The Caregiver Courier
July 2018
It's That Time Again! Back to School Events!*
Back to School Backpack Event!*

The start of the school year is just around the corner, which means it is time for a new backpack. Come to the back to school event on Thursday, July 26 for a backpack, supplies and important info. Click here for more information and to register.
Back to School with CASA*

CASA's annual back to school event is Sunday, August 5th at Atelier by Square Salon. Come for haircuts, manicures, supplies and fun! Click here to register.
*Please be advised that while these are two separate events, if you receive a backpack for your child at one of these events, that child will not be eligible to receive a backpack at the other. Thank you for your understanding.
Earlier Start to the School Year
Does it seem like the school year is starting earlier than you are used to? Last year was not an aberration, CCSD is once again starting the school year the second week of August. The first day of school is Monday, August 13. Take a look at the full 2018-2019 school year calendar and mark all the days off now.
Double the Choices for Foster Parents' Night Out!
Canyon Ridge Christian Church
Foster Parents' Night Out

What: Foster Parent Night Out
When: 6-9 p.m., Third Friday of each month. Next date: Friday, July 20th, 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).

Upcoming 2018 Dates: July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 21
What Do You Get Out of It?
Being a Foster parent is a tremendous responsibility and help to our community. We understand that with the increased responsibility it is difficult to find regular respite care. In the third Friday of every month, from 6p - 9p. Canyon Ridge Christian Church would like to serve the foster parents of our community by providing free respite care. During that time, we will provide your children and your foster children a fun, safe and nurturing environment so that you can take some time to rest, catch a movie, go out with your spouse and more! Space is limited to a first come, first serve basis. Please drop off your children between 6:00p - 6:30p as the doors will closed after that time for safety purposes. Fill out the registration form below to sign-up today!
Please note - feed your children before drop-off (we will provide snacks, but not dinner) or if desired you and your whole family can join us from 6p - 6:30p for dinner upstairs (most nights it is hamburgers/hot dogs, occasionally pizza) for $3 per person with a $10 maximum per family.
Children ages birth - K will have structured childcare.
Children that are Elementary Age will take part in Celebration Place - a structured program that is part of our Celebrate Recovery.
Grace Point Church Foster Parents' Night Out
 
Grace Point Church is hosting a  FREE   respite program so foster parents can get an occasional night out! Grace Point will offer respite care from 6 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday each month through August 2018.
 
Who: All foster caregivers (licensed, unlicensed, relative, fictive kin)
What: Foster Parents' Night Out
When: 6 - 9 p.m., first Friday each month. Next date: Friday, July 6th, 2018
Where: Grace Point Church, 3794 W. Ann Rd., North Las Vegas
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.)

What Do You Get Out of it?
Make it a "date night," catch a movie, unwind at your favorite coffee shop...whatever you need, it's a little "you" time to use as you choose! During that time, Grace Point will provide a fun, safe and nurturing environment for your children in care as well as your biological children.
 
The full list of upcoming Foster Parents' Night Out evenings includes:July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7. Keep watching the Caregiver Courier for more details and registration information.
Important Payment Changes!!
Effective January 1, 2019, the Department of Family Services will no longer issue paper payment checks to foster/adoptive parents for their placement services and will instead offer direct deposit or a prepaid Visa debit card. All those affected by this change will have until December 3, 2018 to select a new payment method. Read more about the changes here and check out this FAQ for the differences between choosing direct deposit or a prepaid Visa debit card. You can also download the following documents: Prepaid card enrollment form/ Direct deposit enrollment form/ W-9/ 2018 payment calendar.
Foster Care By The Numbers
It is easy to talk about why helping children in the foster care system is so important, but it helps to have some facts to back it up. This infographic will provide you with some numbers to help talk about the needs for children here in Clark County. English/ Spanish
QPI Statewide Conference in Reno!
All of Nevada will be gathering for a statewide QPI conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Reno on July 9th and 10th. The conference will feature incredible speakers and breakout sessions with topics including: preserving placements, thoughtful transitions and fostering relationships through visitations. View the full conference schedule here and register here.
Free Sports Physicals
Hope Christian Health Center will be offering physicals needed for youth to play sports until September 28. Please click on the image for further information and disclaimers. Click here for more information about accepted insurances and locations.
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 July and August training calendar with dates/times/locations here.
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.
DFS to participate in the Federal Child And Family Services Reviews in May and September 2018

As part of the Nevada Continuous Quality Improvement process, Clark County will be participating in Round 3 of the Child & Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) this year. The reviews in Clark County are scheduled in both May and September. CFSRs are completed in partnership with both State and Federal support.
 
CSFRs Enable the Children's Bureau to:
  • Ensure conformity with federal child welfare requirements
  • Determine what is actually happening to children and families as they are engaged in child welfare services
  • Assist states in enhancing their capacity to help children and families achieve positive outcomes.

The CFSRs bring people together who can make a difference in state child welfare systems. Hearing from parents, caregivers and youth about their first-hand experiences is important. Information that parents, caregivers, and youth provide about their experiences helps child welfare agencies make changes to strengthen their work with families.
 
For more information about CFSRs for parents and caregivers click here English | Spanish
For more information about CFSRs for youth click here English | Spanish
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?

Making sure every child living in foster care has a caregiver (foster, relative, fictive and/or adoptive) who provides skilled, nurturing parenting while helping the child maintain connections to his or her family. 

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 Brand

Foster parents nurture children who have experienced trauma and provide a safe, loving and healing environment in which the children can thrive. They are parenting partners who honor and support family relationships. Foster parents are dedicated, informed and committed advocates for children. They are instrumental and fully supported members of the child and family team. Great foster parents make a difference for children and families in our community

Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Join a QPI Workgroup Today
As a caregiver, we know you have ideas for improvements in child welfare that you'd like to share with decision makers. Now is your chance. Get involved with the Quality Parenting Initiative and join one of our six workgroups:
  • Training: Meets the second Tuesday of each month
  • Recruitment: Meets the first Wednesday of each month
  • Community Partnerships: Meets the third Tuesday of each month
  • Support & Retention: Meets the third Thursday of each month
  • Communications: Meets the third Friday of each month
  • Child Welfare: Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month
Within these workgroups, child welfare professionals, community partners and caregivers convene monthly to develop solutions to issues they face every day. Your input can make the difference in the lives of children and families in Clark County.
  
Click here  for more information about QPI training, initiatives and workgroups. 
 
Click here  to complete the workgroup interest form.
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