The Caregiver Courier
August 2016
Time is Running Out to Register for Back to School, Back to Basics

Don't miss the opportunity to get backpacks, school supplies and much more at the annual Back to School, Back to Basics backpack event!
What: Back to School, Back to Basics
When: Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. - noon
Where: Juvenile Justice Gymnasium, 651 N. Pecos Rd., Building J, Las Vegas
All children in DFS care will receive:
  • Backpacks
  • School supplies
  • Vital information about available community services
  • And much more!
Better hurry. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 5!
NOTE: If you receive a backpack at the DFS Back to School, Back to Basics event, you will not be eligible for one at the CASA Back to School Party.  
PRIME-Time: Build Your PRIME Profile at the Aug. 12 Back to School Event

Are you ready for PRIME-time? You will be, if you attend the Aug. 12 Back to School, Back to Basics event. DFS staff will be on hand to assist caregivers in creating profile pages on PRIME. Bring your smartphone or tablet and you will be guided step-by-step on using PRIME on your own device.
What is PRIME?
Short for Placement and Referral Intelligent Matching Engine, PRIME is an internet-based matching service that efficiently identifies compatible placement options. It will be a secure, online database of profiles of foster parents and children in care-including their age, gender, personal interests and preferences. PRIME will be one tool to assist placement, licensing, caregivers and youth in finding the strongest match between children's needs and foster parents' strengths.
Keep reading The Caregiver Courier for information and updates about PRIME.

Look Sharp! Haircuts, School Supplies & Much More at CASA's Back to School Party!

Get your kids ready for the new school year with a little style at CASA's annual Back to School Party! It's a fun-filled day of haircuts, hairstyles, manicures and music along with books, backpacks and school supplies. All services and supplies are generously donated by CASA and the stylists and manicurists at Square Colour Salon & Spa and Atelier by Square Salon.

What: CASA's Back to School Party
Who: Children in Licensed DFS and Specialized Foster Care Homes
When: Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016  |  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Square Colour Salon & Spa, 1225 S. Fort Apache Rd., Suite 160, Las Vegas; or Atelier by Square Salon, 1225 S. Fort Apache Rd., Suite 135, Las Vegas

NOTE: If you receive a backpack at the DFS Back to School, Back to Basics event, you will not be eligible for one at this event
To Book Your Appointment:
  • Beginning on July 15, 2016, call Square Salon at 702-255-7050 or Atelier at 702-906-1770 to schedule an appointment. Please note: appointments will be available on a first-call, first-served basis. Online appointments will not be honored. Calls made prior to July 15, 2016 will not be given an appointment.
  • While Square and CASA would like to help all children, please understand that all children must have an appointment. Walk-ins will not be served.
  • Please provide first and last name, age, gender, and ethnicity of each child along with the name and contact phone number of the foster parent.
Book your appointment for this day of fun
and we'll see you there!

DFS Celebrates 14th Birthday with Cake, Ice Cream & Employee Appreciation

More than 200 people attended the DFS Birthday Party earlier this month, held at the Juvenile Justice Gymnasium. In addition to the cake, ice cream and trip down Memory Lane, DFS Director Tim Burch and DFS managers presented certificates of appreciation to employees who achieved milestone years of service with Clark County. 
Click here for photos from the event and a list of DFS employees who achieved milestone anniversaries in 2015.
The First Day of School is Right Around the Corner...Are You Ready?

We're just a few short weeks away from the new school year. Over the past year, DFS has worked to create a partnership with the Clark County School District (CCSD) to help children maximize their education potential.
DFS's educational liaison Dr. Leslie Strasser Murdock has some advice and important information to help you stay "in the know" and support your child in school.
Click here to read more.
Peggy's Attic: A Little Place Making a Big Difference

Peggy's Attic at Child Haven, a donation center of the Clark County Department of Family Services, has been serving the children and families of Clark County since October 2001. It has served thousands of families and children over the years. 

Click here to learn more about this little place that's making a big difference in Clark County.

Improving Visitation Through the Fostering Relationship Visitation Model

Thanks to current research into visitation and issues surrounding it, the Department of Family Services is changing the way it conducts family visitation. DFS is transitioning to the Fostering Relationship Visitation Model, a more effective method of strengthening bonds between foster parents, parents and children.

Click here to learn more.
Normalcy: Let Kids Be Kids

Normalcy policy implementation and training is underway at DFS, thanks to the work of the QPI Child Welfare Workgroup subcommittee. This team of DFS staff, child welfare professionals, caregivers, youth and birth parents worked with a statewide committee to develop policies for Nevada and specifically for Clark County's normalcy initiative.

Click here to learn more.  
Squeeze the Last Few Drops Out of Summer

The first day of classes for CCSD students is about three weeks away. Grab the last few drops of summertime family fun before it's too late.
Click here  for a list of fun summer activities to keep your kids, and yourself, occupied.
Spotlight on...YOU!

We want to know what stories you would like to see in The Courier. Do you know a caregiver or organization we should spotlight? Is there a particular issue we should highlight? Perhaps you have a great idea about family vacations (or anything else) you want to share. Now is your chance.
Click here to submit your story ideas, suggestions or questions.
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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