Critical need for foster families in Nevada’s rural counties

FALLON—In rural Nevada, many teens and children need a safe, temporary living situation so Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) is looking for devoted families and individuals willing to share their heart and their home by becoming a licensed foster caregiverer. Nevada DCFS will be wilding foster care training Feb. 10, 16 and 17, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., at Banner Churchill Community Hospital, Lake and Tahoe rooms, 801 E. Williams Avenue, Fallon, NV 89406. Attendance for all three days is required for general foster or adoptive applicants.

The training is open to the public though registration is required, and space is limited. For more information or to register for DCFS’s foster care training in Fallon or other rural communities in Nevada please call Lori Nichols at 888-423-2659 or email lnicholes@dcfs.nv.gov.

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, CDFS 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.

“Foster families provide a family life experience for a child removed from their own home. They help children heal and feel supported,” said Lori Nicholes, LSW, recruiter at Nevada Division of Child and Family Services. “Foster parents are a critical part of the child welfare team. They support children and birth families in preparation for reunification.”DCFS utilizes the P.R.I.D.E. (Parent Resource for Information, Development and Education) curriculum, which is designed to educate and equip prospective foster caregivers to address they unique challenges they may face.

About Nevada Division of Child 

and Family Services

Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) together in partnership with families, community supporters and other governmental agencies, provides support and services to assist Nevada’s children and families in reaching their full human potential. Learn more at www.dcfs.state.nv.us or by call 888-432-2659.