Foster Care Training Partners

You can contact our partner agencies to learn more about their resources and services by clicking on their Logos below.

A Better Way, Inc.

A Better Way, Inc. is dedicated to providing the highest quality services to children in, or at risk of entering, foster care and their families with the goal of establishing loving and lasting relationships. As a 501(c)3, not-for-profit children and family service agency, we support most major Bay Area counties with services such as training, parent advocacy, therapeutic visitation, pre and post adoption, permanency support, Foster-Adoption, and family strengthening. A Better Way, Inc. empowers children and families to develop the insights, life skills, and permanent relationships that promote their social, emotional, educational and economic well-being.

Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Alternative Family Services (AFS) is a foster, adoptions and mental health agency committed to fostering nurturing family environments within communities for children in need. AFS has been creating safe, permanent connections for foster children and youth in the Bay Area since 1978. AFS services focus on building sustainable relationships for children and youths in and out of foster care through supporting families at risk; creating permanency options for all foster children; providing mental health and other support to children, youth and their families; preparing foster youth for adult independent living; and responding to needs in the community as they arise.

Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Catholic Charities was founded in 1907. Rooted in our faith traditions of charity and justice, Catholic Charities supports families and youth through social services and opportunities for healthy growth and development. Since its humble beginnings as a refuge for orphans from the California gold rush to continuing its role at the forefront of social services in California, St. Vincent’s School for Boys has been providing care, safety, and a space for healing for children and families since 1855. St. Vincent’s School for Boys continues this mission through high quality foster youth services provided at our licensed STRTP; services include 24 hour residential care, recreation and community-based programs, wraparound services, equestrian therapy, educational supports, and clinical services.

Chabot College FKCE (Foster and Kinship Care Education)

Chabot College FKCE provides training to individuals who are or are in the process of becoming resource parents to children in foster and kinship care in Alameda County. We offer pre-approval training to those in the process of becoming resource parents. We offer post-training to approved resource parents who are fulfilling training hours and want to strengthen their parenting skills. We also offer the CARI (Community Action to Reach out to Infants) series twice per year for resource parents seeking certification to work with medically fragile and young children 0-5 years. All classes are free, highly engaging, and taught by presenters who are informed by research, policy, and experience.

East Bay Agency for Children

East Bay Agency for Children improves the well-being of children, youth and families by reducing the impact of trauma and social inequities through community-based services that both serve as prevention and complementary recovery services to vulnerable children and families. East Bay Agency for Children delivers a comprehensive continuum of services focused on three strategies: building resiliency by delivering intervention services that help children and families protect themselves against long term harm from chronic exposure to adversity; aiding in recovery by delivering intervention services that treat children exhibiting traumatic stress symptoms and emotional or behavioral disorders; and prevention by providing services that reduce the incidence of childhood adverse experiences.

Family Paths, Inc.

Family Paths, Inc. (formerly Parental Stress Service) is a non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provide a number of mental health, counseling and therapy services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families. We are a multicultural agency committed to serving families of Alameda County regardless of age, ethnicity/race, financial status, language, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, religion, gender, mental or physical ability. We have served the mental health needs of children and families since 1972, and currently offer a 24-hour Parent Support Hotline, a 24-hour Foster Parent Advice Line, CalWORKs Case Management, Positive Parenting Classes and counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families.

First Place for Youth

First Place for Youth was founded in 1998 to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness that impacts the lives of thousands of youth exiting the foster care system in California. The mission of First Place for Youth is to help foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. First Place for Youth operates in four Bay Area counties (Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Solano) and, as of 2010, in Los Angeles County. We are now one of the largest providers of housing and wraparound services to this vulnerable population in California, housing 404 foster youth in 2014.

Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Fred Finch Youth & Family Services is a non-profit organization that provides innovative, effective, caring mental health and social services to children, young adults, and their families that allows them to build on their strengths, overcome challenges, and live healthy and productive lives. We serve children, adolescents, young adults, and families facing complex life challenges. We have the experience and cultural competency to serve individuals from all ethnic, age, and gender groups effectively.


Lincoln was founded in 1883 as the region’s first volunteer-run, non-sectarian, and fully integrated orphanage. As times and community needs evolved, Lincoln’s commitment to vulnerable children remained strong. Today Lincoln provides preventative, individualized and comprehensive support services with a focus on three core areas that disrupt cycles of poverty and trauma: Education – Addressing obstacles that impact academic attendance and achievement; Family – Strengthening stability and creating permanency; and Well-Being – Improving resiliency and wellness.

Seneca Family of Agencies

Seneca Family of Agencies sustains children and families through the most difficult times of their lives. In many cases, we are the last hope for young people who have come to see failure and discouragement as a way of life. Here at Seneca, we offer each child a simple but profound promise: You will be supported every step of the way, no matter what challenges you face. By supporting each child and family in identifying and building upon their resources and strengths, we enable them to approach the future with renewed optimism and a stronger sense of the possibilities for creating a new and different story for their lives.

Side by Side (formerly Sunny Hills Services)

Side by Side (formerly Sunny Hills Services) was founded in 1895 as an orphanage in Marin County and has evolved into a regional youth and child welfare agency dedicated to protecting, serving, nurturing, and healing vulnerable children, adolescents, and young adults. Our programs include gang prevention and intervention, support services for foster youth and youth in the juvenile justice system, mental health services, and a special therapeutic educational program. We serve young people in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties and strive to address the needs of underserved children and youth to help them function productively in society.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (EIS)

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is the only independent children’s hospital in Northern California and is designated a Level I pediatric trauma center. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital’s Center for the Vulnerable Child and Early Intervention Services is involved in research and treatment for a variety of children’s health issues, such as pediatric obesity, cancers, sickle cell disease, AIDS/HIV, hemophilia and cystic fibrosis.

WestCoast Children’s Clinic

WestCoast Children’s Clinic is an agency founded on a belief in psychology and community, and a belief in children and their indomitable spirit. It is our job to help our clients believe in themselves, even if they can’t believe in the world around them. We are an agency defined by our community and commitment to children and families. By our belief that every child has a right to grow up knowing they are valued. And if this belief is not reflected to them, it is our job to help them discover who they are, and who they can become. It is our role to help our clients live with more choices, not fewer. To build resources inside themselves. Remove barriers to their growing potential. And help them find their way in the world.