The Caregiver Courier
September 2016
Back to School Events from CASA & DFS Provide Backpacks to 1,000+ Children in Care

Thanks to an outpouring of support from donors throughout Clark County, more than 1,000 children in care received backpacks and school supplies at a pair of events last week. The Department of Family Services' annual Back to School! Back to Basics event and CASA's Back to School Party provided backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and much more for children in DFS care.
"We are so grateful to sponsors, donors, vendors and volunteers who came together to help us make sure our children in care start the school year with everything they need to succeed," said Denise Parker of DFS, one of the organizers of the event. "This event shows how much impact we can make when DFS collaborates with community partners and caregivers to achieve a goal."
Click here for photos from the events.

Upcoming Webinar to Cover Normalcy, Prudent Parenting

All DFS staff and foster parents will be required to attend a training on Normalcy, with the first opportunity coming later this month. The presentation will include a panel discussion featuring a case manager, a foster parent, a former foster youth and a birth parent. QPI Coordinator Denise Parker will moderate the discussion.
What: Normalcy Webinar
When:  Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. PT
Where: Click here for registration and webinar information
What is Normalcy?
Normalcy is the right of all youth in licensed out-of-home care to have the opportunity for normal growth and development and to be offered the chance to participate in age-appropriate activities, responsibilities and life skills.

For more information call 702-455-0568 or email
There is Help, There is Hope: Save a Life by Recognizing the Suicide Warning Signs

September is designated as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Did you know Nevada currently has the sixth highest suicide rate in the nation? Thanks to local and statewide efforts, Nevada has been gradually reducing its suicide rate. 

The concerted efforts of the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention, the Office of Suicide Prevention and the many local task forces and coalitions across the state hosting events and providing vital information help make Nevada a healthier and safer place to live. You could be the difference between life and death for a person who needs help.
Click here to read more.

Save the Date: 2016 Angel Tree

A certain someone who shall remain nameless (until after Thanksgiving, at least) is already making a list and checking it twice. Don't miss your chance to be on that list. Save the date for the 2016 CASA Fostering Futures Angel Tree Celebration
What:  2016 CASA Angel Tree Celebration
When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
Where:  Breakthru Beverage (formerly Wirtz Beverage), 1849 W. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas
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!
From the Suggestion Box: Post-Adoption Assistance

Email From: Alana
Subject: Post-Adoption Assistance
"I think that after a child is adopted you should still be able to get some help with daycare. Most people live check to check daycare is so expensive. The state I was from paid daycare in full until you no longer needed it."
Hi, Alana. Thanks for your feedback. A post-adoption sub-workgroup within the QPI Child Welfare Workgroup is currently addressing issues affecting children and adoptive parents. The Child Welfare Workgroup brings together caregivers like you with Family Services staff and child welfare professionals throughout Clark County each month to identify issues impacting our families and develop solutions.
We will certainly pass your suggestion along to that group. In addition, we encourage you and other caregivers to get involved. You are more than welcome to join the meetings, which are held the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next Child Welfare Workgroup meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Lincoln Room at Family Services' Central offices (121 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.).
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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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