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

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.

August

Saturday, August 13 
10am-Noon

Navigating Special Education At Your School (MW)

Tuesday, August 16
9-11 am
Harm Reduction Series (EF)

Thursday, August 18
6-8 pm
Creating Safe Spaces (TI)

Monday, August 22
6-8 pm
Identifying Bullying Behaviors (VS)

Wednesday, August 24
9-11 am
Healthy Habits on budget (JP)

Thursday, August 25
6-8 pm
Turning Dreams into Degrees: A Training to Empower Caregivers to Support Foster Youth to Enroll and Succeed in College (AR)

Saturday, August 27
10 am-Noon
Art Therapy for Victims of Trauma (MW)

Saturday, August 27
10 am-Noon
CSEC Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (TI)

Monday, August 29
6-8 pm
Education Supports and Laws for Youth in the foster care system (AR)

Tuesday, August 30
9-11 am
Suicide Awareness in Teens (VS)

Wednesday, August 31
9-11 am
Understanding Out of Home Care Options (EF)

September

Thursday, September 1
6-8 pm
Turning Dreams into Degrees: A Training to Empower Caregivers to Support Foster Youth to Enroll and Succeed in College (AR)

Wednesday, September 7
9-11 am
Positive Discipline #1 (EF)

Tuesday, September 13
9-11 am
Trauma, Brain Development and behavior (VS)

Thursday, September 15
6-8 pm
CSEC Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (TI)

Friday, September 16
9-11 am
Self-Care for Caregivers (JP)

Saturday, September 17
10 am-Noon
Early Intervention for Drug Exposed Children (MW)

Monday, September 19
6-8 pm
Five Languages of Love (VS)

Saturday, September 24
10 am-Noon
Creating Safe Spaces (TI)

Wednesday, September 28
9-11 am
Positive Discipline #2 (EF)

October

Saturday, October 1
10 am-Noon
What is an IEP? (MW)

Tuesday, October 4
6-8 pm
Positive Discipline #3 (EF)

Thursday, October 6
6-8 pm
Creating Safe Spaces (TI)

Saturday, October 8
10 am-Noon
CSEC Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (TI)

Tuesday, October 11
9-11 am
Grief and the Holidays (VS)

Wednesday, October 12
6-8 pm
Healthy Habits on a Budget (JP)

Monday, October 17
6-8 pm
Setting realistic goals in school (VS)

Wednesday, October 19
9-11 am
Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standards/ Children’s Rights (EF)

November

Wednesday, November 2
9-11 am
Harm Reduction Series (EF)

Saturday, November 5
10 am-Noon
Advocating for Children with Social/Emotional Needs at School (MW)

Monday, November 7
6-8 pm
Impact of Trauma on Learning (VS)

Tuesday, November 8
9-11 am
Self-Care for Caregivers (JP)

Wednesday, November 9
6-8 pm
Understanding Out of Home Care Options (EF)

Wednesday, November 16
9-11 am
Understanding Anger (VS)

Thursday, November 17
6-8 pm
Turning Dreams into Degrees: A Training to Empower Caregivers to Support Foster Youth to Enroll and Succeed in College (AR)

Thursday, November 17
6-8 pm
Creating Safe Spaces (TI)

December

Saturday, December 3
10 am-Noon
Cultures & Connections (MW)

Monday, December 5
6-8 pm
Building Nurturing Environments (VS)

Wednesday, December 7
9-11 am
Reasonable & Prudent Parenting Standards/ Children’s Rights (EF)

Thursday, December 8
6-8 pm
CSEC Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (TI)

Friday, December 9
9-11 am
Healthy Habits on a Budget (JP)

Tuesday, December 13
6-8 pm
Understanding Out of Home Care Options (EF)

Wednesday, December 14
6-8 pm
Education Supports and Laws for Youth in the foster care system (AR)

Thursday, December 15
9-11 am
Dealing with difficult behavior issues and where to turn for help (VS)

Para registrarce a la clase en Español llamar (951) 536-7880 o mande un email victorjvmv@gmail.com

Martes, 16 de Agosto
6-8 pm
Explotación sexual comercial de niños

Viernes, 26 de Agosto
9-11 am
Técnicas para gestionar las emociones

Martes, 20 de Septiembre
6-8 pm
Niños y disciplina

Viernes, 23 de Septiembre
9-11 am
Familias creativas

Viernes, 14 de Octubre
9-11 am
Aceptación vs comodidad.

Martes, 18 de Octubre
6-8 pm
Desarrollo infantil

Viernes, 18 de Noviembre
9-11 am
Pensamientos que destruyen la Familia

Martes, 22 de Noviembre
6-8 pm
Técnicas para gestionar las emociones

Viernes, 16 de Diciembre
9-11 am
Reducir el estrés familia

Martes, 20 de Diciembre
6-8 pm
Explotación sexual comercial de niños

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.