Special Populations Collaborative

Foster Care Individuals

El Camino College, Compton Center - Foster & Kinship Care Education Program for Youth and Care Providers

The Foster and Kinship Education Program offers classes for adults providing foster care services and for youth ages 14 to 21 living in out-of-home. The adult classes provide workshops to ensure licensed and prospective foster and kinship caregivers can meet a child's needs, including the educational, emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs of children placed in out-of-home care. Classes for youth, called YESS, help them transition to independent, emancipated living.
The adult programs focus on:

  • D-Rate Certification pre-services for children that exhibit severe emotional and behavioral problems.
  • F-Rate Certification pre-services for children with special medical conditions
  • Renewal Classes for licensed foster parents and kinship caregivers to keep their certifications up to date.
  • Whole family foster Care for families parenting teens with children.
  • PSMAPP (Partnering for Safety and Permanence Model Approach to Partnerhips in Parenting) for prospective foster parents.

The YESS Youth Programs are offered to qualifying foster youth referred to the Compton Center by their social workers who contact the Compton Center. The YESS program serves foster youth ages 14-21 in two categories:

  • Tutoring: Students are eligible for tutoring on a case-by-case evaluation to assist them in passing the High School Exit Exam.
  • Life Skills: Classes are designed for youth 16-21 years of age, providing experiential learning opportunities that develop life skills they can utilize in their walk toward adulthood, and assist foster youth with transitioning out of the system.

For more information, contact the center at: (310) 537-3808 Office, or (310) 900-1672 Fax.