Opportunities in Foster Care
There are a few different routes you can take when you choose to foster. Should you choose to foster through the Clark County Department of Family Services (DFS), you can take the following types of placements:
Emergency placement – children that have been on the Child Haven campus for less than 24 hours or need to be picked up from the hospital.
Planned placement – children that have either been on the Child Haven campus for a while or are needing to move from their current foster home.
Respite care – temporary care for foster children when their long-term foster home cannot care for them. Example: current foster parent is going out of town and can’t or won’t take the child with them, current foster parent is having surgery or some family emergency of their own.
Kinship placement – taking placement of a relative (grandchild, cousin, niece, nephew, etc.).
The first step to fostering is to attend an informational meeting. Those meetings are offered at the County on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6pm and the 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month at 9am. There is also a County informational meeting held at Hope Church on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9am.
Process of Licensing
Once you have attended an informational meeting, licensing starts with finger prints and background check. Once those have come back clean, you will take 8 weeks of classes. These classes are once a week and are each 3 hours long. During that same time, you will be preparing your home for an inspection. You will be given a list of items to complete and an updated list after your initial inspection. You will also have to complete CPR classes as well as a car seat training.