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December 2014

QPI's Don't Say "No"
Before You Know Series:
Remember, It's a FAMILY Vacation

by Anne-Marie Abruscato, LCSW


In this month's installment of the Don't Say "No" Before You Know series, Anne-Marie Abruscato of Mojave Adult, Child and Family Services outlines the value and importance of treating children in care as your own:


Every time you are able to bring a foster child on vacation, you are doing something amazing! You are giving them a "real-world" education about geography
by showing them other places...beyond all of this, you
are also communicating to them that they are important
and that they are a part of something bigger than themselves -- your family.


Click here to read the rest of Anne-Marie's article.

Don't Miss the
2014 Angel Tree Winter Holiday Celebration This Saturday!

Saturday, Dec. 13

Wirtz Beverage Nevada
1849 W. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas
Choose one of three time slots to attend:
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
2 - 3:30 p.m.

Children who attend the Angel Tree Winter Holiday Celebration will receive toys or a gift card. Every child in DFS care assigned to a DFS case manager is eligible. Any child in DFS care as of Dec. 12 will be automatically registered. In addition to the gifts, there will be games, food and activities for the entire family.


Gifts will only be provided for
children in DFS care.


This event is made possible by the CASA Foundation and Department of Family Services, along with our community partners.



'Tis the Season! Navigating the Holidays with Children in Care

By Anne-Marie Abruscato, LCSW


Shopping, decorating, visitors, sweets, music, parties...the holidays can be such a joyous time! While it is expected to be the happiest time of the year, foster children may experience sadness, anxiety, and frustration.


How can we help? The more we can keep the child's past trauma in mind, the better we can create a peaceful holiday season. Here are some trauma-informed tips to help make the holidays as happy as possible for everyone in your family.


Click here to read the full article.

Holiday Activities for the Whole Family!


Looking for some winter fun and excitement in the Valley? Click here for holiday-themed events and activities taking place throughout the holiday season.

More Than 80 Children Find Forever Homes on Adoption Day

Celebrating A Family For Every Child was the theme for this year's annual Adoption Day celebration, held Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the Juvenile Justice Center Gymnasium. More than 80 children were adopted by 45 families throughout the day. Of those 80 children who were adopted, 18 were a part of sibling groups.

Dave Courvoisier of KLAS-TV served as emcee and Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta delivered the keynote speech. The event was co-sponsored by DFS with its partners: The Adoption Exchange, CASA, Olive Crest and Nevada Youth Care Providers.

Click here to view the coverage of the event by KLAS-TV.

Because Every Child
Deserves a Family


In keeping with our Adoption Day theme of Celebrating a Family for Every Child, the Caregiver Courier has featured children who are legally free for adoption over the past few months. We encourage you to read more about these children. They are looking for families that will provide unconditional love and security in a safe environment.


Click here for the Clark County DFS Adoptions website to read more about children looking for their forever homes.

Wynn Las Vegas Steps Up for Kids to Host the Foster Friends Conference


More than 100 business leaders, faith-based leaders, foster parents and former foster youth joined DFS staff at Wynn Las Vegas in September to begin developing Foster Friends. Created under the Quality Parenting Initiative, Foster Friends will support Clark County foster families and children in care. The conference was generously sponsored by Wynn Las Vegas.


Step Up for Kids Foster Friends Conference at Wynn Las Vegas
Step Up for Kids Foster Friends Conference, generously sponsored by Wynn Las Vegas.


Foster Friends will offer services and benefits for foster parents. Examples include: discounts to local restaurants, mentoring for children in care and much more.


As Foster Friends develops, stay tuned on how you can get involved in -- and take advantage of -- this new support service.


CCTV 4's Clark County Chronicles at the Step Up for Kids Foster Friends Conference
CCTV 4's Clark County Chronicles at the Step Up for Kids Foster Friends Conference.




What: DFS Mix n' Mingle

When: Wednesday, Feb. 18 and Thursday, Feb. 19

Where: Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave.


Mark your calendars now! Join us in the new year for a casual mixer for caregivers, community partners and DFS staff. Get acquainted. Get resources. Get answers.

Clark County Department of Family Services | 702-455-5444 |
121 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89106

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