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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. 
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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.

QPI Calendar of Events & Foster Parent Support Meetings

Click here  for a listing of upcoming events, meetings and other activities of foster care support organizations throughout Clark County.


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.  

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Nevada Partnership for Training

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The Parenting Project

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October 2014

QPI's Don't Say 'No' Before You Know Series: Respite..."Where You Go, I Go!"

by Mike Pochowski


From my years as a foster parent, I have seen and watched a lot, but most of all I listened to these wonderful little voices of children who have told me many stories. I have learned a lot from these little voices and would really like to share a message I have clearly heard that speaks to respite.


Click here to read Mike's story.

New Daily Payment Rates for Foster Parents Going Into Effect


By now, you should have received a letter from DFS detailing changes to the monthly foster care payment daily rate, which is changing. The letter details those changes, along with how you will be paid for placement services.


The new monthly foster care payment daily rates are:

Age 0 - 12: $22.45

Age 13 - 18: $25.42


This change will be reflected starting with your October 2014 payment, which will be for services rendered in September.


Click here for more information about the rate changes.


If you have not yet received this letter, please contact DFS Fiscal Help Line at 702-455-4757. You may also reach Fiscal Services via email at

Free Safe Sleep Seminar Offered


Open to parents, caregivers and caseworkers.


When: Tuesday October 7, 2014 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Where: Sunrise Children's Foundation
2785 East Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121


Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 3!


Click here to register


For More Information, contact Kim Amato at Baby's Bounty.


Co-sponsored by:

Clark County Department of Family Services

Southern Nevada Health District

Sunrise Children's Foundation


Let's Go Surfin' Now,
Everybody's Learnin' How


What happens when 40 Las Vegas youth in foster care travel to San Diego to learn how to surf? Sure, they got their fill of dropping in on tasty waves. But for these youth, surfing became more than just a field trip. It was a chance to heal.
Click here to read more about their day with Urban Surf 4 Kids in San Diego.
Spooktacular Halloween Events
for the Whole Family!


Need some ideas for your little ghosts and goblins? Check out this list of upcoming Halloween events; fun for the whole family. Boooooo!!

Get Crafty This Halloween!


The website has a couple great ideas you can try, including:

Get A Knack for NAC


How familiar are you with the Nevada Administrative Code, better known as NAC? Here's an important one for you to remember:


Sec. 96-NAC 424.560 #5

All medication must be kept in a locked place, including without limitation, any medication that requires refrigeration. Medication which must be kept with a child pursuant to the instructions of a physician is not required to be kept in a locked place.


Note: In this situation, a safety latch/childproof latch --including magnetic child locks -- is not considered locked.


Want to learn more?Click here.

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

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