The Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will hold orientation sessions for community members to learn more about becoming licensed foster care parents in White Pine County. Two orientations will be held on Nov. 13 from noon – 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Ely Division of Child and Family Services located at 740 Park Ave.  Orientations are open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent can attend either session.

The need for foster and adoptive parents in Ely surpasses the entire rural region of the state. Foster and adoptive care needs arise when the safety and protection of a child is not met by their parents or caregiver. If relatives cannot be located for a child who needs out-of-home placement services, DCFS helps by arranging foster care placement. The removal of a child from his or her natural environment is taken only as a last resort, as part of the overall continuum of services provided by DCFS.

“We want to help build community awareness on the need for foster and adoptive parents in Ely. Our goal is to answer questions and inform potential and interested foster parents on the dire need in the community. If they’re interested, we help them get started in becoming a licensed foster care parent,” said Lori Nichols, licensed social worker at Division of Child and Family Services.

Foster parents are required to attend a pre-service training prior to obtaining a license. The training curriculum is offered in both English and Spanish. All training sessions are co-taught by current and former foster and adoptive parents and state staff. A foster family must meet all minimum licensing standards as established by Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 424. FBI background checks are conducted on all applicants and residents 18 years of age or older living in the home. After the initial license is issued, resource families must complete 4 hours of advanced training per year in order to keep the license current.  Licenses are renewed annually to assure an acceptable level of care is maintained by the foster parents and an on-site visit to the home is made for each renewal license issued.

For more information or to learn more, please call 1-888-423-2659 or visit http://www.dcfs.state.nv.us/.