Prospective Parents

Prospective Parents

In order to serve as a foster parent with A Coming of Age FFA, prospective foster parents must undergo an initial training program. During this period of time, prospective foster parents are educated and instructed in a variety of topics and areas of interest. The training program is hosted by the Administrator of the agency so that prospective foster parents get a detailed understanding of their duties and responsibilities of serving as foster parents of A Coming of Age FFA. Becoming a certified foster parent with A Coming of Age FFA is a five step process which involves prospective foster parent undertaking a series of training classes and paperwork activities. The five steps are listed below and prospective foster parents must complete these steps in the identified order to become certified foster parents with A Coming of Age FFA. The five steps are as follows:

  • Orientation & Training Classes
  • Completion of Application Materials
  • Home Inspection
  • Home Study (interview with a social worker of A Coming of Age FFA)

    Certification as a foster parent if the agency social worker of ACOA supports the prospective applicants desire to serve as a foster parent with our agency.

  • County Background Check Approval

After being accepted as a foster parent with this agency, foster parents must continue to receive additional training each year in order to keep their certification active. As such, foster parent are required to attend monthly Foster Parent Association meetings or other approved training classes in order to obtain the required training hours per year after they are certified.

The initial training component consists of eleven training classes and subsequent meetings for the home inspection and home study interview. It is expected that the initial training program will entail at least thirty-two- (32) hours of training however this time may be more depending on the number of visits are needed for the home inspection and home study interviews. Prospective applicants are informed that the total commitment it will take to potentially get certified as a foster parent will be between six (6) to twelve (12) months. Examples of topics discussed in the initial training classes include:

  • Mental Health Identification and Treatment
  • Medication Management
  • Adjudication Process Including Understanding Adoption and Legal Guardianship
  • Personal Rights of Children
  • Family Separation
  • Meeting Developmental Needs
  • Understanding Grief, Loss, and Trauma
  • Appropriate Discipline
  • Understanding and Applying the California Core Practice Model
  • Preparing Youth for Independent Readiness

Throughout the foster parent pre-certification training, prospective foster parents are informed of the need to work together to with CPS, A Coming of Age FFA, Mental Health providers, to improve outcomes for child welfare youth and families.

A Coming of Age FFA currently serves the following communities in Riverside County and San Bernardino County.

Riverside County
Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris, Hemet, San Jacinto, Temecula, Murrieta, Corona, Rubidoux, Banning, Beaumont, Glen Avon, Mira Loma, Jurupa Valley, Lake Elsinore, and Menifee.

San Bernardino County
San Bernardino, Rialto, Victorville, Fontana, Redlands, Colton, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Hesperia, Bloomington, and Yucaipa.

Become of Foster Parent

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A Coming of Age F.F.A.

LIC # 336424303

7891 Mission Grove Pkwy.
Suite #B
Riverside, CA 92508

(951) 776-9223 (Office Phone)
(951) 653-5252 (Recruitment Office)
(951) 776-9250 (Fax)

Getting Started - Orientation and Training Classes

As acknowledged above, to get started, the first step is to begin attending our orientation and training classes. All of our prospective parent training classes are held at the Moreno Valley Mall in the city of Moreno Valley, CA. The address for the Moreno Valley Mall is 22500 Town Circle, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. We are located on the 2nd floor near the Hometown Buffet restaurant. It is imperative that in order for you to find out when our training classes are being held that you contact our agency by calling us at (951) 776-9223. It is best to ask for the prospective parent coordinator, however if she is unavailable then please notify the person whom you speak with that you want to begin the process of attending our orientation and training classes. We offer both morning and evening classes. All training classes are held twice a week for both our morning and evening classes. Morning classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00am-1:00pm. All evening classes are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm. It is critical that prospective applicants contact the agency so that we can sign you up for the appropriate class, but so that we can obtain critical contact information so that we may continue to communicate with you.

Moreno Valley Mall Recruitment and Training Center

22500 Town Circle
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Phone: (951) 653-5252

Training Videos

Orientation Class

In this video, prospective Resource Families are provided an overview of the foster care system and the changes that have occurred since the implementation of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR). In addition, applicants are also introduced to “Lisa” and her 911 call to provide a better understanding of the backgrounds and circumstances that children in foster care are dealing with in their personal lives and the reasons for why a Resource Parent is needed.

