The Caregiver Courier
November 2017
National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. Clark County Department of Family Services and its partner organizations are helping to raise awareness about the need for adoptive families for older youth, medically fragile children and sibling groups in foster care.

Visit AdoptEx.org to view profiles of children in DFS care who are looking for their forever families.


Through the Eyes of a Child Annual Halloween Carnival Pictures

Thank you for attending and supporting this wonderful event. To see pictures from the event, click here.


Fall into Fall with Family Fun

As the days get shorter and nights get cooler, fall and winter activities throughout Clark County are being scheduled. Don't miss out on these great, family-friendly experiences.
  
Click here for a list of upcoming activities.
Foster One Recruit One  

The Clark County Department of Family Services (DFS) is thrilled to relaunch its Foster One Recruit One program... and we need YOU! Amazing foster parents have always been our best recruiters,and that's where you come in.

 

Please click here to learn more about this program. 
Education Tips from Dr. Murdock

Hi Everyone.  The First Quarter of the 2017-2018 School Year just ended and it is time to ensure your child is doing well in school.  Now is the best time to check in with your child's school to make sure he/she is on track to pass classes and make plans to make up any missing/failed work Click here to get some tips to help you and your child get the educational support he/she may be entitled to in school.  

Click here for the CCSD Foster Care Advocate List.
Click here for the CCSD Elementary School Counselor Directory.
Click here for the CCSD Middle School Counselor Directory.
Click here for the CCSD High School Counselor Directory. 

November Updates from Foster Change 

Foster Change has provided a list of community events and services in Clark County for the month of November. 

Click here to view the entire November 2017 Newsletter. 
Home away from Home

The holiday season can be especially hard for our youth as they spend yet another special day away from home. As your home has become their home away from home, it is especially important to share these events with them. Although sometimes it might appear that the kiddos in your home don't care to share these moments with you, think about the lasting impact you can make on their futures. 

Dennice Rojas offers helpful tips on how to help engage with our youth during the holiday season.  Click here to learn more.  

Register Now for the 2017 Angel Tree Celebration

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 2017 Angel Tree Celebration!

What: 2017 CASA Angel Tree Celebration
When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

We're making our lists and checking them twice. Food, fun, games...even a visit from a certain someone from the North Pole! It's all at the Angel Tree Celebration, so don't miss out! 



This event is open to all children in DFS care. Keep watching your email inbox and mailbox for registration information to this magical holiday experience!

Grace Point Church Offering Monthly 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, November 3rd , 2017
Where:  Grace Point Church, 3794 W. Ann Rd., North Las Vegas
How to registerClick 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: Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 2, April 6, May 4 (Star Wars Day!), June 1 and Aug. 6. Keep watching the Caregiver Courier for more details and registration information.
School Holiday Reminders
The Caregiver Courier would like to offer friendly reminders of upcoming school holidays (based on the Clark County School District 9-month Calendar):

Friday, November 10th (Vetarans Day)
Monday, November 20th, 2017 through Friday, November 24th, 2017 (Thanksgiving week)

For more CCSD calendar information, click here

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 .

FREE RELICENSING TRAINING!

Foster Kinship, Foster Change and DFS have partnered to offer QPI Workshops on navigating the "QPI/Just In Time" training website.  In addition to receiving assistance with navigating the website, free child care  and refreshments will be provided!  This is a great opportunity for our caregivers to complete some or all of their required training.  

The next workshop will be on Saturday, November 11th, 2017.

Click here to for more information. 
DFS Training Class for Foster Parents and Licensed Relatives

The Clark County Department of Family Services (DFS) is offering a series of training classes designed to help foster parents and DFS make better placement decisions for children in foster care.  Dubbed "Placement and Referral Intelligent Matching Engine" (PRIME), the internet based tool allows the Placement Team to email foster parents referrals to children who may be a good match for their household.  
To attend the training, please register at the NV Partnership for Training web page: http://nvpartnership4training.com.

Click here for a listing of all of the classes and their locations. 
 
For more information about the innovative PRIME training classes, please call Heather Kendall at (702) 455-8895.

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 Nevada 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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