Quarter 4 2018| October 24, 2018
Foster Kinship Holiday Connection
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Foster Kinship News
A Note from Ali

As the end of 2018 nears, Foster Kinship has some BIG news to share. We are beginning our process of expanding our services STATEWIDE! This means that soon we will be able to provide our targeted information, referral, case management, advocacy and support to all counties in Nevada, not just Clark. This has been a dream of mine since I founded Foster Kinship in 2011, and so I am thrilled that we will soon be able to assist any child in kinship care in our wonderful state! We so are grateful for the support we have received from Clark County Department of Family Services and we look forward to partnering with the rest of the state!

September 2018 was kinship month, and it was so special. Not only did the state of Nevada proclaim September 2018 as Kinship Month, but Clark County also honored kinship families and Foster Kinship with a proclamation. We had a HUGE party for kinship families at our office, and celebrated the end of the month with another kinship family party at Glowzone.

Our first ever United Way Day of Caring Kinship Swap Meet was also a success! We hope to do it again next year and thank you all for participating!

Finally, I can hardly believe it is nearly the holiday season- again! Foster Kinship gears up to ensure that kinship families do not have to stress around the holidays and can just focus on celebrating with their families. We are blessed to have many community partners and individuals who step up to ensure that no child goes without!

Read below to find out about how you can connect with us this holiday season or find ways to give back! If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out to me directly- Ali@FosterKinship.org.

Hope to see you at an upcoming event, or around the office in the next two months! Happy (early) Holidays to all, an thank you for being #KinshipStrong!

Ali Caliendo, Executive Director
Kinship Navigator Program
Family Advocates
Nani Garrett - Manager
Leah Dods
Sandy Vargas
Anntesha Chesterton

Our wonderful Family Advocates are always available by appointment Monday through Friday 10 AM to 4 PM to help with completing guardianship, application assistance such as Child-Only TANF, SNAP, and Medicaid. And to provide you with a number of community resources. Please give us a call 702-546-9988.
Kinship Support Group
Please do not forget we have kinship-only support group on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 PM. We provide free child care and dinner! Come meet other caregivers and enjoy dinner with us! Our last regular support group of the year will be Tuesday, November 11th at 6:00 PM at 4344 W Cheyenne, 89032.

Our December kinship support group is going to be open house style HOLIDAY PARTY with cookie decorating for the kids, and maybe even a visit from Santa. We will have a LOCATION CHANGE for the December Meeting- please park near Peggy's Attic (701 N Pecos- enter off Bonanza).

REGISTER HERE or call (702) 546-9988.

If you can't make it, we also have a closed group on Facebook just for Nevada Kinship Caregivers. Request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NVKinshipCaregivers/
Holiday Events!!
The Evening Members of the Mesquite Women's Club are holding a Holiday Auction that benefits Foster Kinship, on Friday November 16th at 5:30 PM. 702 E. St. Louis Ave, Las Vegas 89104.

Tickets are $20 per person and include appetizers, drinks, dinner, access to a live auction, and a stellar gift basket raffle. We have seen the gift baskets and they are plentiful and amazing! Come and get lucky on your Christmas shopping while giving back to Foster Kinship!

Cant make it? That's OK! You can still enter to win the BIG raffle by purchasing raffle tickets at our office for $ 2 per ticket to be entered to win one of three prizes: 1. Four Tickets to Disneyland, 2. A $500 Gift Card to Home Depot, OR 3. $400 CASH!! You do NOT need to be in attendance at the party to win the raffle!!

Please come by the office to purchase your tickets to the event or to purchase raffle tickets.
Foster Kinship will be handing out boxes of food for the thanksgiving meal and a gift card for a Turkey on Sunday, November 18th at 10:00 AM at 4344 W Cheyenne, 89032. Please call to reserve: (702) 546-9988.

If you would like to sponsor a family for Thanksgiving, please contact our office and we will provide a list for shopping and a box! Don't have time to shop? Donate and we will do the shopping for you! You can also donate via Facebook .
Our Holiday Gift Request list is open- please request for the children in your today. If we are able to match you with a donor, gift pick up will be Sunday, December 16th 10 AM- 4 PM at 4344 W Cheyenne. MAKE A HOLIDAY WISH TODAY

If you would like to sponsor a child, please call 702-546-9988 or email Ali@FosterKinship.org.
Kinship Outreach Program
Kinship Advocacy Network (K.A.N.) Meetings

These are meetings of dedicated kinship caregiver advocates to discuss a policy change agenda for kinship families in Nevada. Oftentimes laws and policies feel unfair towards kinship families. If you are interested in working towards positive change for kinship families in Nevada, please join us!
Upcoming Kinship Advocacy Network Meetings:

  • November 30th 1:30-3:30
  • December 21st 1:30-3:30
If you would like to join, but can’t be here in person we have an online conference line you can join!  https://www.uberconference.com/fosterkinship . C ontact Anntesha Chesterton to RSVP and pin to join at  Anntesha@fosterkinship.org

REGISTER HERE or call (702) 546-9988
Community Partner Spotlight: Futons 4 Less and Nirvana Beds

One of the biggest needs kinship families face is beds for everyone in the home! Futons 4 Less has been partnering with Foster Kinship for years, providing a great deal on twin size mattress sets, frame and delivery.

