The Caregiver Courier
October 2016
Go Trick-or-Treating at Oct. 29 Halloween Carnival

Looking for a great, fun and safe trick-or-treat experience for your children in care? Bring your costumed little ones to the annual Halloween Carnival, sponsored by the Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation and Foster Change. Games, prizes and a day of fun is in store for the kids!
What:  Halloween Carnival, sponsored by Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation and Foster Change
When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29
Where: Juvenile Justice Gymnasium (adjacent to the Child Haven campus), 601 N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas
This event is FREE for licensed families in DFS care.
Click here to register for the event.
Check Out This List of Halloween Activities...Unless You're Scared!

Where will you take your costumed ghosts, goblins and superheroes for trick-or-treating and other Halloween fun? 

Click here for a full list of FREE, fun event for the whole family.

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with DFS at Springs Preserve

Celebrating a centuries-old tradition rooted in Latin American cultures, the Springs Preserve will present its colorful ninth annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event. Tickets are limited and registration is required.
What:  Día de los Muertos at the Springs Preserve
When: 4 - 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4
Where: 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
Cost: FREE for all licensed families and children in DFS care

Click here to register
About Día de los Muertos
This 3,000-year-old Hispanic celebration honoring loved ones is full of joy and tradition. This family-friendly event blends rich customs with exciting activities such as live theater and dance performances, altars, mariachis, face painting, sugar skull decorating and an art exhibition.

Upcoming Webinar: What is the Nevada's Safety Intervention Model?

Nevada began implementing SAFE eight years ago. Short for Safety Assessment Family  Evaluation, SAFE is the practice model in Washoe County and in the rural counties. Clark
County adopted a version of the Safety Intervention model, coined Safety Intervention  and Permanency System (SIPS).
Click here to join in this interactive discussion.

Spotlight on Quality: Bethany & Spencer's Quality Partnership

"It has been wonderful to have a partnership with the foster parents," said DFS's Spencer Surrat in this month's Spotlight on Quality. Click here to read her story about foster parent Bethany Overland and how working together led to a positive conclusion for a child in care.

Click here to read Bethany's story, as told by Spencer Surrat.

Education Spotlight: How Does My Child Get Transported to School?

Getting kids to school is one of the many immediate challenges faced by foster parents when they receive a new placement. Leslie Strasser Murdock, educational liaison to DFS, provides information this month that will help caregivers get their children off to school.

Click here to read more.
Miss the Normalcy Webinar? Stream it Today

If you missed last month's webinar on normalcy and prudent parenting, here's your chance to view it at the Just in Time Training website. It includes a panel discussion featuring a case manager, a foster parent, a former foster youth and a birth parent. All foster parents are required to view this webinar.
Click here to view the webinar.
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

"How I Spent My Summer Vacation..."

It was a busy summer at Child Haven, thanks to a pair of motivated volunteer groups. A crew of baristas from Starbucks and a group known as "The Yarn Stormers" each descended upon the Child Haven campus to add some warmth and happiness to the intake facility.
Click here to read their stories. 

The Fostering Relationship Model

After eight years and thousands of families, the Visitation Center is transitioning to a new model for family visits. The concept of visitation, maintaining relationships, and reunifications is constantly evolving. Our new model "Fostering Relationships" is the result of years of research focusing on children, families and reunification.
Click here to read more.

Save the Date: 2016 Angel Tree

The 2016 Angel Tree event is about two months away and all the little elves and other helpers are hard at work on planning the big day.
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 checking your email inbox and mailbox for registration information to this magical holiday experience!

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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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