The Caregiver Courier
November 2018
National Adoption Month!
We here at The Caregiver Courier are so grateful for all those who have opened their hearts and homes to provide forever families to our community's children.

This National Adoption Month we cannot express enough gratitude and appreciation to these wonderful families.
Audrey Rosenstein: Angels in Adoption Honoree!
We are so proud and excited to recognize Audrey Rosenstein, who was selected by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as a 2018 Angels in Adoption honoree from Nevada. Audrey was honored for her work with Foster Change, of which she serves as President, and Peggy's Attic. She is the mother of 10 adopted children and has been a foster parent in Nevada for 16 years.

It was a much deserved recognition which included Congressional recognition (photos below of Audrey in front of the office of Senator Dean Heller (left) and with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (right)) and a celebratory gala over the course of three days in Washington D.C.!

Congrats Audrey! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the children of Nevada.

Angels in Adoption honors individuals, couples, and organizations from across the nation that have made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of families.These heroes hail from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and represent the wide spectrum of individuals involved in the adoption and foster care process. Since the program’s inception in 1999, over 2,600 Angels have received this honor. 
Don't Miss Out! Register for Angel Tree Today!
The Angel Tree celebration is almost here! Help ensure the children in your care are able to attend and enjoy this wonderful holiday celebration!


Remember, only children with an open DFS case are eligible to receive gifts. The registration deadline is Friday, December 7, 2018.
November Events
There are plenty of events for the whole family throughout the month of November. Click here for some ideas of different community events to attend this month.
5 Ways to Support Children During the Holiday Season!
As we approach the holiday season, it is important to consider ways to support children in care, along with those who care for them. Here are five suggestions for ways you can help during the holiday season.
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)

  • Tuesday, Nov. 6: Election Day

  • Wednesday, Nov. 7: Elementary Day Parent-Teacher Conferences(no school for elementary school students only)

  • Monday, Nov. 12: Veterans Day

  • Monday. Nov. 19 - Friday, Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Break

For more CCSD calendar information, click   here
Halloween Carnival!
Thank you to all who helped make this annual Halloween Carnival, sponsored by Foster Change, a wonderful event for the 300 children and families who attended.

You can view some pictures from this wonderful and fun event here.
Support a Kinship Family This Thanksgiving!
Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation Scholarship
Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation provides cultural, athletic and educational scholarships to abused, abandoned and neglected children who are currently, or formerly, wards of the state (foster children), to encourage them to reach their potential and to provide hope for a successful future. Download the scholarship application here .

Learn more about Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation: http://www.throughtheeyesofachildfoundation.org/
Successful Book Drive!
Thanks to the efforts of a group of women and children from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3,000 brand new books will find their way into the hands of youth at Child Haven.

This incredible group of women wanted to ensure children in foster care will be able to receive age-appropriate books to call their own.

Learn more about what went into this incredible act of generosity here.
Independent Living Update
The youth of Independent Living were recently given an amazing opportunity to travel to USC and Sony Studios in Los Angeles to learn more about the film industry and hear from those in the industry about what they need to do to be successful in this field! Read more about the trip here.
"Instant Family"
Did you know there is movie coming out that explores the process of becoming a foster and adoptive family? Read the synopsis below of the film "Instant Family", which arrives in theaters on November 16, or watch the trailer.

"Hoping to start a family, Pete and Ellie turn to the foster care system to make their dream come true. The couple soon learn the joys and frustrations of parenthood when they decide to adopt three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl"
-Synopsis of "Instant Family"
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 November training calendar with dates/times/locations here.
Online Training Highlight:
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.
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, November 2, 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.)

Upcoming 2018 Dates: December 7.
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, November 16, 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:December 21
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