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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

December 2015
Springs Preserve Offers Exclusive Discount to Caregivers
Enjoy all the nature and beauty of Las Vegas' history at the award-winning Springs Preserve at a special, discounted price throughout 2016.
As a special thank you to caregivers, the Springs Preserve is offering a $2 discount per child (limit 6 per visit) from now until the end of 2016. All you have to do is show your Foster Parent ID badge to get the admission discount. This offer is good for any and all visits to the Springs Preserve.
Click here for details about the discount, then visit the Springs Preserve online.  
Check Out These Holiday Activities
for the Whole Family! 
Looking for holiday family fun that won't break the bank? Whether it's a festival of lights, a tree lightning or a parade, this list from has plenty to keep you busy all through December.

Click here for the list.
Annual Adoption Day Event
Celebrates Forever Families
More than 200 people attended the annual Adoption Day Celebration last month on Nov. 18 at the Juvenile Justice Center to honor all those families, past and present, who opened their homes and adopted children through DFS.
More than 500 children in DFS care have been adopted in 2015, including 75 on Adoption Day. Additionally, on Adoption Day:
  • 49 families finalized adoptions
  • 15 siblings found their forever families
  • Children from 1 - 14 years old were adopted
Click here to read more about the event from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Caregiver Voices:
"Where You Go, I Go"
With the holiday season upon us, holiday gatherings are sure to be plentiful. As caregivers make holiday plans for the whole family, we share an important reminder from foster parent Mike Pochowski that children in care are also a part of the family: "Where you go, I go."
Click here to read Mike's story.

Project Independence:
Olive Crest's Program is Changing Lives for the Better
Through its Project Independence program, Olive Crest has made great strides in assisting youth in care. The goal of Project Independence is to help youth establish the skills necessary to be successful, independent individuals as they transition out of foster care.
Click here to read about Elliot and Tina, two Project Independence success stories.
Get Caught Up at the Next 
QPI Saturday Meeting, Dec. 19
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, Dec. 19, 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  

Zappos Hosting College Prep Event
for Youth in Foster Care

Join us for an upcoming College Preparation event geared toward youth in foster care and care providers on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Zappos. Colleges, universities, and trade schools in Nevada along with agencies that assist with education, financial aid, scholarships, transportation and housing will come together in one location to share their program information with foster youth.
What: College Preparation for Foster Youth & Care Providers
When: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: Zappos at 400 East Stewart, Las Vegas
The critically acclaimed documentary First Generation  will be shown, followed by a panel discussion. Produced by First Generation Films, the documentary depicts the journey of four students as they pursue their college dreams. It will educate, enlighten and depict the challenges they face along the way.
This event is presented by Fostering Futures of Las Vegas, DFS, SAFY, Wells Fargo, and Project We.

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

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.
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. PST
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