Let Your Life Be An Inspiration
Alameda County Foster Parent Association is a Chapter of 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
Support the ACFPA Scholarship Programs
They say it takes a village to raise a child. For Resource and kinship families, that village can look unique to each child and youth’s particular needs and interests. The Alameda County Foster Parent Association’s (ACFPA) scholarship program provides scholarships to ACFPA members with the goal of connecting foster and adoptive children and youth to community programs. These programs help them to succeed in school, prepare for higher education and work, and explore extracurricular activities like music, dance, sports, and camps.
ACFPA scholarships are available to kids and young adults through 22 years of age. In 2021, despite the COVID epidemic, the fund awarded more than $5,000 to 21 foster and adopted kids ages 1-17 years old. So far in 2022, the Scholarship Committee has awarded almost $6,700 to 22 kids ages 1-19. These awards have supplemented the cost of swim, music and dance lessons, martial arts, zoo memberships, camps and even college supplies.
Enrichment scholarships can fund afterschool and school break extracurricular activities. Research has shown that participation in extracurricular activities can improve children’s math, reading, movement skills, and social and emotional skills. Participating in extracurriculars has been linked with a decreased risk of being bullied among children with disabilities.
The ACFPA academic support scholarships can help children and youth with their school skills. Children and youth in foster care have historically shown lower scores in math and reading skills and had a higher dropout rate. Factors such as experiencing trauma and changing placements and schools are linked to lower academic skills. These scholarships can fund tutoring, study aides and test prep classes to help children and youth catch up to their classmates.
Jennifer, an ACFPA member and Resource parent, has used Enrichment Scholarships to support her adoptive son’s love for ballet and hip-hop dance lessons. She writes, “He absolutely loves dance and has a true passion for it. This was his 3rd year dancing, and he still loves it.” Afterschool activities like dance can help children to build coordination, strength, and self-esteem.
Last summer, our family received a scholarship to send our 1-year-old foster son to swim lessons at the San Leandro Family Aquatic Center. As a child born during the COVID-19 pandemic, this was his first group activity. It gave him a positive early experience with swimming and allowed him to play and interact with other toddlers in a safe outdoor space. I befriended some fellow parents during the class and we did playdates outside of swim lessons. Our foster son loved going to the playground with his new friends. Thanks to the lessons, he now loves swimming and looks forward to every chance to jump in the water!
The ACFPA scholarship program can help families access important resources in the community to help their children and young adults in their care to explore their interests, achieve academically, and prepare for adult life. Scholarship committee members can also help families to locate and apply for programs to help their children and youth thrive. Not sure where to begin? Contact us at: email@example.com.
Article by: Lesley Paige. Lesley is an Alameda County Resource Parent and member of the ACFPA Scholarship Committee.
Member Only Opportunity
Sergeant-at-Arms Position – August 2022
The ACFPA Board is looking for members who might be interested in filling the Sergeant-at-Arms position. This is a wonderful member-only opportunity. The Sergeant-at-Arms is primarily responsible for keeping meetings running smoothly and efficiently, by gently redirecting participants when discussions drift off topic or one participant dominates the discussion, and helping to keep track of time allotted for each agenda item.
This is a voluntary, appointed position. Although this is not an official ACFPA Board position, it is ideal for an ACFPA member who wants to become more active in the Association and to eventually hold a Board position.
Please review the job responsibilities and qualifications, and if interested, apply by submitting a brief letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information in your letter of interest: 1) Relevant work history and experience, 2) What makes you a good fit for the position, 3) How you can contribute to the ACFPA Mission.
All applications will be reviewed by the Board and notices will be sent to applicants once a decision is made.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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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