CARI Class Listing

Community Action to Reach out to Infants (CARI)

Spring 2022 is online

Sponsored by Chabot College FKCE and Alameda County Social Services

Alameda County Foster parents will learn about parenting young children and children with special medical needs. Eligible parents who complete the series will receive 48 hours of respite care**

If you are a foster parent in Alameda County who intends to complete the series

*All classes are online via Zoom*

To satisfy certification requirements for the Spring 2022 semester, learning events must be completed by Saturday, March 26, 2022

Welcome and Introduction
Saturday, 2/5/2022; 9am-12pm
RSVP HERE (RSVP by 1/31)
Welcome and Resources: This first session will be an introduction to CARI. Participants will receive an overview of the series, goals, and rewards for participation. Participants will also hear from key resources and supports for caregivers. Maintaining Documents: Children in care have extensive files with
important medical, educational, and case-related documents. Learn to organize and maintain documents for easy access and coordinated care.

Attachment & Bonding
Saturday, 2/5; 1pm-4pm
RSVP HERE (RSVP by 1/31)
A study of the initial ties that develop between newborn babies and their
mothers will be explored. The physical survival and social development thread
related to nurturance and forming human attachment will be discussed. A group learning activity will be included to support learning practice.

Special Medical Needs
Saturday, 2/12; 9am-12pm
Exploration of the medical/developmental/emotional problems of children affected by drugs and alcohol will be examined. Students will discuss common medical problems of children affected by drugs and alcohol. Additionally, the complex role of care providers for children who are affected by drugs and alcohol and the access to support services for care providers will be

Saturday, 2/12; 1-4pm
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Students will explore the meaning of co-dependency. Identify symptoms of co- dependent behaviors and will use self-reflection to examine how co-dependent people behave. Compassion fatigue theory will be reviewed to support student learning.

Training Schedule

Loss & Grief
Wednesday, 2/16; 6-9pm

Investigation of Loss and Grief experiences of children and adults who are living with the effects of trauma and separation from birth families will be explored.
Students will develop an understanding of behavior triggers. Discussion will include analysis of the loss and grief stages.

Infant Stimulation
Wednesday, 2/23; 6-9pm
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Supportive techniques and child development strategies will be examined to help parents understand the importance of infant stimulation. Baby massage, color and face and touch exploration along with music and sound enhancements will be included.

Expectation & Milestones
Saturday, 3/5; 9am-12pm
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Developmental nurturance, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth areas will be examined. Students will learn about the impact of trauma and infant-child development. Constructive play and child development theory will be discussed.

History & Theory of Drug
Saturday, 3/5; 1-4pm
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Exploration of addiction behavior theory though discussion and inquiry of issues related to birth parents and care providers will be examined. Socio-emotional and socio-economic dynamics will be reviewed. Students will engage in group learning activities and focus on healthy family behavior patterns.

Wednesday, 3/9; 6-9pm

The history of farm food and nutrition will be studied to understand healthy eating and planning. Discussion includes measurement chart review, simple healthy snacks and drinks, seasonal guide to fruit and vegetables, and smart balanced meals to grab and go. Calorie choices and child eating preferences included.

HIV/AIDS Awareness
Saturday, 3/12; 9am-12pm

The trends and health experiences of children and adults will be analyzed using Center for Disease Control and Alameda County Public Health data. Students will learn the difference between AIDS, HIV, and STDs which impact healthy child development. 

Understanding Learning Disabilities
Saturday, 3/12; 1-4pm

Medically Fragile factors that impede or delay growth and development will be explored and discussed as students examine how certain factors shape the adults who exposed children may become. In-vitro and specific cognitive development will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on maximizing a child’s well-being and positive development.

Self-Care, Universal Precaution, Bloodborne Pathogens, Closing
Saturday, 3/19; 9am-1pm

Self-Care: Providing care for little ones is difficult. How are you taking care of yourself? This interactive session will teach self-care strategies for caregivers to help them remain healthy, balanced, and energized.
Universal Precaution and Bloodborne Pathogens: Learn to prevent the transmis- sion of pathogens and disease.

CARI Retreat (Counts for CARI Credit)
Saturday, 3/26; 8:45am - 1:00pm 

Re-Connect. Re-Engage. Re-Center. At this fun and relaxing online retreat, caregivers will learn about and practice self-care. Parent Advocates will share strategies for communicating with birth families. Caregivers who complete the retreat will receive a goody bag of gifts. ONLINE