The Caregiver Courier
December 2018
Last Chance: Register for Angel Tree Celebration Today!
The Angel Tree Celebration is almost here! Help ensure the children in your care are able to attend and enjoy this wonderful holiday celebration!


Remember, only children with an open DFS case are eligible to receive gifts. The registration deadline is Friday, December 7, 2018.
December Events
With the holiday season in full swing, there are plenty of events to participate in. Here are just a couple of suggestions of what is going on around the valley in December.
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Where We Go, You Go
When traveling for the holidays, it is important to not forget the children in your home. We know it is better for the well-being of the children in your home to be involved in traditions and travel of your family. Read about the normalcy promoted by foster parent Patricia Nordstrom, and a recent family vacation she went on, here.
Thank You MGM!
We want to extend a special thanks to Flo Lee, and the rest of her MGM team, who worked to gather gifts for our community's children and families in need. This amazing team was able to help more than 100 children and their families during this holiday season.
Golden Knights Skate Party
In partnership with the CASA Foundation, the Vegas Golden Knights held a private skate party for more than 100 children in care. The youth had a chance to skate with Golden Knights players and arts and crafts activities.See some photos from the event here.

Thank you to the Vegas Golden Knights for this amazing opportunity.
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, December 24 - Friday, January 4: Winter Break, No School

For more CCSD calendar information, click   here
National Adoption Month
As we end our celebration of National Adoption Month, we are so grateful for those who opened their hearts and homes to more than 500 children this past year.

On November 15 alone, we finalized and celebrated the adoption of 48 children here in Clark County.

Thank you to all who have dedicated themselves to our children by adopting.
'Tis the Season for Stress
Shopping, decorating, traveling...the holidays can be wonderful AND stressful! It's enough to make any parent reach his or her breaking point.
 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Anne-Marie Abruscato of UNLV provides some great tips for foster parents to have a memorable, happy, and stress-free holiday season. 

Click  here  to read more. 
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.
DFS Training Calendar
Foster parents are required to complete 12 hours of training in 2018. There are many trainings each month you can attend to satisfy this requirement.
You can view the December training calendar with dates/times/locations here.
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, December 7, 2018

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, December 21, 2018

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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