The Caregiver Courier
March 2019
Spring Celebration Registration!

Springtime is almost here. That means it is time for the 2019 Egg Hunt sponsored by Foster Change! This year's event will be held on April 18 at Links for Life Park.

We are looking forward to another great event with activities, snacks and more!

RSVP here!
Recruitment Survey: DFS Needs Your Help!
The DFS recruitment team is always out in the community looking for new and wonderful ways to engage those who want to our children and families in need, but they need you!

DFS knows foster parents are involved in our community, whether that be service organizations, a faith-based community or other community groups. Many of these groups are willing to help the children and families of our community, but just need to be connected to the right resource.

If you belong to one of these groups and believe they would be interested in helping our community's foster children, the recruitment team asks that you fill out this survey so they can connect with these wonderful community partners.
Keeping Siblings Together!

Nationally, two-thirds of children in care have a sibling in care. Separating a child from their siblings is an additional trauma to the trauma of being removed from their home. Here in Clark County, we work hard to ensure that these sibling bonds stay intact. Learn more about the crisis facing siblings in care and why taking placement of siblings makes a large impact in this video from Washington state.
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!
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.
Spring Break is just around the corner! Have you arranged plans for the week yet? Don't worry! Clark County Parks and Recreation has day camps for the entire week. Learn more about them, including how to register your children, by clicking 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 - Who Makes Up The Foster Care Team?
You may have never thought about it before, but the foster care team is quite large and full of different partners in the community.

The team can include the birth parent, foster parent, judges, permanency specialist and other community partners.

Of course, the list above does not include everyone. If you want to read more about those who are there to help a child in care, you can do so by clicking here and going to the section titled "The Foster Care Team".
Just in Time Training Tips!
We want to make sure you are successful in completing the online training you need! So we have a compiled a couple of helpful tips that will make sure your use of Just in Time Training is as hassle-free as possible. Click here to review these tips!
Independent Living Update
With the 2019 Legislative Session well underway, youth from FAAYT are getting the chance to travel to Carson City and meet with legislators about the issues important to them.This will be a great chance for the youth to be engaged with their local political system.

Read more about it  here .
Mad Money Event
The Independent Living unit is also excited to be bringing Mad City Money to our foster youth ages 14-18! The event on Friday, March 29, will be an opportunity to learn financial skills such as creating a budget, saving for emergencies and minimizing debt! Youth may sign-up by reaching out their IL worker. Learn more about Mad City Money here.
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 March 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  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)

  • Friday, March 22:
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, April 5, 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, March 15, 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 . Visit us at or
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:

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