The Caregiver Courier
June 2019
National Reunification Month!
June is recognized as National Reunification Month. This is a month when we celebrate and recognize all the efforts to make sure our families are able to stay together and children being able to return to their biological parents.

1,300 children were reunified with their families in 2018.
Back to School Party: Registration is Open!
The back to school party will be on Sunday, August 4 at Square Color Salon & Spa. You will be able to choose to attend one of three sessions on that day.

Please note: If you are unable to attend the event, you will be able to pick up a backpack and supplies at Peggy's Attic the week following the event, August 5-9.

Peggy's Attic Celebrates a Decade of Back to School Parties!

We would like to recognize and thank Peggy's Attic for being involved with back to school parties for 10 years and counting! All that has been done for children in care over the past decade would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the staff of Peggy's Attic!
Sesame Street Meets Karli!
Coinciding with National Foster Care Month, the Sesame Street in Communities initiative debuted a new muppet named Karli, who is in the foster care system. The initiative also developed resources for caregivers to help support children navigate foster care. Thank you Sesame Street! You can check out the resources here.
Foster Care 101
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There can be a lot of questions when it comes to being a foster parent. This blog post provides some basic pointers for foster parents from foster parents, a social worker and a CPS employee.

NACAC Conference Scholarships Available!
Good news for anyone wanting to attend the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Conference in July! There are a limited number of scholarships available to help cover some of the cost of attendance. Learn more about the scholarship and how to apply here.
CountMeIn.Vegas
In an effort to engage even more of the community when it comes to caring for our children, the Department of Family Services has launched a new website, CountMeIn.Vegas. The purpose of this new site is to help people find ways to say "Count Me In!", even if they aren't ready to be foster parents just yet.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension:
Parenting Programs
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is the outreach unit of the University of Nevada Reno that brings our community information to solve problems and deal with critical issues. Our more than 200 personnel (with the help of volunteers) deliver non-degree, educational programs to our community. Among them, Partners in Parenting team has been providing parenting education programs for parents/caregivers to promote positive parenting and child health and development, thereby preventing child abuse and other poor childhood outcomes. Our passionate instructors are dedicated to providing a fun and engaging program where parents and children learn together. All of our programs and workshops are available in English and Spanish and families can enjoy hands-on activities together. When available, we provide free books or materials. Our classes are held at CCSD schools, libraries, community centers, and many more locations.

You can learn more here and see the schedule of classes here.
Updates from CSG!

The Children's Service Guild (CSG) made sure that a fun spring was had by children in care. CSG hosted a a party, which included an appearance by the Easter Bunny. They also helped sponsor another egg hunt for children in care. You can read more about their busy spring here.
Summer Activities 2019!

Summer vacation is here! There are many activities in the community during the summer for the whole family!

Click  here to view some of these summertime suggestions.
Quality Parenting Standards for Foster Homes: Placement
The next highlighted section of the Quality Parenting Standards deals with placement and works to help caregivers understand what they can do to help a child feel more comfortable in their new environment and also describes many of the common behaviors these children may exhibit.

The section also goes over the process of how a child gets placed in a home and some of the rules and regulations around that placement.

If you want to read more, you can do so by clicking here and going to the section titled "Placement".
Upcoming Conferences!
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 June 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.
Important CCSD Dates!
While it might be summer break, we want to make sure you keep that first day of the next school year in mind!

  • Monday, August 12:
Classes Begin

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, July 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, June 21, 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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Las Vegas, NV 89106