The Caregiver Courier
May 2019
National Foster
Care Month
May is recognized as National Foster Care Month. We use this month to acknowledge and thank all of the wonderful caregivers who support our community's children and families.

Clark County Human Services Administrator Tim Burch recorded this message for all of our caregivers.
Caregiver Survey
At some point in the month of May, you will likely be receiving a phone call from a DFS employee asking you to participate in a quick 2-3 minute survey. The goal of the survey is to strengthen the way DFS and caregivers work together. We look forward to your input!
Foster Parent Sweepstakes!
To celebrate National Foster Care Month, DFS is holding a sweepstakes for all of our caregivers. All you need to do to enter is click here and enter your name. You have until May 10th to enter and will be notified if you are a winner. Each random winner will receive a gift card.
Children's Service Guild

The Children's Service Guild, founded on June 6, 1969, is celebrating its 50th birthday this year! This organization of volunteers dedicates itself to helping the children who interact with the Family and Juvenile Justice Court systems. To learn more about the organization, click here.
Summer Activities 2019!

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

Click  here to view some of these summertime suggestions.
Back to School with CASA: SAVE THE DATE
The back to school party with CASA and Square Salon 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.
Save the date now and check back next month for RSVP information.

Please note: this is the ONLY back to school event this year. If you are unable to attend the CASA event, you will be able to pick up a backpack and supplies at Peggy's Attic after the event. More details to come.
Updates from DFS!
Caregivers, DFS has some updates for you! You may have already noticed some changes in terms of licensing and placement and two of the DFS assistant directors wanted to provide some context for what these changes might mean for you. Make sure to check it out!
Shopping Spree Pop Up Event

Klothes 4 Kids wants to invite every teen in foster care to an EXCLUSIVE  Shopping Spree Pop Up Event .

Ages: 13 yrs - 18 yrs old ONLY
Date: May 11, 2019
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. while supplies last.
Address: 976 Hassel Ave, Las Vegas NV 89016

REQUIREMENTS for the Event:

  • Each Foster Parent /Guardian must be present and must provide identification.
  • Each teen must be present.

There will be a DJ, Games & Ice Cream Truck.

Click here for more info!

If you have any questions, you can call the following number: 702-400-9441. 
2019 Spring Egg Hunt!

Thank you to all who joined us for the 2019 Spring Egg Hunt, sponsored by Foster Change. We had a great time hunting for eggs, hopping with the Easter Bunny and partaking in all the other activities. You can view some photos from the event here.
Quality Parenting Standards for Foster Homes:Licensing
As a current caregiver, you have gone through the licensing process and continue to go through the renewal process.

However, you probably continue to have questions such as: the requirements that need to be met to be licensed, what happens if you move while you are licensed, requirements around having a pool and more.

This section of the Quality Parenting Standards works to answer many of these questions. If you want to read more, you can do so by clicking here and going to the section titled "Licensing".
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 May 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)

  • Thursday, May 23: Last Day of 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, June 7, 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, May 17, 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 [email protected] . 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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