The Caregiver Courier
December 2016
What's Going on This Month? Check the QPI Calendar

What day and time is the next QPI workgroup meeting? With the monthly QPI Calendar, get all the information you need in one place: workgroup meetings, community organization events and much more!

Click here for the printable December 2016 QPI calendar.

Do you have an event or meeting that you'd like to share with our caregiver community? Send an email message with your event information. Please be sure to include the date, time, location and contact information for your event.
There's Still Time to Register for Angel Tree!

Registration is now open for the annual Angel Tree Celebration, presented by DFS, the CASA Foundation and Breakthru Beverage (formerly Wirtz Beverage). Join us on Saturday, Dec. 10 for games, activities, food, fun and even a visit from Santa Claus! Best of all, all children in DFS care will receive gifts.
What: 2016 Angel Tree Celebration
When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
Where:  Breakthru Beverage, 1849 W. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas
Pick from one of two available time slots (noon - 1:30 p.m. or 2 - 3:30 p.m.) to attend. In addition to games, gifts and meeting some of your favorite holiday characters, attendees will be treated to lunch!

Before You Register, a Few Reminders
  • Please register the names and ages of ALL children you are bringing
  • Any biological children in your home (who are not in DFS care) are welcome to attend the Angel Tree Celebration and enjoy the games, activities and food; they will not be eligible for gifts. 
Sing the Changes! Foster Change Provides Support, Resources to Caregivers

Founded in 2016, Foster Change is a local non-profit committed to empowering foster, adoptive and kinship families and they want you to get involved. Foster Change is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at their offices at 4344 W. Cheyenne Rd. (North Las Vegas).

Click here to learn more about Foster Change and a couple exciting events coming this month!
Caregiver Voices:
"Where You Go, I Go"

With the holiday season upon us, holiday gatherings are sure to be plentiful. As caregivers make holiday plans for the whole family, we share an important reminder from foster parent Mike Pochowski that children in care are also a part of the family: "Where you go, I go."
Click here to read Mike's story.
Forever Families Celebrated on National Adoption Day

More than 55 children in DFS care were adopted on Thursday, Nov. 17 as part of DFS's annual National Adoption Day celebration. All told, 38 families finalized adoptions that day.

National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. 
Click here to see photos from the event.

'Tis the Season for Family Holiday Fun!

With winter holiday season in full swing, plenty of opportunities abound throughout Clark County for family fun. Looking to ice skate? Take in the festive lights? Or perhaps child-friendly entertainment? We've got you covered.
Click here to check out these great, holiday-themed activities that are sure to pumpkin spice up your December!
On the Road with QPI Nevada

A contingent of caregivers, community partners and DFS staff recently embarked upon Cleveland for the annual QPI National Conference. They were joined by QPI practitioners from across the country to discuss and share best practices in providing the best care for children in foster care. 

Click here to view videos and documents from the conference.
Thanks to You, from the QPI Communications Workgroup
Members of the QPI Communications Workgroup. Seated: Anya Earl, SAFY; Kevin J MacDonald, DFS; Anne-Marie Abruscato, Mojave Mental Health. Standing: Michelle Hugle, SAFY; Denise Parker, DFS (QPI coordinator); Elizabeth Freeland, DFS; Kirsten DiNicola, DFS; Jennifer Bevacqua, Eagle Quest; Shannon Earls, DFS.

Thanks to dedicated readers like you, The Caregiver Courier is enjoying its most successful year yet. Readership and engagement has nearly doubled and it is because you have consistently provided us with feedback that tells us what you want to read in this newsletter.

Who We Are 
The Courier is a collaborative effort of the QPI Communications Workgroup, a team comprised of DFS staff, child welfare professionals from local agencies and organizations as well as foster parents just like you. Each month, this team develops and delivers content to a diverse audience of readers who have a vested interest in the lives of Clark County children. In addition, this workgroup also develops communications plans and solutions for the other QPI workgroups. While those workgroups address the issues important to you, we make sure their message is delivered.
What the Readers Want
This year, The Courier has seen a spike in interest and feedback from our readers. Your input drives the content. We strive monthly to provide information that is informative, timely and entertaining. Our feedback has shown us our readers enjoy reading personal stories about fellow caregivers and child welfare professionals.
This is YOUR Newsletter
Looking ahead to 2017, the Communications Workgroup is already working on stories that you won't find anywhere else. The Caregiver Courier is your newsletter. Do you have a story idea? Do you know a foster parent or child welfare professional who deserves recognition? Or, perhaps you have a burning question that we can answer. Please contact us at with your questions or story ideas.
Always Room for One More...
Want to get involved with this or another QPI workgroup? Click here for workgroup information, then send an email message to
Have a safe and happy holiday and we'll see you in 2017!

Do you have a question, suggestion or story idea for The Caregiver Courier? 

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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