Session #1: Understanding the Adjudication Process

In this video, participants get an overview into how children, youth and non-minor dependents enter into the foster care and probation systems. Participants are also introduced to the Welfare and Institutions Codes, Section 300, Subsections a-j codes and what each letter represents and the importance of understanding these codes.

Session #2: Understanding the Impacts of Grief, Loss and Trauma in Children

In this video we look at the impacts of grief, loss and trauma in children and young adults in the foster care system. We also discuss how this will affect the way that Resource Parents interact with these youth. Lastly, we look at how a placement call works and what types of questions a Resource Parent should as of the Placement/Intake Unit staff calling them.

Session #3: Minimizing Personal Biases and Supporting Positive Relationships

In this video, participants learn about how to support the positive relationships between the child and their biological family members. In addition, there is a discussion about how Resource Parents must recognize their own personal biases when working with foster youth. Lastly there is a discussion about what a Resource Parent can do to make a child’s initial placement easier on the child.

Session #4 Understanding Mental Health Issues & Working with CSEC Youth

In this video, participants began to gain additional knowledge and insight into the different mental health issues that children, youth and young adults in foster care can have or develop. In addition, some insights and education into working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) is provided to participants so that they have a better understanding of the needs of these children and young adults as well.

Session #5: Understanding Drug Usage/Identification & Dealing with Behavior Problems

In this video, participants get acclimated to the different types of drugs that youth and non-minor dependents in foster care will sometimes use. In addition, prospective Resource Families get a better understanding of how to deal with the challenges and behavior problems that children in foster care present with. Lastly, there is a brief discussion about Extended Foster Care and how youth are able to remain in foster care up until the age of 21 years.

Session #6 Understanding the Role of the Social Worker and Addressing Separation Anxiety in Children

In this video Resource Families are introduced to the role of the Social Worker. We demonstrate this by presenting a mock interview between a Resource Parent and a Social Worker. We also talk about Separation Anxiety and the effects that this issue has in the children that we care for. Lastly, we talk about documentation standards that Resource Parents must complete on behalf of the children in their care.

Session #7: Understanding Medication Usage & Documentation Standards

In this video, Resource Families are introduced to the documentation standards regarding Psychotropic, Prescription and over-the-counter medications. In addition, Resource Parents are provided some insights into the importance of paperwork and why it is important for Resource Families to always obtain documentation from providers that the children, youth, and non-minor dependents are meeting with.

Session #8: Foster Youth and Health Care Issues/ Understanding Rules and Regulations

In this video we will look at how Resource Parents will address and deal with health care related issues and the types of insurance that children and young adults who are dependents of Riverside and San Bernardino County have. In addition, we will also look at the state regulations that Resource Parents must adhere to which are referred to as Interim Licensing Standards (ILS).

Session #9: Cultural Competency Training

In this video participants learn about the impacts that culture will have in caring for a child or young adult in foster care. In addition, participants also gain additional insight in understanding, accepting and working with children who happen to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning (LGBTQ).

Session #10: Understanding the CPM, Rates of Pay and Youth Participation in Activities

In this video, Resource Parents are introduced to the Core Practice Model (CPM) while also being introduced to their responsibilities of encouraging extra-curricular, enrichment and social activities. This class also talks about the rates of pay that certified foster parents receive for children in their care (as of 12/15/17) and lastly we discuss a particular tragic circumstance of a young adult and discuss how Resource Families would handle this situation if they were to find themselves involved in a similar situation.

Training Class Attendance and Requirements

Both prospective applicants in a two-parent household must attend all of the training classes. There are a total of eleven- (11) training classes. This includes one orientation class and ten actual training classes. Prospective applicants are not required to begin a training class a the beginning of a series (starting with an orientation and ending with class #10), and instead can join an existing class at any time. That is why it is critical for you to contact us just so that we can let you know when and what the next immediate class is. As acknowledged, both parents in a two-parent class must attend all of the training classes before a home is certified, however it is not required that both parents attend the same classes if their schedules do not permit this to occur. In some cases, one parent may attend our morning classes while a second parent attends the evening classes. Upon attending the first training class, the prospective parent will then be provided additional information about the certification process and any additional questions that are asked will also be answered.

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