The Caregiver Courier
March 2016
Games, Rides, Jump Houses  & Much More Fun for the  Whole Family at the Spring Celebration & Foster Connection

Don't miss out on all the fun! Amusement rides, jump houses, petting zoo, games, food and much more for the whole family!

Spring Celebration & Foster Connection
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs

The first two hours, from 10 a.m. - noon, are reserved exclusively for caregivers and their families, so show up early and stay late!
Click here to download the event flier.
This event is hosted by the Las Vegas City Council. 
Put All Your Eggs in One Basket at These Great Holiday Events!

Looking for egg hunts and other family-friendly holiday festivities this month? Check these links of great, local activities that are fun for the whole family!

Here are a few holiday activities we found that you may enjoy!
Spotlight on Quality:  Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan

Judge Frank Sullivan talks QPI.
Judge Frank Sullivan talks QPI.
Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan has been serving on the bench of Nevada's Eighth Judicial District Court since 2009. He has been an integral part of the Quality Parenting Initiative since it was implemented in Clark County in 2014. 

In this month's Spotlight, Judge Sullivan shares his thoughts on QPI and how we all can work together better to improve the lives of our children.

Click here to view the video.

Transitions Take Center Stage in Free Monthly Webinar with Noted Child Psychiatrist

The next webinar featuring Charles H. Zeanah, M.D., will be in March with a focus on an issue relevant to all caregivers: transitions. This free, ongoing seminar series is presented by the 8th Judicial District Court - Juvenile Dependency Division.

Developmental Science and Child Welfare: Moving Towards a More Child-Centered Court Improvement Practice Model--The Critical Role of Transitions

Thursday, March 17, 2016, noon - 1 p.m. PST

Online.  Click here for registration and more information.
Dr. Charles H. Zeanah, M.D.
About the Presenter
Charles H. Zeanah, M.D., is a nationally recognized psychiatrist. He is also an expert in early childhood development.
In this webinar, Zeanah will provide his insight and take your questions during the webinar.
Click here for more information.
Leslie Strasser Murdock, PhD, JD
Education Spotlight: Know Your Rights to Access Guaranteed Services

Did you know that children in the foster care system have several special rights under both federal and state laws to help them achieve academic success? 

The Department of Family Services' education liaison, Leslie Murdock, unpacks the Clark County School District's educational services and how you, as caregivers, can access them for children in care.
Click here to learn more.
Attention, Foster Parents:  Training Requirements to Increase in 2017
Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, training requirements for foster parents will change from four hours per year to 12 hours, annually. This change was initiated by foster parents through the Quality Parenting Initiative Training workgroup, which meets monthly to discuss training needs for caregivers.
Training hours must include the following classes:
  • First Aid/CPR training
  • Car seat training
  • The Developmental Web: A Perspective on Learning and Behavior Problems
  • Effective Discipline in Developmental Stages
  • Trauma and the Impacts on Children in Foster Care: Parts 1 and 2.
Again, this change goes into effect next year, January of 2017.  Foster Parents who are relicensing beginning January of 2017 will be required to have 12 hours of training BEFORE they can be relicensed.
Why the Change?
Foster parents in the QPI Training workgroup identified the need for additional training. This requested change will assist them in preparing to handle the diverse health, behavioral and emotional needs of the children in their care. Additional training will give caregivers the tools to meet the needs of children in foster care. The trainers, as part of the team, will provide support as we all strive to ensure the permanency, safety and well-being of foster children.
Questions? Contact Denise Parker at 702-455-0568.
Get Ready for the World with Upcoming Independent Living Workshop

The Department of Family Service's Independent Living Unit is combining the Ready for the World Workshop with Are You Ready Workshop later this month. Come learn about resources such as housing, employment, Step Up and AB350 programs.
What: Ready for the World/Are You Ready Workshop
When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: Child Haven Campus Gymnasium, 701K N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas
Attendees will also have the opportunity to get assistance from an Independent Living representative to apply for college, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and apply for college scholarships. Don't miss the information and FUN!
For more information, contact the Independent Living office at 702-455-8029 or email:
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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