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Kinship, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association (KAFPA)

Child Abuse Reporting during the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the immense pressure this current pandemic places on some of our most vulnerable communities, the Department of Family and Children's Services is encouraging Santa Clara County Residents to be the advocates for youth who may be experiencing trauma, in the forms of abuse and/or neglect. Please watch and share the videos linked below and help support the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.


Child Abuse Awareness Videos – COVID-19 Series


Child Abuse Awareness during the Shelter in Place - Public Service Announcements (PSA)


Child Abuse Reporting Tip Sheets


Mandated Reporter Training

The Santa Clara County Department of Family Children’s Services in partnership with Seneca Family of Agencies provides FREE on demand and monthly Mandated Reporter trainings (virtual/in-person) in English or Spanish. Agencies may also request to host separately, please contact SantaClaraMRT@senecacenter.org or call (510) 654-4004 for further information. The Mandated Reporter Training is 3 hours, available for Santa Clara County Mandated Reporters only and CEU’s are provided. Check out the Mandated Reporting Training Information Flyer concerning the classes or register here and choose "Eligible Participant" to scroll for class times/dates.

Child Mandated Reporter 3- CEs-General Info Flyer
General Flyer for MRT Seneca 2019


The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) also provides free 24/7 self-paced Mandated Reporter training online in English and Spanish.

Mandated Reporters should check with their employment agency before registering to ensure trainings satisfy employment requirements.

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The Kinship, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association center was founded in 2002 by a large grant from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The KAFPA resource center is run by the Santa Clara County Kinship, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association (KAFPA).

The KAFPA mission is to work as one to provide resources and stand up for the needs of kinship, adoptive and foster families in Santa Clara County. KAFPA is Northern California’s largest kinship, adoptive, and foster parent group, and mostly volunteer run non-profit. The KAFPA resource center gives families a space for meetings, trainings and support groups. It also has resource information on things from legal aid to summer camps. They also provide education and training, family and youth programs, and resource coordination. We also conduct policy advocacy for all families through community engagement. We secure many partnerships to ensure that we provide the best of services to this crucial community of parents in Santa Clara County.

Membership is open to all and there is a small fee. Membership consists of foster, adoptive and relative caregivers, professionals, parents, social workers, community members, and anyone who has an interest in care giving and foster care. Annual memberships start on July 1st of each year and ends on June 30th of the following year. Newly approved resource families receive a year of free membership to KAFPA. You do not have to be a member to participate in some of the events and services that occur during the year.

Some other opportunities/resources through KAFPA are:

Leadership:

  • Community advisory committee
  • Latino Parent committee
  • South County committee

Services:

  • Child supervision for DFCS
  • CATS: Free Event tickets
  • Clothing closet

Youth Engagement:

  • Guitars not guns
  • Back to school drive
  • Turning wheels (bike drive)
  • Operation Santa (toy drive)
  • My New Red Shoes

Family Engagement:

  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Day of the Child
  • Grand Family Day
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Adoption Day
  • Christmas in the Park

Locations:

San Jose Resource Center:
373 W. Julian St. San Jose, CA 95110.2nd building, 1st floor. Phone - (408) 501-6365

Gilroy Satellite Office @ Gilroy Family Resource Center (GFRC):
7933 Wren Ave., Gilroy, CA 95020. Phone - (408) 683-1223
Hours: Mondays-Thursdays: 9am-4pm and Fridays: 9am-3pm.

To get more information please call/email:
Resource Center Director - Denise Marchu, (408) 501-6369
Resource Parent advocate – Susan Steele, (408) 501-6365
resourcecenter@kafpa.org
kafpa.org

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Last updated: 9/1/2020 9:50 AM