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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

November 2015
Deadline Approaching for
2015 Angel Tree Celebration
Activities, food and fun for the entire family are planned for the annual Angel Tree Celebration.

What: 2015 Angel Tree Celebration
When: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015
Where: Wirtz Beverage, 1849 W. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas
Pick from one of three time slots (10 - 11:30 a.m., noon - 1:30 p.m. or 2 - 3:30 p.m.) to attend and don't forget to make out your Wish List for the children you register to attend. In addition to games, gifts and meeting some of your favorite holiday characters, attendees will be treated to lunch!


Every child assigned to a DFS case manager is eligible.


Click here to register.


The Angel Tree Celebration is presented by Fostering Futures, in partnership with the Clark County Department of Family Services, Wirtz Beverage and 8 News Now. 

Get Caught Up at the Next 
QPI Saturday Meeting, Nov. 21
This meeting is designed specifically for caregivers like you, who want to get more involved with the Quality Parenting Initiative and share your input on improving care provided to children and families in Clark County.
What: QPI Caregiver Meeting
When: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
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  

Getting "the Call" from
the Principal's Office
Getting the dreaded phone call from school. Every child fears it and no parent wants it. But on the chance it does happen, schools are supposed to follow progressive disciplinary measures.
DFS's educational liaison Dr. Leslie Strasser Murdock provides some sound advice on what every parent and caregiver should know if they get a call from their kids' school.
Click here to read more.
Monthly Child Welfare Webinar Series Featuring Charles Zeanah
to Cover Placement Issues
Join the 8th Judicial District Court - Juvenile Dependency Division for this ongoing, free, interactive webinar series in December (note: November webinar is canceled).
Dr. Charles Zeanah
This session will focus on placement. 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 - Placement
When: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, noon - 1 p.m. PT
Click here for registration
and more information.

Shopping, decorating, traveling...the holidays can be wonderful AND stressful! It's enough to make any parent reach his or her breaking point.
Licensed clinical social worker Anne-Mare Abruscato of Mojave Adult, Child and Family Services provides some great tips for foster parents to have a memorable, happy and stress-free holiday season.
Click here to read more.
Got Someone at Home Thinking About College? Don't Miss This Workshop
Do you have a foster youth that is thinking about college, but doesn't know where to start? The Independent Living Program invites all high school juniors and seniors in care to participate in our College Prep Workshops.
What: DFS Independent Living College Prep Workshop
When: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: CSN Auditorium 101, Engelstad Health Science Building K, CSN Charleston Campus,
6375 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
This informative workshop will cover all the steps to getting into college, including:
  • Preparing for college
  • Applying for grants and scholarships
  • Connecting with CSN and UNLV
All high school aged youth, as well as caregivers and case managers are invited.
Click here for more information on upcoming College Prep Workshops.
For more information, contact the Independent Living office at 702-455-8029 or email: .

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