Let Your Life Be An Inspiration
Alameda County Foster Parent Association is a Chapter of the California State Foster Parent Association. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering, supporting, educating and advocating for licensed foster parents, relative and non-relative caregivers and adoptive families throughout Alameda County.
Our Mission is to promote consistent, safe, quality care for the well-being of all foster children by providing support and advocacy to foster and adoptive families, relative and non-relative caregivers.
We envision that one day every child, youth and young adult in foster care, and their caregivers, will thrive and successfully navigate to a healthy and positive future.
If you are a foster or adoptive parent or relative caregiver in Alameda County, consider joining the ACFPA. We are here to support you through your journey.
Stressed? Need Support? Family Paths offers a 24 hour parent support hotline providing free and confidential counseling, information and referrals. Call 1-800-829-3777
Apply for ACFPA Scholarships
Our Scholarships can supplement the cost of camps and activities for your kids, and much much more. Apply Today.
Are you a caregiver or a current or former foster youth? Are you feeling frustrated? Would you like additional support? Contact Family Urgent Response System (FURS) at 1-833-939-FURS. Check our News page to learn more.
Job Corps may be a Great Resource for the Youth or young Adult in Your Life
During the July 2022 Association Meeting, we received a wonderful presentation from Gianna Silvestre, Outreach and Admissions Counselor with Job Corps.
Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years. The program helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 to complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment. It is funded by the U.S. Department of labor.
At Job Corps, students have access to room and board while they learn skills in specific training areas for up to three years. In addition to helping students complete their education, obtain career technical skills and gain employment, Job Corps provides transitional support services, such as help finding employment, housing, child care, and transportation. Job Corps graduates either enter the workforce or an apprenticeship, go on to higher education, or join the military.
Ms. Silvestre explained that at their Treasure Island location, they offer a variety of training programs, including basic and advanced culinary, office administration, certified nursing assistance, certified medical assistant, security and protective services, and advanced information technology. They also offer training in construction in fields like cement masonry, carpentry, electric, plastering, and building construction technology.
Along with free training, the Treasure Island location offers free on-campus living, uniforms, meals, and medical services. Finally, once the students have completed the program, they receive assistance in finding employment.
To be eligible for this program, the individual must be:
- Between 16-24 years of age
- Below the poverty line or currently on income assistance
- U.S. citizen or legal resident
Students Rising Above Scholarships
In addition to ACFPA scholarships, there are many other scholarships available out there. You will find links to some of these scholarships at the bottom of our Scholarship page.
Students Rising Above (SRA) is now accepting scholarships for High School Juniors graduating in Spring 2024. SRA empowers students facing systemic barriers to define and find success through education, career, and in life. Selected students will receive mentoring support, financial assistance, and college and career guidance. The goal of the Rising Stars Program is to provide students with the individualized support they need to be successful.
Program Requirements include the following:
- Must currently be a Junior in High School
- Low income or living on government assistance
- High School Senior in 2023-2024 school year
- Committed to earning a college education
- GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Must live within the nine-county Bay Area
- All students are eligible to apply, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status.
Here is the link to the application: https://sra.tfaforms.net/51
The application deadline is March 4th, 2023 at 11:59pm. Students will likely need a letter of recommendation.
A Great Resource for Foster and Probation Youth
The Independent Living Program (ILP) serves the Foster and Probation youth in Alameda County. Their Mission is to “help foster youth meet their basic needs and become self-sufficient adults making conscious and healthy decisions”. ILP eligible youth are usually referred to ILP by their child welfare workers or probation officers. If you have a youth in your care that you think is eligible for services and has not been referred yet, speak to the youth’s child welfare worker about a referral to the program.
Are you done building your family through adoption? There is still a lot we can offer you through the ACFPA.
RFA Caregiver Social Media Policy
As Resource Families we are required to protect the confidentiality of Children in Care. This includes posting information and pictures on social media platforms. Please review the Social Media policy and ensure compliance with this requirement.
Do you need training hours?
There are plenty of ways to get your training hours. Chabot College is just one of the organizations offering training. Click on the link below for their upcoming programs. Also, check our Resource page for more training options.
Join us at our meetings
We would love to see you at our monthly ACFPA meetings on the 4th Monday of every month. Check our Events calendar for the exact dates and details.
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