The Caregiver Courier
April 2019
Spring Celebration Registration!


There is still time to register for the Spring Egg Hunt! The event will be held on April 18 at Links for Life Park.

Don't miss your chance to register and join us for another fun event!

RSVP here!
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to remember that we can each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our community. To help promote this reminder, Prevent Child Abuse America and local chapters nationwide use the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.

The pinwheel is an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve. We want to reinforce the notion that healthy child development serves as a foundation for community development. 

For more information, please visit the  National PCA Pinwheels Website.
Movie in the Park!

Join Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore for a movie in the park on Friday, April 5 to watch the Incredibles 2! The screening is free and open to the public.They will also be accepting donations for Peggy's Attic. Click on the photo above for more details.
National Sibling Day!

Join St. Jude's in celebrating National Sibling Day at Tivoli Village. There will be carnival games, music, food and more to celebrate and support the preservation of sibling bonds. Click here for more info!
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Where We Go, You Go

With summer just around the corner, preparations for vacations are underway. We know it is better for the well-being of any foster child in your home to be included in the travel of your family. Read about the normalcy promoted by foster parent Patricia Nordstrom, and a recent family vacation she went on,  here .
Summer Camps!

The weather is getting warmer and baseball season is underway, which means summer is coming soon! Now is the perfect time to look at summer camps around the county and see which works best for you! You can view various options here.
Straight Talk About Child Sexual Abuse:
A Prevention Guide for Parents
Every parent is concerned about keeping their children safe from those who might sexually abuse or exploit them. This "Straight Talk" Guide will give you the information and skills you need to strengthen safety within your family and community and reduce the risks of sexual abuse.

If you've been putting off talking to your kids because you feel you don't know enough, don't know what to say, or how to approach the subject, the Enough Abuse Campaign is here to help. Armed with this booklet, you can confidently help your child grow up safe and free from sexual abuse and its devastating consequences.

You can view the booklet  here.
New Child Welfare Podcast Coming Soon
COMING SOON: Just in time for National Foster Care Month! A new way to podcast. Part music. Part talk show. ALL entertainment. Welcome to The Daily JAM! Jamole Callahan, Adrian McLemore and Michael Sanders join forces to take on a roller coaster ride of understanding one of the most misunderstood populations in our society: Teenagers! A special focus is given to foster parents to help you understand and better connect with your teens. Please sign up at  www.the220exp.com to get more information on the podcast.
2019 Camp To Belong Applications Now Being Accepted!
Applications are now open for Camp to Belong. Camp to Belong is available to any separated siblings. Campers candidates must be 8 years or older to apply.

Camp to Belong will be held June 9-14. There are no fees to attend Camp to Belong – our generous donors pay for all room, board, meals, transportation and activities.
 
Any questions about Camp to Belong please call 702.436.1624 ext 220 or email Knelson@stjudesranch.org .

All paperwork must be completed and submitted by April 8, 2019.

You can view the application here .
Family Support Groups
Did you know there are a variety of support groups available monthly for foster, kinship and adoptive families? Foster Change has compiled all these wonderful resources into one useful guide. You can view this list here.
Quality Parenting Standards for Foster Homes - Rights and Responsibilities
Becoming a foster parent is never something done lightly. It requires a dedication to care for our community's children who have experienced trauma.

With all of this comes responsibilities that are expectations of the foster parents when caring for these children and rights that the children have while in a foster home.

All of this is listed to help set expectations early to maintain an open and good relationship between all the parties involved. If you want to read more, you can do so by clicking here and going to the section titled "Rights and Responsibilities".
Upcoming Conferences!
6th Annual
QPI National Conference
April 29-May 1, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
Learn more here.
National Foster Parent Association
Annual Conference
June 12 - June 15, 2019
Anaheim, CA
Learn more here.
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Annual Conference
July 17 - July 20, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
Learn more here.
Foster Parent Training Calendar
Foster parents are required to complete 12 hours of training in 2019. There are many trainings each month you can attend to satisfy this requirement.

