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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.  

Just in Time

Nevada Partnership for Training

The Nevada Registry 

The Parenting Project

January 2016
Angel Tree Celebration Delivers Gifts to More Than 2,500 Children in Care
Thousands of wrapped gifts ready to be distributed to children at the Angel Tree event.
More than 2,200 people attended the annual Fostering Futures Angel Tree celebration held last month at Wirtz Beverage in North Las Vegas, an exclusive event for children and families in care. Some 1,500 children who attended received gifts, gift cards and other goodies...including games, lunch and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Including post-event distribution efforts, more than 2,500 children in Clark County care received gifts for the holidays, thanks to the annual Angel Tree drive.

Santa and Mrs. Claus greet children at Angel Tree.

Organizers said attendance at this year's event was greater than last year.
Children (and volunteers) enjoyed the assortment of games at Angel Tree.

The bicycle raffle was a popular offering at Angel Tree. More than 50 bikes, donated by Wynn Las Vegas, were raffled off to lucky winners.

In addition to gifts and gift cards, those in attendance enjoyed games, bounce houses, food and other family-friendly activities. 
Volunteers at Angel Tree, passing out gift cards to children.

The Angel Tree Celebration was presented by Fostering Futures, in partnership with the Clark County Department of Family Services, Wirtz Beverage and 8 News Now. 
Women of Metro Deliver Holiday Cheer to Children at Child Haven
Women of Metro and Child Haven staff.
LVMPD's Women of Metro weren't driving a sleigh, but they did bring a busload of gifts--and Santa Claus!--to the Child Haven campus to give children in care gifts of games, toys and more. 
The Women of Metro brought a busload of gifts to the Child Haven campus last month for children in care.

Additionally, Women of Metro gave Child Haven a donation of $1,000 to be used at the campus.
Child Haven manager Dawn Sanchez accepting a $1,000 donation from the Women of Metro's Stephanie Ward.
Attention: Foster Parents
Training Requirements to Increase in 2017

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, training requirements for foster parents will change from four hours per year to 12 hours, annually. This change was initiated by foster parents through the Quality Parenting Initiative Training workgrou p, which meets monthly to discuss training needs for caregivers.
Training hours must include the following classes:
  • First Aid/CPR training
  • Car seat training
  • The Developmental Web: A Perspective on Learning and Behavior Problems
  • Effective Discipline in Developmental Stages
  • Trauma and the Impacts on Children in Foster Care: Parts 1 and 2.
Again, this change goes into effect next year, January of 2017. Foster Parents who are relicensing beginning January of 2017 will be required to have 12 hours of training BEFORE they can be relicensed.
Why the Change?
Foster parents in the QPI Training workgroup identified the need for additional training. This requested change will assist them in preparing to handle the diverse health, behavioral and emotional needs of the children in their care. Additional training will give caregivers the tools to meet the needs of children in foster care. The trainers, as part of the team, will provide support as we all strive to ensure the permanency, safety and well-being of foster children.
Questions? Contact Denise Parker at 702-455-0568.

Complete Your Training Hours with
"Just In Time" Training Videos

Need to pick up additional training hours on fostering children with specific needs? Or perhaps a tutorial in addressing children with eating disorders? You can find training videos on these topics and much more with the QPI Nevada Training Reviews Guide, provided by the DFS Foster Parent Champion Program. 

Download the guide and then go to the QPI Nevada Just In Time website to watch the videos.

For more information, contact the Foster Parent Champion program at 702-455-1149 or via email at
Get Caught Up at the Next 
QPI Saturday Meeting, Jan. 23
This meeting is designed specifically for caregivers who want to get more involved with the Quality Parenting Initiative and share input on improving care provided to children and families in Clark County.
What: QPI Caregiver Meeting
When: 1 - 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
Where: DFS Central Location, 121 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas | Clark Room
Included on the agenda:
  • Overview about the various workgroups
  • Current workgroup projects
For more information, contact  

Monthly Child Welfare Webinar Series Featuring Charles Zeanah
to Cover Placement & Visitation 
During a Case
Join the 8th Judicial District Court - Juvenile Dependency Division for this ongoing, free, interactive webinar series in January.
Dr. Charles Zeanah
The January session will focus on protective settings for placement and visitation as they relate to our case study. Noted psychiatrist and expert in early childhood development Charles H. Zeanah, M.D., will provide his insight and take your questions during the webinar.

What: Developmental Science and Child Welfare: Moving Towards a More Child-Centered Court Improvement Practice Model - Visitation in the Middle of a Case
When: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, noon - 1 p.m. PT
Click here for registration
and more information.

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