The Caregiver Courier
June 2017
Real-life Reunification: Jake's Team

From time to time, our caregivers like to share their real-life stories about fostering children in care. It's a challenging and, quite often, an emotional journey. But the dividends in the long run pay off in reunifying children with their birth parents and strengthening the family.
 
Click here for a story we received from a foster parent about the value and importance of partnering and being a support to birth parents.
"It takes a village to raise a child."

We have all heard that phrase and here at DFS and it rings true! June is National Reunification Month. DFS's Elizabeth Freeland reflects and shares a story of reunification with a very important lesson about teamwork. 

Click here to read her story.
Spotlight Series: Trauma-Informed Parenting, Pt. 6

Connections & Healing
Think about the most important connections in your life. Think about how they define your identity and shape your daily choices. Now imagine that all of those connections were taken from you. How do you feel? Who are you now? Where do you fit in?  

SAFY's Jennifer Anderson unpacks the importance of making connections with children in care as well as birth parents in this month's installment of the Trauma-Informed Parenting Series.
 
Click here to read Module 6.

Previous Modules

More information can be found at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Put Your Car on Cruise & Lay back...

...'cause it's the summertime. Thursday, June 8 is the last day of school in Clark County. Not June 1, Not June 15. June 8! That's a week away! Fight summertime boredom right now by checking out this list of summer fun for the whole family!
 
Click here for a FIVE PAGES of fun summer activities to keep your kids occupied.
Sign Up Today to Receive the Foster Change Newsletter

Looking for a great resource for additional support, training or just want to connect with fellow foster parents? Sign up today to receive Foster Change's monthly newsletter! A partner organization of the Clark County Department of Family Services, Foster Change is committed to the empowerment of foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
 
Click here to read Foster Change's May newsletter.
 
Make sure you join their email list to keep receiving the newsletter. Then check out FosterChangeCC.org for additional information, meeting schedules and more.
Grace Point Church Offering Monthly Foster Parents Night Out
 
After the success of its inaugural Foster Parents Day Out, Grace Point Church is expanding its free respite program so foster parents can get an occasional night out! Beginning in August, Grace Point will offer respite care from 6 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday each month.
 
What: Foster Parents Night Out
When: 6 - 9 p.m., first Friday each month, beginning Friday, Aug. 4
Where:  Grace Point Church, 3794 W. Ann Rd., North Las Vegas
 
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: Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 8, 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.
Upcoming Recruitment Boot Camps to Focus on Hispanic, African-American Communities

How can you harness your influence to become a foster care evangelist? Attend an upcoming Foster Parent Recruitment "Boot Camp!" 

This month's boot camps focus on targeted recruitment of foster parents from within the Hispanic and African-American communities.

Facilitated by Denise Goodman of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the boot camps are lively, interactive sessions to develop successful strategies to recruit caregivers who fit the specific needs of DFS and our community.  Attended by caregivers, community partners and DFS staff from across the spectrum of roles, the boot camps serve as a reminder that recruitment is everyone's job.
 
Click here for more information and RSVP information. 
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.

What's Going on This Month? Check the QPI Calendar

Speaking of workgroups, download the June and July QPI calendars for the latest workgroup meetings and partner organization events and gatherings.
 
Click here for the calendar.

Do you have an event or meeting that you'd like to share with our caregiver community? Send an email message with your event information. Please be sure to include the date, time, location and contact information for your event.
What is QPI?

Making sure every child living in foster care is cared for by 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.
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