monday, October 25th, 6pm-8pm
  • Helping Equip Teens for Healthy Dating Relationships
    Friday, October 29th, 9am-11am
  • Mindful Parenting
    Tuesday, November 9th, 6pm-8pm
  • Positive Discipline
    Thursday, November 11th, 6pm-8pm
  • Family Dynamics and Visitation
    Monday, November 15th 6pm-8pm
  • Family Communication: Talking to Youth about Sexuality, Pregnancy Prevention & Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Tuesday, November 16th,1pm-3pm
  • Staying Healthy on a Budget
    Thursday, November 18th, 9am-11am
  • Mindful Parenting
    Saturday, December 4th, 10am-12pm
  • Family Communication: Talking to Youth about Sexuality, Anatomy & Physiology, Puberty
    Tuesday, December 7th, 1pm-3pm
  • Staying Healthy on a Budget
    Wednesday, December 8th, 9am-11am
  • Creating Safe Spaces
    Saturday, December 11th, 10am-12pm
  • Cultures & Connections
    Saturday, December 11th, 10am-12pm
  • Understanding Trauma
    Wednesday, December 15th 9am-11am
  • Reasonable and Prudent Parenting 
    Friday, December 17th, 9am-11am
  • Family Communication: Talking to Youth about Sexuality, Pregnancy Prevention & Sexually Transmitted Infections
    Tuesday, December 28th, 1pm-3pm
  • Comunicación Familiar #3 Anticoncepción
    Comunicación Familiar #4 Infecciones de Transmisión Sexual
    Martes, Agosto 17, 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Niños y disciplina
    Viernes, Agosto 27, 10am-12pm
  • Tomar cosas sin permiso
    Sabado, Septiembre 11, 10am-12pm
  • Comunicación Familiar #1 Como Hablar con sus Hijos
    Comunicación Familiar #2 Anatomía, Fisiología & Pubertad
    Martes, Septiembre 14, 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Características de fijación segura
    Viernes, Septiembre 24, 10am-12pm
  • Comunicación Familiar #3 Anticoncepción
    Comunicación Familiar #4 Infecciones de Transmisión Sexual
    Martes, Septiembre 28, 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Comunicación Familiar #1 Como Hablar con sus Hijos
    Comunicación Familiar #2 Anatomía, Fisiología & Pubertad
    Martes, Octubre 5, 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Niños y disciplina
    Sabado, Octubre 16, 10am-12pm
  • Comunicación Familiar #3 Anticoncepción 
    Comunicación Familiar #4 Infecciones de Transmisión Sexual
    Martes, Octubre 19, 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Comunicación Familiar #1 Como Hablar con sus Hijos
    Comunicación Familiar #2 Anatomía, Fisiología & Pubertad
    Martes, Noviembre 2, 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Comunicación Familiar #3 Anticoncepción
    Comunicación Familiar #4 Infecciones de Transmisión Sexual
    Martes, Noviembre 9, 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Tomar cosas sin permiso
    Viernes, Noviembre 12, 10am-12pm
  • Comunicación Familiar #1 Como Hablar con sus Hijos
    Comunicación Familiar #2 Anatomía, Fisiología & Pubertad
    Martes, Diciembre 7, 3:30pm-5:30pm 
  • Características de fijación segura
    Viernes, Diciembre, 10, 10am-12pm
  • Comunicación Familiar #3 Anticoncepción
    Comunicación Familiar #4 Infecciones de Transmisión Sexual
    Martes, Diciembre 14, 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Niños y disciplina
    Sabado, Diciembre 18, 10am-12pm

Elevate Your College Experience

The Guardian Scholars program is part of the Riverside Area Multi-Campus Network (MCN) supporting foster youth on the Riverside City College (RCC), Moreno Valley College (MVC), and University of California, Riverside (UCR), campuses. Our collaboration seeks to promote the transfer of information and resources to support our students across all campuses. 

The program helps foster youth realize their post-secondary education is a step towards self-sufficiency, a stronger self-identity and a solid foundation for a bright future. They will attend classes at RCC and develop personal connections with RCC staff, faculty and fellow students in an inclusive, supportive environment and community. They will enjoy their time at RCC and build relationships that will last a lifetime.

 This program is made possible through a generous grant provided by the Pritzker Foundation, and RCC Student Equity funding.  

Dedicated Counselors & Staff assistance, including: 

  • Applications 
  • Registration  
  • Financial Aid 
  • Emergency Needs  
  • Campus & Community Resources  
  • Student Educational Plans 
  • Community Involvement Opportunities 

Guardian Scholar Resource & Engagement Center 

  • Computers Access 
  • Printers  
    Study Area  
  • Cell Phone Chargers  
  • Snacks 

Workshops  

  • Financial Literacy 
  • Reducing Stress 
  • Healthy Habits 

Off-Campus Events 
Technology Loans  

  • laptops  
    Etc. 
  • Between the ages of 18 - 25 years old 
  • Been in foster care any time after the age of 13 
  • Submit the GS application to the Foster Youth Specialist 
  • Submit your Dependency Verification Letter (also known as Ward of the Court Letter) 
  • Be a current or prospective RCC student 

Riverside City College
(951) 222-8878 

Transitioning to College

Foster Youth Support Network – Riverside Community College District

To expand college access and success for foster youth, Moreno Valley, Norco, and Riverside City colleges created the Foster Youth Support Network (FYSN), which provides a comprehensive suite of services designed to create a connected and coordinated safety net for foster youth transitioning from high school.

The FYSN has developed a regional framework to support comprehensive, interagency collaboration and coordination of services related to foster youth’s college transition and success, and provides direct, continuous support and resources to foster youth in grades 9-12 in order to increase their college readiness and prepare them for a seamless transition into higher education.

With district-wide coordination, Riverside City College embeds a Student Resource Specialist within high schools in the Alvord, Jurupa, and Riverside Unified School Districts. The Resource Specialist works closely with their institution’s partners to simultaneously lower barriers to enrollment and promote success through a case management model, empowering foster youth to take an active role in planning for a transition to higher education. Support provided includes college and career exploration lessons, referrals to academic support, and one-on-one assistance with college and financial aid applications.