The Child Welfare Training Program includes new caregiver information sessions, kinship licensing classes, car seat safety classes, CPR classes, and QPI online training for kinship families involved with Clark County Department of Family Services (DFS). All trainings are designed to increase the safety, stability, and nurturing capacity of kinship families.
Trainings and services are free and available to individuals parenting a relative's child in foster care in Clark County, NV.
The Kinship Care Roadmap is an easy to read tool for new kinship caregivers who have children in foster care in Clark County, NV. It provides a clear and straightforward overview of the decisions they have control over. The Roadmap includes necessary information on financial and legal differences so they can make the best choices for their family at the right time. It also outlines the rights and responsibilities of working with the child welfare system, court timelines, and permanency options. For an overview of the Roadmap, please attend a Kinship Information Session.
Accurate information early on will allow kinship caregivers working with the child welfare system to make the best decisions for their family at the right time.
Kinship Information Sessions are held once a week for those who have recently received a relative placement through the Clark County Department of Family Services (DFS). Sessions cover information on the Kinship Care Road Map, the kinship licensing process, child-only TANF, Foster Kinship Navigation Services, and community resources for kin families. The 90-minute sessions are free and include time for questions.
We have multiple session options, including an online webinar.
Foster Kinship facilitates the kinship licensing training classes “Caring for Our Own” for the Department of Family Services. The five required classes are three hours long and taken over five weeks for a total of 15 hours. Classes are held at the Foster Kinship offices located at 4344 W Cheyenne, 89032. Free childcare can be provided for children 2+. Registration must be done through by your DFS kinship licensing, ICPC, or adoption worker. Call the DFS Kinship Licensing Training Unit at (702) 455-7400 to get started.
For 30 minutes before every "Meeting 2" of the kinship licensing class, instructions on how to complete the kinship licensing application and 1:1 assistance are provided in the training room at the Kinship Resource Center.
Foster Kinship has nationally certified child passenger safety technicians who offer car seat education and provide car seat checks and assistance with installs for kinship caregivers. Our three-hour class is hands-on, and covers car seat selection, choosing a position in your vehicle, how to determine if the seat should be rear or forward-facing, how to correctly install with either the seatbelt or LATCH system, and how to properly harness your kids. The class ends with the actual installation of your seats in your vehicle.
To sign up for a class, call (702) 546-9988. Classes are offered in English and Spanish. Foster Kinship car seat education classes are offered free to kinship families who are going through the licensing process.
Foster Kinship offers free CPR/AED/First Aid training classes for caregivers going through the kinship licensing process. CPR includes infant, child, and adult. Due to COVID, we are currently offering two options for this course:
1. An interactive, in-person class with testing. This class is 4 hours long and will ensure you leave feeling confident in how to save a life! We offer free childcare during the course. To register, call 702-546-9988.
2. A hybrid course that includes the educational portion online. Once the course is completed, you will schedule a time to come in and test and receive your CPR card. We do offer free on-site childcare during the testing portion. To begin the hybrid class, please click here.
In partnership with Foster Change, we also offer classes for foster parents and kinship caregivers who are not going through the licensing process once a month.
Many relative caregivers are eligible for a cash benefit called child-only TANF through the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. Foster kinship offers free applications and application assistance to apply for this financial benefit.
Application Sessions: Walk-ins are welcome each Wednesday at noon. We also offer child-only TANF application session appointments (phone or office) with a family advocate during our Kinship Resource Center hours.