You can view the April training calendar with dates/times/locations  here .
Online Training Spotlight:
Recognizing and Report Child Abuse and Neglect*

Did you know that you can take “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” training online at no cost? This training provides detailed information for Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Sponsor:   University of Nevada Cooperative Extension - Las Vegas
Type of Training:   Internet Course
Contact Info:   Cathryn Peshlakai    Phone  : (702) 257-5561
No Charge         Hours:   2
Registration Info:   Visit  https://campus.extension.org  and create an account. After your account is established, search by title of the course. Content in this course is designed to simulate a two-hour face to face training. All sections and videos must be viewed completely and in sequential order to meet The Nevada Registry course requirement. Upon successful completion, a certificate will be available for printing.
Core Knowledge Area:   Health, Nutrition & Safety
Training Summary:   This online training will teach child care providers the definitions and indicators of child abuse and neglect. Topics include: How to recognize and report abuse, how to respond to a disclosure, what happens when you report and child care program policies that help keep children safe and dealing with stress.
Upcoming CCSD
Days Off!
The Caregiver Courier would like to offer friendly reminders of upcoming school holidays/days off (based on the Clark County School District 9-month Calendar)

  • Monday, April 15-Friday, April 19 NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
  • Please note there is school on Monday, April 22

For more CCSD calendar information, click   here
Like DFS on Facebook
The Department of Family Services is now on Facebook. You can find the page by clicking here.

The focus of the page is to reach more potential foster parents in new and unique ways and continue to educate the community on how they can support our children in need. Go ahead and give it a like.
Foster Parents' Night Out!
Grace Point Church and Canyon Ridge Christian Church are both hosting a  FREE  respite program so foster parents can get an occasional night out! 

Grace Point offers respite care from 6 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
Canyon Ridge offers respite care from 6 - 9 p.m. on the third Friday of each month.
Grace Point Church Foster Parents' Night Out
 
What: Foster Parents' Night Out

When: 6 - 9 p.m., First Friday of each month.

Next date: Friday, April 5, 2019

Where: Grace Point Church
3794 W. Ann Rd., North Las Vegas

Who: All foster caregivers (licensed, unlicensed, relative, fictive kin)

How to register:   Click here .(Registration closes two days before the event and opens the Saturday after each event for the following month's event.)
Canyon Ridge Christian Church
Foster Parents' Night Out

What: Foster Parents' Night Out

When: 6-9 p.m., Third Friday of each month.

Next date: Friday, April 19, 2019

Where: Canyon Ridge Christian Church
Lone Mountain Campus – Base Camp
6200 West Lone Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89130

Who: All foster caregivers (licensed, unlicensed, relative, fictive kin)
How to register: Click here . (registration closed the second Friday of each month opens the Monday after each event for the following month).
Foster One Recruit One

The greatest tool to recruit new foster parents...are current foster parents.

Clark County DFS wants to help you host a recruitment party. We will provide the information and refreshments, all we need from you is a location and a minimum of five (5) potential foster parents confirmed to attend.

Do you want to be next!? See this flyer for more information.
Foster Care Information Sessions!

There is always a need for more foster families in Clark County. The first step is to attend one of the many information sessions offered all across Clark County.

If you know someone who has been thinking of becoming a foster resource, click on the picture to see the full schedule of information sessions and help them take that first step.
Join Foster Change
Caring for a child is one of the most important things a person can do. Caring for a child who is not your own requires a special kind of dedication. There are many children in Southern Nevada who are unable to remain in their homes. Families who open their homes and hearts to these children are committed to improving their lives and their futures. Foster Change is committed to those families. 

We are proud to be the foster and adoptive family association in Southern Nevada. For just $20/year, we offer monthly community connection groups, parents' nights out, family events, educational opportunities, play dates, and free car seat and CPR/first aid training. Many of our events include free childcare and meals. We also work together to advocate for support for all foster and adoptive families in Nevada. We look forward to meeting your family! 

For more information, please contact Foster Change program manager Sandy Vargas at (702) 970-4546 or by email at Sandy@FosterChangeCC.org . Visit us at www.FosterChangeCC.org or  https://www.facebook.com/FosterChangeVegas
10 Ways to Support Foster Children in Clark County

We are so appreciative of all the amazing people who have opened their homes to become foster parents.

However, becoming a foster parent is not the only way to help a child in need.

We have compiled a list of 10 ways you can support foster children in Clark County. Check out the full list: English/ Spanish
Entrenamiento en Español

There's a new feature on the QPI Nevada Just in Time training website! There is now a button (Entrenamiento en Español) on the homepage. This button directs caregivers to a new page that features a link to the "Trainings in Spanish" topic in the video library and the Spanish version of the FAQ document.

Click here  to see the new button or go directly to the following website here:  http://www.qpinevada.org/pages/enEspanol.html

Para entrenamientos en español,  haga clic aquí .
What is QPI?

Building quality relationships through support and partnership for the well-being and support of our children.

Enhance Your Skills

Various trainings are offered in the community to help enhance caregivers' capacity to parent. Please click on the links below to learn more about exciting training opportunities from which you can benefit. 

The QPI Clark County Values
  • Children do best in families
  • Engaging our community
  • Supporting & strengthening families
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