The Caregiver Courier
April 2016
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

About 2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported each year in the United States. Four children die each day as a result of child abuse. Children who are victims of child abuse are 59 percent more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28 percent are more likely to be arrested as an adult and 30 percent are more likely to commit a violent crime.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  YOU can help end child abuse.
How can I help?
We're highlighting several great community events bringing public awareness to child abuse in this issue. Please check them out and follow the links for more information about the organizations and their events.
Suspect Abuse? Call the Hotline.

Take in a Ball Game & Other Activities to Prevent Child Abuse

As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Prevent Child Abuse Nevada (PCANV) is hosting several Pinwheels for Prevention events this month. These pinwheels are part of a national effort to remind us of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve. 

Don't miss these upcoming events for the whole family!
Las Vegas 51s Prevent Child Abuse Nevada Night
When: Friday, April 29, 2016, 7 p.m.
Where: Cashman Field, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas
The Las Vegas 51s baseball team and Prevent Child Abuse Nevada have partnered to have an amazing night at the ballpark to honor and celebrate children and families. Tickets are available online and through the PCANV office.
Contact: Patricia Haddad, 702-895-5053 or
2016 Pinwheels for Prevention
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St., Las Vegas
A Resource Fair featuring agencies serving families in Nevada, interactive activities and games for children, live music and performances from the community. This free event is open to families, children and community members.
Contact:  Patricia Haddad, 702-895-5053 or
Click here for more events throughout Nevada during the month of April.

Education Spotlight: CCSD Guidelines for Serving Children in Foster Care
Need more information on how your child's school addresses the special needs of children? Are you wondering about the roles and responsibilities of School-based Foster Care Advocates?  Get that information and much more with the Clark County School District's 2016 Guidelines for Serving Children in Foster Care. Click here for the guidelines.
Who is my School-based Foster Care Advocate?
Click here for the complete list of foster care advocates in CCSD schools.
Two-Minute Warning! Watch This Video,
Then Start Your Just in Time Training

Before you start your next Just in Time Training, be sure to watch this important two-minute tutorial about the process. It only takes a couple of minutes and walks you through the changes, the steps and where to go for help.
Click here for the video.

Training Requirements to Increase in 2017
Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, training requirements for Clark County licensed foster parents will change from four hours annually 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.
Click here for the Just in Time website and DFS training calendar.

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?
This requested change will assist licensed foster parents in handling 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.
Questions? Contact Denise Parker at 702-455-0568.
Collaborate for Kids at Upcoming National Convention for National Foster Parent Association & National Kinship Alliance
Registration is now open for this exciting convention featuring workshops from top experts on foster, kinship and adoptive care and a special focus on foster and kinship communities working together. Click here for complete and up-to-date convention information.
What: National Foster Parent Association & National Kinship Alliance for Children 2016 National Convention. Better Together: Collaboration for Kids!
When: Wednesday, June 22 - Saturday, June 25, 2016
Where: Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino,  3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
Topics will include:
  • First Care for You: Strategies to Overcome Compassion Fatigue
  • It Takes a Village: Ways to Improve your Teen's Chances of Success
  • How to get around the Drama and Avoid the Power Struggles
  • Foster and Kinship Caregivers: Strategies for Sticking Together 
  • Adoption Subsidy and Federal Adoption Tax Credit 
  • Trauma-Informed Parenting Techniques for Reminders & Behavior
  • Taking Care of Kin Who Take Care of Children
  • 54 additional presentation and workshop topics!
Get Your Science on at the FREE Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival

Explore the fun and fascinating world of science and technology, get up close and personal with creepy-crawly critters...even shadow a park ranger for a day! All these exciting activities are a fraction of what you and your family can do at the upcoming  Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival! 

It's fun for families, adults, school groups and kids of all ages...and it's FREE!
What: Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival
When: Friday, April 29 - Saturday, May 7, 2016
Where: All across Clark County
Celebrating its sixth anniversary, the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival offers nine jam-packed days of FREE events designed to spark kids' curiosity and showcase the amazing science and technology happening right here in Southern Nevada.
Click here for information on how you can attend.
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. 

About QPI

QPI Calendar of Events & Foster Parent Support Meetings

Visit QPI Nevada 

Contact QPI Nevada

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.  

Just In Time Training

Nevada Partnership for Training

The Nevada Registry

The Parenting Project

DFS Training Calendar 



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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