Now, Nirvana Bed is taking it one step farther, giving a bed away to a child in kinship care for every bed purchased! Please share this link ( www.fosterkinship.org/nirvana ) with anyone who is looking to purchase a bed and one will be donated back to a family in our Kinship Navigator Program!
Training Program
Kinship Licensing Classes

We continue to offer Kinship Licensing classes for all caregivers caring for a relative placed with them by Department of Family Services.

If you have any questions about the specific licensing class schedule, view our website for a monthly schedule of class here , please call Foster Kinship, or speak with your DFS kinship licensing technician. 
CPR & Car Seat Classes
CPR/AED/First Aid is required for all caregivers and non-primaries going through the DFS licensing process.

Car Seat is required for caregivers caring for children in DFS care six years old or younger. If you are unsure, speak with your licensing technician.

There is no child care for these free classes.

Space is limited, please call the Foster Kinship office to register: 702-546-9988. 
Servicios en Espanol
Meet the Manager
Sandy Vargas, Program Support Manager and Spanish Speaking Family Advocate

For two years, Sandy was a fictive kin caregiver and she understands the legal and financial obstacles informal families can face. Sandy provides bilingual case management services to Spanish speaking kinship families and is a notary public, certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, and CPR/First Aid/AED instructor. Sandy also provides administrative and financial oversight for the organization. Sandy can be reached at Sandy@FosterKinship.org. 
Si usted necesita asistencia con su aplicación de licencia por favor comuníquese con Sandy Vargas al 702-546-9988. Estoy a su disposición de martes a Sábado.
Tenemos grupo de apoyo cada segundo martes del mes a las 6:00 pm en Foster Kinship 4344 W. Cheyenne Ave, North Las Vegas, NV 89032. Usted puede conocer más personas que están pasando por la misma situación que usted. Tenemos guarderia para sus niños(as) y servimos cena.
En Foster Kinship puede hacer una cita para asistencia con sus formas para Tutela (Guardianship). Muchas veces familias se quedan con la responsabilidad de cuidar a un pariente y necesitan ayuda con el proceso de Tutela y saber que recursos hay para un Cuidador Pariente (Kinship Caregiver). Si usted necesita asistencia con formas de Tutela, llame al 702-546-9988 y pregunte por Sandy. 
QPI Nevada es un entrenamiento vía computadora que va ser parte de sus requisitos para obtener la licencia. Puede utilizar el enlace donde indica oprime para hacerlo en su computadora (no se recomienda utilizar celular). Si usted necesita asistencia con la computadora le invitamos a que venga al entrenamiento de grupo que será el 21 de Junio de 6 a 9 pm. Tenemos guardería de niños para este evento. Por favor llame a Sandy 702-546-9988 para inscribirse. Si necesita utilizar una computadora puede hacer una cita de Martes-Sábado para ver los videos. 

 Si usted necesita tomar clases de RCP o Silla de Seguridad de Auto, por favor revise los tiempos anotados en la sección Training Corner. Revise las fechas y llame al 702-546-9988 para inscribirse a la clase puede preguntar por Michelle o Sandy si necesita asistencia en español. Estas clases no tienen guardería de niños. Favor de planificar su clase de acuerdo a su cuidadora de niños o si tiene pareja ustedes pueden alternar clases. Agradecemos su cooperación con las reglas.
Childcare Corner- FUN Holiday Crafts
How cute is this idea- an ornament that also captures how little (or big) they are this year! Click HERE to get the printable instructions.
Thank you to our 2018 Donors!!

Simona Johnson, Scott and Liza Ozborne, Roann Zahn, Helen Neill, Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Inc, Together we Rise, Leap Gen, The James E and Beverly Rogers Educational Foundation, Bank of America, Engelstad Family Foundation, Christine Worrell, Lorene and Steven Craver, Patrick Stiff, Michael Salvatori*, Bob O'Donnell, Marcie O'Donnell*, Michelle McGuire*, Michele Howser*, Anthem Community Church, Alexander Dawson School, Dorina Goetz, Susan Parsons, Jackie Giddy, Jill Irvine, Pamela Convertino, Lynn Collins, Cashman Family Foundation, Linda Newill, Nevada Community Foundation- Cox Workplace Giving Fund, Savers, My Stuff Bags, 2018 NV Big Give Donors, Joe Bluhm, G. Alex Foundation, Tina Morgan, Teressa Finley, Mary Laubscher, United Way, Disneyland, Victoria Tatlow, Shirley Kely, TGIG LLC, Girl Scout Troop 659, National Charity League of Green Valley, Darling Tennis Center, Chantal Truman, Joanne and Michael Cate 2010 Trust, Walmart, Ed Song, Michelle Nichols, Amy Morales,Jim Meservey, Narine Yenovkian, Starbucks, Jennifer Jones, Denise Parker, Alice Herrara, Pamela Bowman, Bianca McCall, Peggy Green, Ronne Saggio

*Current Monthly Giver
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