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Foster Care

It’s amazing what a life-changing moment it is for you and a child when you choose to open your  heart to a young person in need of a temporary home!  There are approximately 3,000 children in Clark County foster care, from toddlers to teenagers.  Most of the children simply need a place to reside temporarily before they are reunified to their biological families.  For those children who can’t return home, adoption provides them with a permanent family to call their own.  Foster and adoptive parents are a valuable resource for children, their biological families and the entire community.

What is Foster Care? 

Foster parenting is about believing and investing in the future of a child and their biological family. Our foster and adoptive program is designed to provide temporary care of children who are unable to reside with their biological families. Children in foster care need strong and supportive caretakers who are willing to work with their biological families and the Department of Family Services to reunify them with their families. Foster care provides education and training to individuals and/or families interested in becoming foster parents.  The process begins with an Information Session, which describes the foster care system.  Next is a fingerprinting of the prospective foster parent or parents’ to check their background.  Approved families then attend a 24-hour training course, complete a home study and fill out an application.  A home study is a document that describes you and your family and the reasons why you would like to foster or adopt a child.  After successfully finishing these requirements, families are licensed to provide foster care.

How does the adoption process differ from the foster care program?

Adoption is a procedure by which people legally assume the role of parents for a child who is not their biological child. Being a foster parent may lead to providing a permanent home through adoption for a child. Adopted children become full members of the adoptive household, commonly referred to as Forever Families. All potential adoptive resource parents must meet the same licensing requirements that are set by the State of Nevada for foster parents. There are some additional requirements for an adoption to finalize. Being an adoptive parent means making a lifetime commitment to a child, while providing a positive resolution to a challenging situation.          

To learn more about Clark County’s foster care program, we invite you to attend one of our foster care Information Sessions.  The free orientations are held at the following Department of Family Services locations:

Out of an abundance of caution County facilities will be closed to the public effective Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. All inperson trainings and information session are cancelled until further notice.  

Our team along with Clark County Management are continuing to monitor and address concerns around the coronavirus situation in coordination with state, local, and federal health officials. We will continue to work with the community to provide essential family services while taking appropriate precautionary measures to protect families and staff. Families that require support or additional resources are instructed to contact their assigned workers. To keep up with updates as they become available visit: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/faqs/

As we continue to navigate through these uncertain times, the Department of Family Services (DFS) is adapting to find new opportunities to provide safe, and stable homes for children in our care. Starting April 21, DFS will resume foster care information sessions to accommodate families looking to get licensed.  

DFS will also offer online training classes for families already enrolled. DFS will make direct contact and provide specific dates/instructions to access classes. 

Both the information and training classes will be conducted through Webex. Families that are interested in becoming a foster home, please visit countmein.vegas and fill out the interest/RSVP form located under the foster care information session tab. 
The April information schedule will be as follows: 

Information Sessions 

Tuesday, April 21 at 4 p.m. 

Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m. 

Tuesday, April 28 at 4 p.m. 

Fast Facts 

Who Can Foster or Adopt a Child?

  • Clark County residents
  • Married couples
  • Non-married couples, but only one parent may adopt a child
  • Single females
  • Single males
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and couples
  • One parent may adopt, per Nevada State law, unless the couple are registered domestic partners
  • Individuals 21 years of age and older:   
  • A ten-year age difference between the child and the adopting parent is required for adoption.
  • Individuals with disabilities  

Foster and Adoptive Parents Needed: 

  • Those able to foster/adopt teenagers
  • Those able to foster/adopt sibling groups
  • Those able to foster/adopt infants/toddlers
  • Those able to foster/adopt newborns
  • Those able to foster/adopt drug and alcohol exposed infants
  • Those able to foster/adopt children with special health care needs and developmental needs
  • Those able to foster teen moms and their children
  • Those able to provide short term care for other foster families as respite providers
  • Those able to accept immediate placements 24 hours a day

Minimum Licensing Requirements which Include, but are Not Limited to the Following:  

  • Completed Department of Family Services foster care and adoption program application
  • Approved background check
  • Approved fingerprinting
  • Complete 24 training hours
  • Telephone
  • Transportation
  • Housing (can be a rental)
  • Financial stability (we do not run credit checks)
  • Home/renters insurance
  • Car insurance
  • Lifestyle free from drug/alcohol abuse and/or law enforcement difficulties
  • TB testing
  • Pediatric/Adult CPR/First Aid/AED training 
  • Car Seat training (if applicable)
  • Five (5) satisfactory references
  • A home inspection

Last modified on 4/15/2020 8:07