What is provided?
A variety of quality training courses designed to improve the capacity of foster and group care providers to serve children and youth placed in out-of-home care. Topics meet the requirements for initial and ongoing training as required by the county and various agencies. Courses include CPR/AED, first aid, water safety, crisis prevention, problem solving, and a variety of child and youth care topics.
What is the cost to attend?
There is no cost to eligible participants other than their time and travel to attend the course. For CPR and first aid courses, participants are required to bring a self-addressed stamped envelope in order to receive the card when issued by the American Red Cross.
How is this training funded?
These courses are funded through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act in which the U.S. Congress designates funding for training adults who serve foster children. The program is administered through a partnership with Ventura County Human Service Agency, Ventura County Community College District, and Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families.
Who is eligible to participate?
• Current & Prospective Resource Families (Foster, Adoptive & Kinship)
• Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) employees
• Group Home Employees
• County Child Welfare Staff
• Probation Officers
• Foster Care Liaisons
• Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
• Community-Based Organizations (CBO) serving Foster Youth
May I attend if I am not eligible?
Participation is limited to eligible participants. If you are not eligible and are interested in training, please contact the appropriate parties below:
For individual CPR/AED and first aid
American Red Cross Ventura County Chapter
For contract CPR/AED, first aid, water safety and other workforce development courses
Ventura County Community College District Division of Economic Development
For child and youth care topics
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families