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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

October 2015
Halloween Events for
the Whole Family

Get your ghosts, goblins, fairy princesses and Jedi knights ready for a month full of Halloween fun! We've compiled a short list of family-friendly Halloween activities throughout the month of October that's sure to make for a spooktacular Halloween season.

Don't miss the two events on Halloween weekend EXCLUSIVELY for children in DFS care! 

Click here for the list of events.

Answer Your Questions About Visitation Issues in Upcoming Interactive Webinar

Dr. Charles Zeanah
Join the 8th Judicial District Court - Juvenile Dependency Division for a free, interactive webinar to discuss issues and factors affecting visitation and quality care for children in foster care. 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
When: Noon - 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Register Now for the
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!


This event is open to
all children in DFS care.


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. 

Want to Get Caught Up on QPI? Don't Miss the Upcoming Caregiver Meeting

This meeting is designed specifically for caregivers like you, who want to get more involved with the Quality Parenting Initiative and share your input.

What: QPI Caregiver Meeting
When: Noon - 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Where: DFS Central Location, 121 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas | Clark Room

Included on the agenda:
  • Information about the various work groups
  • Current work group projects

For more information, contact

Video of the Month for Caregivers: Help! I Have a Teenager!

Best Practice and Tools for Managing Adolescent Behavior Problems   
Length: 57 minutes
Training Hours: 1 credit
Rating: ★★★★★

The objective of this training is to provide caregivers with tools to effectively manage and understand adolescent behavior and develop parenting skills for what can be the toughest years for both the caregiver and the child! 

The audience learns about adolescent brain development and how it affects behaviors, as well as gain understanding and empathy that will help caregivers deal with these behaviors. At the end of the training, the audience will be able to better understand and cope with raising a teen.

Click here to view the QPI Nevada Training Video: Help! I Have a Teenager!

Attention, Parents!
Get Up & Get Your Teens
Involved with Independent Living

Do you have foster youth in your home, age 14 - 18, that would like to be more active and participate in fun, constructive activities? DFS's Independent Living program has the solution! Dancing, cooking, the arts, sports, cheerleading and much, much more will take place at the quarterly workshops. In addition to the fun, teens will gain valuable lessons and life skills they will carry into adulthood. 

Save the date
What: Independent Living's Activity Workshop
When: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
Where: Juvenile Justice Gym, 651J N. Pecos Rd, Las Vegas. 

Workshops are held quarterly. 

For more information, contact the Independent Living office at 702-455-8029 or

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