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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. 
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.

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

July 2015

Need some last minute ideas to enjoy your Fourth of July weekend? Click here for great family events throughout the Valley.

Save the Date:
Back to School, Back to Basics Coming Aug. 13

It's never too early to think about the back-to-school needs for your kids. Mark your calendars for the annual Back to School, Back to Basics event!




Backpacks and school supplies for kids!


Important information about the school year every parent needs!


Giveaways and much more!


What: Back to School, Back to Basics

When: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Where: Child Haven Campus, 701K N. Pecos Road


This event is presented by Peggy's Attic, Fostering Southern Nevada, Three Square and DFS. Stay tuned to Caregiver Courier for more details. Click here for other Back to School events scheduled throughout the Valley in August.

Family Reunification Celebrated
at Three Square with Annual Recognition Gala


DFS staff were joined by elected officials, community partners and child welfare professionals last month for the fourth annual Reunification Dinner celebration. Four families who overcame challenges to reunify were on hand at the event. The event was hosted at Three Square by DFS. 


DFS Assistant Director Michael Knight is joined by the Nelson family, one of the four families honored at the Reunification Dinner.  


Local media personality Lillian McMorris served as emcee for the event. 









Alicia Davisson (right) executive director of East Valley Family Services, receives a special recognition from DFS Assistant Director Paula Hammack for her 30+ years of child welfare service. 

Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Frank Sullivan addresses the audience at Reunification Dinner. Judge Sullivan nominated one of the honored families at the event.


The Mesler family, pictured here with Judge Frank Sullivan and DFS Manager Mari D. Parlade, packing up their limo for the ride home after the Reunification Dinner.


Click here to view the story from KLAS-TV 8 News Now. 

Child Haven Campus Receives Donation of New Bicycles

Thanks to Together We Rise, the Child Haven campus has 58 brand new bicycles for kids of all ages to use. Staff from Child Haven received the bicycles at Wynn Las Vegas last month, where attendees of the Advent Connect 2015 conference built the bikes.


Together We Rise works with foster agencies, social workers, CASA and other partners across the nation to provide new bicycles and other supplies to children in care.


Click here to learn more about Together We Rise.

2015 Youth Leadership
Conference Scheduled


This is a great opportunity for all Independent Living youth who want to learn important leadership skills.


What: 2015 Youth Leadership Conference: Creating Tomorrow's Leaders Today

When: Friday, July 17, 2015, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Aston Montelago Village Resorts at Lake Las Vegas, 30 Strada di Villaggio, Henderson


Transportation will be provided to the resorts from the DFS Central location at 121 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.


Click here for more information. You may also call 702-455-7216 or email or for additional information. 

Spotlight on Quality
Audrey Rosenstein:
Quality Caregiver, Volunteer,
QPI Co-lead & more!
Each month the Foster Parent Champion Program highlights a caregiver, case manager, or other foster care team member who exemplifies the quality of care that we strive for as a community focused on the needs of children.


Audrey Rosenstein is an amazing individual who has a kind word for everyone she meets. She does an amazing job at helping others and putting everyone else's priorities above her own. She and her husband Craig have 14 children: five biological, seven adopted from foster care and two currently in foster care.


Audrey manages Peggy's Attic, the donation cottage for Child Haven. Peggy's Attic provides clothing and personal items for children coming in to the foster care system.


Click here to read more about Audrey.


Do You Know a Quality Caregiver, Case Manager or Other Foster Care Team Member? 
To nominate a caregiver, case manager or other foster care team member that you believe demonstrates quality care, please email your nomination to or call us at 702-455-1149. The Foster Parent Champion Program is available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Caregiver Video of the Month:
Changing Challenging Behavior

Video of the Month: Changing Challenging Behavior 
Length: 39 minutes

Training Hours: 1½ credit

Rating: ★★★★





Summertime is officially here and with it brings swimming, BBQ's, and fun in the sun. Change in schedule and routine may also bring out our children's triggers and challenging behaviors.


The QPI Just in Time Training website has support and ideas on how to address those summer challenges. Changing Challenging Behavior is a video that will help caregivers determine why specific behaviors happen and provide the skills to teach appropriate behaviors and create a positive behavior plan.


At the end of the training, caregivers will be able to assist their child in replacing problematic behaviors with positive ones.


Click here to view this video: Changing Challenging Behavior

School's Out!

Are You Ready for the Summer?


Back by popular demand, the Caregiver Courier Summer Activities List! 


Click here to check out these great, family-friendly events and activities in and around the Vegas Valley. Summer camps, movies, water parks and much more! 


Workgroup Spotlight:
Support & Retention

This workgroup has taken on the responsibility of creating a model for caregiver support and retention efforts. The goal of this workgroup is to provide support services to caregivers through the Foster Parent Champion Program by using a customer service model.


The Support & Retention team is also defining the roles and responsibilities of quality caregivers and developing support tools to make caregivers lives easier.


Co-Leads: Karlene Ulibarri, Bountiful Family Services; Audrey Rosenstein, Fostering Southern Nevada; Shannon Rooney, DFS.


Meetings: Second Thursday of each month at noon.

Want to get involved? The Support and Retention workgroup is always looking for motivated, engaged caregivers and community members who want to join in developing programs to support and retain quality caregivers.

If you're interested in learning more about this workgroup, please contact or call 702-455-7416.

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