Placement Resources for Families
When the safety and protection of a child cannot be met in the parent’s or caregiver’s home, substitute care in the form of relative (kinship) care, foster care, residential therapeutic care, adoption, or other planned permanent living arrangements may become necessary. 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 and the counties providing child welfare services. When it becomes necessary, child welfare agencies place children with available resource families. Resource families are families who exist to meet the needs of Nevada’s waiting children. Resource families may be relatives, fictive family, foster parents, therapeutic foster care parents and adoptive parents. With a resource family, a child may begin with an emergency shelter-care placement, emerge into foster care, with a final outcome of an adoption – and never leave the original resource family home. A resource family is a family who is committed to a child regardless of the child’s needs and level of care.