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Family Las Vegas Easter Events 2013

March 26, 2013 Posted by Ali

Foster Kinship is working hard to prepare for our Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic March 3oth for kinship families. While our picnic is only open to individuals raising relatives and their families, there are a number of other exciting egg hunt and Easter events around the valley!

Kinship Families, please RSVP here:

Free Souper Spring Egg Hunt (ages walking-13)
Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. to noon.
Dula Gym, 441 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6307.
Bring a canned good or non-perishable food item and receive an extra ticket to win a prize egg.
Donations will be delivered to Three Square Food Bank. Children will be released at listed times in
designated areas of Dula Gym to search for eggs filled with treats and discoveries. Tots ages walking-4,
gym floor 9:30 a.m.; ages 5-6, dance room 9:50 a.m.; ages 7-8, fitness room 10 a.m.; ages 8-9,
computer lab 10:10 a.m.; and ages 10-13, gymnasium floor 10:20 a.m.

Ward 2 Spring Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza (all ages)
Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. to noon.
Free and open to the public.
Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, (702) 229-1100.
Bring the family to enjoy DJ music, photos with Easter Bunny, egg hunts, craft projects, games, face
painting, jump houses and raffle drawings.

Eggstravaganza 2013: A FREE Easter Celebration
Saturday, March 30, 10 am – 12 pm
Keller Middle School, 301 Fogg St., Las Vegas
Come and Join us for FREE games, food, music and much more!
This will be our 6th annual Community Egg Hunt. Egg hunts are separated by age group so that kids of
all ages can enjoy the festivities. We hope that you can come out and join us for the fun! Pre-
registration is available up until March 25th at We recommend registering
beforehand so you can spend more time enjoying the fun! Don’t forget your Easter Basket and see you

View more here:

Town Square Park Hop & Shop Easter Egg Hunt and Family Festival – Easter egg hunt
Town Square Park, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Phone: (702) 269-5000. Event date and time: Saturday, March 30, 2013, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Families can visit Town Square Park for a free Hop & Shop Easter event with a variety of activities for children to enjoy. Free Easter egg hunts take place every 20 minutes during morning and afternoon sessions for children ages one to 10 years old. Egg hunts will be divided by age groups 1-3 years, 4-6 years and 7-10 years. Registration will be located in Town Square Park and is required for participation. Egg hunts will be limited to 80 kids per hunt. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos. Please have children bring their own baskets to carry their treats. See their website for the morning and afternoon Egg Hunt Schedules.

First Henderson United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt – Easter egg hunt
First Henderson United Methodist Church, 609 E. Horizon Drive, Henderson, NV 89015. Phone: (702) 565-6049. Email: Event date and time: Saturday, MArch 30, 2013, at 11 . The church will host an Easter egg hunt Event date and time: See their website for the 2013 date. There will be a special toddler area for children ages 0 to 5th grade. The egg hunt will have more than 1,000 eggs.

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May is National Foster Care Month!

May 12, 2012 Posted by Ali

Did you know that 35% of foster parents in Clark County, NV are relatives? We at Foster Kinship salute you, and the thousands of additional relatives who are raising children informally in Clark County. Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child!

Access to a range of postpermanency services is critical to increasing well-being for children and youth who experience foster care. Find resources that provide information about postpermanency support on the National Foster Care Month web section:

Foster Kinship Featured in Article on GOOD

March 23, 2012 Posted by Ali

We had the honor of being featured on GOOD after our $500 challenge win. Here is a link to the article, also copied below.

GOOD Maker Winner: Foster Kinship Brings Hope to Las Vegas Families

In Clark County, Nevada, an estimated 19,000 people have taken on primary parenting duties from another family member. Most of these “kinship caregivers” lack the support needed to ease the financial strain and emotional toll of learning (or re-learning) how to parent, and Ali O’Donnell wanted to do something about it. Last December, after dedicating a year to research and planning, she founded the Las Vegas-based nonprofit Foster Kinship, which won the GOOD Citizenship Challenge on GOOD Maker.

O’Donnell, who originally relocated to Las Vegas from Seattle to work as a mental health counselor for foster youth, says she realized early on that services for caregivers were insufficient. She wanted to help people who have taken on the difficult job of creating safe, loving homes for vulnerable children, while connecting them with others experiencing the same challenges. Foster Kinship exists to provide mentorship, activities, and peer-to-peer support for those who step in to raise a relative’s child when the parents are no longer able or willing to do so. “Often that role falls on grandparents, who must deal with the disruption of ‘second time parenting’ in their retirement years,” O’Donnell says. “It’s a huge change that requires an unexpected amount of knowledge and resources. We want to stand in the gap.”

Foster Kinship will use its $500 grant to spread the word about the services it provides, including support groups for caregivers launching this spring. By the end of the year, O’Donnell hopes Foster Kinship will be actively supporting 100 local families. “It is incredibly rewarding to go out into the community and share this passion and mission,” she says. “I left a comfortable corporate job at Microsoft two and a half years ago because I felt strongly I was climbing a ladder that was up against the wrong wall. Now I have greater alignment in my life, and truly believe in the work I am doing.”

To learn more about Foster Kinship, or to make a donation, visit

Interested in applying or voting for grant opportunities on GOOD Maker? Drop us a line at maker[at]goodinc[dot]com, sign up for our email list, or check out the current challenges on GOOD Maker.

Help Foster Kinship Win a $500 to fund Relative Caregiver Support Groups!

February 23, 2012 Posted by Ali

Hey Friends! I have entered Foster Kinship in the running for a $500 grant from GOOD to help start our kinship support groups. PLEASE take a moment to vote for me, I would so appreciate it! Pass it on if you can. MANY THANKS!!!


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