The Caregiver Courier
January 2019
Looking Forward to 2019!

The new year brings a chance to focus on new resolutions. 2019 brings another opportunity to effect change in our community.

We are so grateful to all those who continue to include strengthening the families of Clark County as one of their goals.
Become a CASA Volunteer
There is more than one way to help a child in need. One way is to become a volunteer with CASA to help advocate on behalf of Clark County's foster children. Click here to read a CASA volunteer's first hand experience and learn more!
Angel Tree Celebration
Thank you to all who came out and made the Angel Tree celebration another huge success! The children had an amazing time meeting Santa, playing games and receiving gifts. More than 2900 children received gifts this year!

A special shout-out to CASA and Breakthru Beverage for going above and beyond to make this event amazing year after year!

You can view photos of the event here.
Quality Parenting Standards for Foster Homes
We know being a foster parent can come with a lot of questions. The Department of Family Services put together this helpful guide which strives to provide general information, guidelines and answer some of your questions.

Each month we will highlight a different section here in The Caregiver Courier. For this month, we are highlighting the entire manual and encourage you to check it out here!
When We Work Together...
The Department of Family Services knows that to keep families strong and safe, everyone needs to come to the table. That means birth parents working in unison with foster parents. Over this past holiday season, we received a story of a foster parent working to ensure her children's birth parents were able to make lasting holiday memories.

Read about it here.
Caring for LGBTQ Youth Webinar Opportunity

Wednesday, February 6th at 2 pm PT
Foster and adoptive parents are an extremely diverse community of people with one thing in common: the desire to love, nurture and care for children and youth. Many parents may not realize that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in foster care and are at higher risks of rejection and harm while in care. This webinar will first explain key terms and concepts that all foster/adoptive parents need to know in order to better understand LGBTQ youth. Research on the importance of providing affirming homes for these youth, as well as concrete tips for how to be affirming will then be presented.

Presentará el Miércoles, Marzo 6 a las 12:30 p.m. PT
Los padres adoptivos y de cuidado temporal forman una comunidad extremadamente diversa de personas con un denominador común: el deseo de amar, educar y cuidar a los niños(as) y jóvenes. Es posible que muchos padres no se den cuenta de que jóvenes LGBTQ están representados de manera inexacta en los hogares de cuidado temporal y tienen un mayor riesgo de rechazo y daño durante este cuidado. Este seminario en línea explicará los términos y conceptos clave que todos los padres de cuidado temporal y adoptivos deben conocer para comprender mejor a la juventud LGBTQ. A continuación, se hará una presentación sobre la investigación que estudia la importancia de proporcionar hogares afirmativos para estos jóvenes, así como consejos concretos sobre cómo apoyarles.
Foster Change Holiday Celebration
Our partners at Foster Change had an amazing time celebrating the holiday season. There were toys, hot chocolate and even an appearance by Santa! You can see photos here.

You can learn more about Foster Change events by going to its website: http://www.fosterchangecc.org/
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, January 21:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
No School

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, February 1, 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, January 18, 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
702-455-5444 |   http://tinyurl.com/my66nkm
121 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89106